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Old 02-28-2018, 04:43 PM
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Hello. I've adopted my first chihuahua from a reputable breeder. She is still with the breeder till 12 weeks (is currently 5.5 weeks). But, wanted to finally make a profile here.

I've been coming to this site for information as a non-member for awhile, as I've done a lot of research leading up to preparing for, and then choosing my puppy. I hope I can eventually be able to help someone else, in time.

Her name is Mega. My name is Azra. We live in Perth, Australia. I'm originally from the U.S., however. I am willing and eager to meet up for playdates/socialization.

Nice to meet you all
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:21 PM
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Hi, welcome
I also started off as a "visitor" and then I had finally joined and it's been great. I'm always learning
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:51 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Azra. You certainly sound like you did your 'homework' on this puppy! Good for you. Do you have a pen for Mega? It helps with house training. And when you can not really watch her, a safe place for her. I like a pen like an Iris pen. Bigger than a tiny crate. I put the crate inside the pen with a washable pee pad down, with water and a few chew toys.. Puppy sort of trains herself to 'go' on the pad. There are disposable ones too, of course.
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:55 PM
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add on: I like to make the crate a bed, so make sure it has a comfy pad inside to rest on. When she has to go to the vet, just pick up the crate/carrier and go! I actually have a ferret carrier that my chi's love. Small enough, but still sturdy enough to carry. One of my chi's LOVES her ferret carrier.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:57 PM
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Oooh, I am SO prepared! LOL! Susan, you'll be so proud of me.

I've got a wire kennel attached to an exercise pen. That way she gets the nice confinement area, but also gets used to using a kennel as her den (so, when she grows out of needing the ex-pen, we can still have the kennel out whenever she needs short-term confinement, say, if the front door needs to be left open or whatever). I'm going to start the ex-pen area small, then gradually make it bigger once she proves she understands where to go potty. I've already requested 2 weeks off work for when I bring her home.

I got a sleepy pod Air for the car and traveling.

I've got UgoDog trays for indoor potty training (they were a tad pricey, but I can't get anything better here in Australia, and they were the ones I really wanted). She's already started litter box training at the breeders, so should be an easy transition using the ex-pen...hopefully.

I bought a pack of 3 Adaptil collars to help her transition to a new home. I got a snugglepuppy. Kongs. Fuzzy dog toys (I've noticed chihuahuas love plush, soft, toys). Chew toys. I'm going to make her rope toys and a snuffle mat with t-shirt yarn.

I've bought a nice cave-style bed, and blankets. And stairs for the sofa.

I bought toothpaste and some small cat toothbrushes (I'm hoping they'll be small enough for her).

I've already contacted a wonderful professional dog walker to do Mon-Fri home visits when I'm working.

I've been checking the RSPCA site regularly so I can get her into puppy classes starting the week I bring her home.

I've already chosen a vet. I'm also really lucky to live 10 minutes from an Emergency Vet and Veterinary college.

I joined the Chihuahua Club of WA. And know a few other resources for finding chihuahua meet-ups and playdates and toy dog socialization opportunities.

I bought a couple xs harnesses. I"m hoping one of them will fit her at 12 weeks..we'll see.

I've also bought some cheap xs and xxs jumpers off ebay....also hoping at least one of them will fit.

I'm still making a decision on food. But, I know I want a base of grain-free kibble, with one cooked meal a day. Occasionally grain-free, high quality wet food or raw meals. Occasionally raw treats (like meaty bone). But, I don't want to go full raw, because I don't trust that I'll do it right. I'd rather not take the chance of making her sick, and there are some really great pre-made/commercial foods out there right now. But, I do want to make sure she gets used to eating a variety of foods so that she doesn't get picky or, hopefully not, develop allergies.

I need to get some nutritional gel for just in case she gets low blood sugar.

She's the smallest of the litter, and the breeder thinks she'll stay small. But, she's healthy, and she's the boldest, most independent puppy. I didn't choose her because she was small, the breeder wanted her to go to a home without children or large animals.

I plan on getting her a sibling in 1.5-2 years. But, will want to adopt an adult of around that age then. That plan can change though.

I'm excited and nervous. But, just keep telling myself I've done the research, I've got a plan, I just need to stick to the plan, and give her lots of love.

Thanks to everyone welcoming me and giving advice!!!!!!!!
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