Originally Posted by JuniorDrake
I have researched it thats why im asking if anyone has raised chi pups successfully as we all know there not like other dogs. There has to be a way to raise them.
Raise them the same way you would any other dog because they are dogs.
Taking into consideration physical needs such as coats and possibly booties for winter and care not to step or stumble other them, they are dogs and should have the same rules, expectations, and rewards as other dogs.
I just adopted my first Chihuahua after 40 years of owning large breeds such as German Shepherd mixes, border collies, and golden retrievers.
This is what I did.....first got him healthy by removing several rotten teeth. Introduced kibble in his food once his mouth healed. Introduced discipline as in “no, you will *not* growl at me,” no, you will ABSOLUTELY NOT hump other dogs, set the expectation that no, I would not carry him anywhere, introduced him to being buckled in a car seat, introduced him to Petsmart, Best Buy, Lowell’s, Home Depot, introduced him to puddles in parks, introduced him to other dogs, let him learn how to play with other dogs, introduced him to marrow bones, introduced him to the end of a raw chicken wing.....in short, every single thing my goldens already know and have known since day one at home. I have already enrolled him in basic adult obedience class.
You treat your puppies like dogs because that’s what they are. If they’re going to be well mannered dogs then they need to *be* dogs.
Now, as far as littermates, you’re experiencing the well known problem of bringing home two babies who have lost everything they have ever known and all they have left is each other. They will seek each other for comfort, for play, for guidance.
My suggestion is to separate them and do things with only one at a time. Take one to Petsmart and then the other. Put
one in his crate and play with the other. Take one to McDonalds and share a soft cone and then the other. And yes, crate train. They will be able to fly in the cabin with you, go in a train with you, go to a hotel with you if they know that a crate is their own little private den. Remember, they’re dogs. They like their dens.
I have two golden retriever cousins. They’re five years apart but they’re from the same breeder and have the same grandparents. I’d SWEAR they know they’re cousins. SO bonded. But I have made sure to always take one out for bonding time alone with me; go to the river, go shopping, go on a walk in the woods. So they’re bonded with each other but they’re also bonded to me.
So I would separate them and do “Mom and me” time with each separately.
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