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We just brought home our little girl Camilla 8 weeks old last weekend and she was the shy runt of the litter, so I thought perfect she'll be a mellow dog.

I get her home and she's a maniac...constantly chasing and wrestling my two cats. When I pick her up she squirms to get away. I thought Chihuahua loved to be carried and held??? When she's tired she goes ino the closet to sleep by herself. And when I place the cats in the other room she crys. I know this is an important time in her life to bond and I'm afraid maybe she won't bond with my fiance and I.

Anyone have this problem??
 

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My little girl Piper was exactly the same way, and it was really hard after raising Gizmo, who was such a little lover from the start. With Piper, from 8 weeks of age till about 5 months, she wanted nothing to do with the mushy stuff. She was too busy playing and chasing Gizmo. I'd try to get her to fall asleep on my lap or in my arms, but she would climb off me and back onto her bed and curl up there. And yes, she squirmed to get away from us too.

She came around. She loves to cuddle and snuggle with us now. Her favorite spot is wrapped around my neck. I think some puppies are just more independent than others. She'll still bond with you. Don't worry. :)
 

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Right now, your puppy is in a completely new environment with lots of new things to explore. This is a whole new world for her-she is a young puppy and she is curious and full of energy. Give her some time to adjust to her new home. Rather than try to hold her and have her squirm, get down on her level and play with her toys with her and work on establishing a good relationship. She will come around-right now she just has more interesting things (at least to her) to do than sit on someone's lap. And as Owned said, they all have different personalities and behave differently. This is one of the things that makes chis so special and so unique. But they are a very affectionate and loving breed, and I'm sure yours will be too with time and patience. :)
 

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Try spending time away from home with only your chi. Take her on road trips, and around town (after she's all vaccinated of course). The key is to have your chi experience and socialize with you as her "foundation". In new environments, your chi will stick to what it knows: you. Trusting you in unknown situations will build a better bond between you, and you'll find that at home the trust will carry over. Also, working on training your new chi will help you establish a respectful relationship with your dog and letting her know you are alpha will have her wanting your approval all the time, which leads to cuddling and lots of nudges for pets and belly rubs.
 

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Wow i got totally confused then and thought Camilla Poppy's mum in china had got another chihuahua :?
 

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Yeah my lil girl is VERY independent but slowly getting better......when she is sleepy use this as a good time to rub her andpet and brush etc. Its nerve wracking with these puppies.........I am sure it will all work out in the end. :D
 

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You've already gotten some great advice here but I would add one thing. Be very careful when she squirms. Most of us have experienced having our chi's squirm and end up crashing to the floor. Believe me, it makes a noise you don't ever want to hear and it scares the living daylights out of you. :(
 

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:)

I totally agree with IloveSadie...try to spend time alone with your little Camilla. My Sally Lolita was very independent for the first 5 months...she wouldn't let me carry her or hold her...she would always run away from me and even bite me if I tried to force her to be in my arms...so I gave up trying to have an affectionate dog and I just let her be. When she moved with me to Canada, I was the only person who she knew from her past world. Since she got here, she's totally changed. She is the most loving and adoring puppy ever...she only wants to be with me...have her naps on my lap...she wants me to carry her everywhere I go...and do all these stuff I would have never thought possible to do with her....I think it's because she feels the need to be with someone who she knows in this unknown world where she is living now.
Just be patient and wait for her to come around...don't try to push her cus she will only get upset and annoyed. If u r patient you will see how she will blossom as the loving chi you've been waiting for.
 

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:hello1:i used to work 4 a rescue in nyc.whenever we would pet the pups we wouldnt do it so long that the pup would get tired of it.we would leave the pup w//wanting alittle more.she knows rite now that youre wrapped around her paw.try leaving her w/wanting alittle more n she'll eventually start coming to u.if u try to drown her w/snuggles she'll kno shes in charge n can get attention whenever SHE wants.u need her to want to come 2 YOU.:D
 

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Gracie has always been a 'squirmer'...She's 14 months now, and I'm doubting it will ever change. Things have to really quieten down for her to allow you to hold her, and I'm not sure if I'm really 'holding' her, even then. When she gets tired, she will drape her little self across my lap or my legs, or curl up on the pillow by my head with her head and neck across mine.

Anytime I pick her up, it's like holding a very slick snake. I never try unless I'm sitting in the floor...She can get away from me very easily...
 

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These old threads crack me up! I'm sure the original poster isn't waiting around wondering if her post got answered. LOL.

ON the other hand, many questions can be helpful to new people so even a resurrected thread can have good information. :)
 

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These old threads crack me up! I'm sure the original poster isn't waiting around wondering if her post got answered. LOL.

ON the other hand, many questions can be helpful to new people so even a resurrected thread can have good information. :)
Hey how do you know they have not been waiting around all these years just hoping someone gives a solution to the problem? :D

Seriously though, you are right, if people do a search about this subject because they are having the same problem, they might get useful info from this old thread.
 
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