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Old 06-13-2018, 12:52 AM
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In a few weeks time we will be getting our first chihuahua! He currently is only a few weeks old, so we have to wait a little before he can come home to us. I want to be sure I am doing everything right and getting him the correct stuff. Any help I can get from current owners would help a ton! So I have a few questions...
1. Soft of hard kennels? I am leaning towards a soft kennel with a metal frame, the "Noz2Noz Soft-Krater Indoor and Outdoor Crate for Pets"
2. Is it okay to get a bigger kennel for him so he can have a potty pad and a bed in it?
3. My husband and I both work, so I am worried on him being alone/kenneled for long period of time. Going to take a day off work, and with the weekend will have 3 full days with him, is that enough before we leave for the whole day?
4. How do I use puppy potty pads? do I have to show him how to use it?
5. our home currently has a cat and a 15 lb terrier/weenier mix dog. I am worried about how they will get along... has anyone introduced a chihuahua into a home that already has pets?
6. any tips on first day(s)/night(s)/toys/what treats/which food/anything at all!
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:24 PM
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Welcome!
These our all my opinions but I'll share
I once bought 2 soft kennels with a metal frame and honestly they didn't work for my dogs. My 5 pound male used a small one and within days he made a whole through it (he constantly was scratching at it) The other one was for a "large" dog so I put Jr (14 pounds) and Sunshine (6 pounds) inside of it. They also quickly learned to scratch at the "door" but thankfully they never escaped. I bought the soft kennels because they were "cheaper" than buying a regular kennel. I say "cheaper" because within a week I had to buy wire kennels. Which I should have done in the 1st place. Now that's just my personal experience. I knew a Chihuahua and his parents kept him in a soft crate when they would take him to visit other/go out of town (they took him everywhere they went especially once he started getting sick) and it was perfect for him as he'd get to sleep in there or if they wouldn't want him to get into thing's. So I guess it just depends on the dog.
I believe thats fine say if you get a kennel meant for a large dog and on one end you put the dog bed and maybe the rest you can line with puppy pads. Most likely anyways he won't want to pee in his bed. But if he learns it's okay to go on the puppy pad he should be just fine.
How many hours? 1st you can't expect the puppy not to have an accident or hold it. I would recommend a setup with a Iris pen or like wise. And you can even have a kennel inside of the pen. Or for example PetSmart has a brand Top Paw and they have a pen where it's compatible to their brand of kennel which you can connect to the pen. So you can leave it with a kennel to sleep in while your gone, and some toys it can run in the pen, and probably puppy pads in a certain area or maybe the entire space in case of accidents I'm honestly not sure what's best as I've personally have never had a setup like that. And honestly I think you should have the setup like that if you can rather than a large kennel.
You can put the puppy on the pad when you think it's time for it to "go" and have a word like "go potty" if he goes have a "party" (lol sorta not literally) and give treats and praise. If he doesn't I'm not too sure (I didn't puppy pad train) maybe just try agian soon. If he goes where he's not supposed to them put him on the pad and say go potty (I believe)
As long as your dog that you already have isn't "dog aggressive" it shouldn't be too bad. You might want to do a slow meet so it can go smoother and just show the dog already there that the new pup is just fine. Hopefully in no time they can play.
Buy some sort of kennel and the first couple nights you can keep it by your bed that might help the pup not cry too much and of course keeping it contained. Or somewhere else in the house and leave it with a stufded toy and if could possibly help to put a blanket/towel if it's a wire type crate.
That's all I have but just remember to enjoy 🙂
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Ari has made excellent suggestions. I use the Iris pen with human grade washable pee pads. The pups food dish/water dish, his bed/small crate, and a few chew toys like those from Kong. I agree with Ari about the 'soft sided crates/carriers to leave a puppy in when you're not there. Too easy to chew/scratch through. I had the 'ferret carrier' in the Iris pen with the door open (the ferret carrier door). Now one of the chi's I have loves her ferret carrier, and sleeps in it, inside the Iris pen with a pee pad down. If you leave the pup in the pen, with a pad down, it won't have any choice but to do its 'business' on the pad. I also have some down in my house/bedroom.

The other thing is you need to find a way to feed this little pup. For a chihuahua not to eat 4 times a day when they are tiny is to invite low blood sugar.

Put the pup into a pen/crate and let the other dog/cat smell and see it. Let it out when you can watch the interaction. There just might be lip curling, growling from the terrier but as long as it doesn't escalate, I'd ignore it. They'll have to get to 'know' each other.

As far as the 'first day' goes try and keep it as normal to what you have now. Like a weekend.
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Thanks for all the great info!

I am worried about the full metal kennels though, my co-worker has a Chihuahua puppy and his foot got stuck and he fell over and ended up breaking is leg! would maybe a metal kennel with some kind of breathable material around it so he can't get his legs stuck in it work?
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We have always used a hard plastic cat/dog crate, with no issues. We've raised two pups previously this way, and are currently doing the same with our three month old baby.

It's essential that your baby is fed at least three times per day while young, four is better. I'm in the same position as you - hubby and I both work full time. We have slightly different days off, so there are three days a week where one of us is home, and four a week where we both work. I have to take my lunch break on those days to run home and let Piper our for her lunch and potty break. Sometimes she goes back into the crate for the afternoon, and sometimes she comes back to the office with me for the afternoon - I'm lucky that way!

We've gone through introducing a new dog or cat to the existing family many times. We have had Tink for almost 14 years, she was our first pet together. Since then, we have introduced an adult dog (since passed), a kitten (since passed), another kitten (he's now 13 and still going strong), another kitten (since passed), a male puppy (he'll be 5 this year), another male puppy (he just turned 3), another kitten, and yet another kitten two month later (they're both turning 2 this year)...and last month, ANOTHER puppy, who is now 3 months old. I stress out over the new addition each and every time, worrying about whether it will go smoothly or if they'll hate the newcomer. Each and every time, it goes just fine. Usually there are a few days at first where the existing pets aren't too thrilled, but more in a "I want nothing to do with you" way. Adding Piper last month was my biggest worry as Finley, the 3 year old male, has had dog aggression issues that we have been working on for about two and a half years - he's made progress for sure, but I was still really worried about adding another to his family. He did SO WELL, I still can't believe it. He and Piper are best of buds now, and it only took about two days before he accepted her. You just have to be smart and careful about it. Change as little about your regular routine as possible. Make sure the existing pets aren't neglected in favour of the new puppy, or that the new puppy always comes second (ie: feeding time - new puppy gets fed last). Always have supervised together time, keep them separated and the puppy safe when you can't be there to watch every move.
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We just got our first Chihuahua p puppy. We have 2 wire crates. One in the living room and one in the bedroom. We took her outside every two hours t tey hed used to asking to go out and used to a leash and collar. Puppy pads didn't work for us because of course puppy chew. We lost 2 pairs of flip flops, a set of headphones, a pair of shoes, multiple stuffed toys and a blanket so far. We got wire crates that have the moveable dividers. I lined the whole bottom with a blanket and her bed is in her night time crate. We bought her "tough" toys like a Kong and other hard balls. She is already spoiled rotten. We were lucky enough that we got her the day after acho was it for the kids so she hasn't had much crate time during the day. Although the days that she has been I am able to come home at lunch and let her out. We have 2 cats. One still isn't Happy but is getting better. The other one now comes around her much more but is still a little iffy. Just take your time and have patience.

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She is a cutie, love the pink collar on her.
Sounds like she's doing amazing in her new home 🙂
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