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So this is not only my first time owning a chi but my first mall dog. I've had big dogs all my life great danes, & put bulls are completely different than chihuahua's. I have researched so much about them but I still don't feel educated enough. My chi Lola is so scared of everything and I'm not sure how to make her feel comfortable. We have 2 small children & my husband actually got lola for our daughter as a 3rd birthday gift & we also have a 10 month baby boy so we definitely don't want a little biter. Ive heard they can get quite aggressive with kids so if someone could please help me. How can I help our little lola not be so scared & not become aggressive towards kids???.
 

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Sorry to say, the greater danger is what small children can do to a Chihuahua...
Please supervise their every moment together for Lola's safety. Welcome to Chi Ppl :)
 

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Lola is 7 weeks old, I do watch them very closely. I make sure my daughter doesn't pick her up our hold her unless she's sitting down & I'm there to supervise. I'm just not sure how to neroli her get over being scared of sounds? Between the kids & other dogs barking I feel like she's going to have a nervous breakdown..
 

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They're not aggressive towards children, it's all about how you bring them up. Any dog not brough up right will be aggressive towards children. Small dogs tend to get a reputation for this kind of thing because they're more likely to be allowed by their owners and the people they meet to do things that bigger dogs would never get away with. Literature about chihuahuas does say they're not good with kids, but that's mostly because of their small fragile size. Mylo is not in the least bit aggressive towards anyone.

7 weeks seems awfully young to be away from the mother. It's recommended that Chis not be taken away from their mother until at least 8 weeks. This is the time where they are being socialised and getting used to different situations, they would do that with the back up of their mother and having her scent around tells the chi that it is safe to go there because their mother has been there before. You can get some of this pheromone spray (I think it's called) and spray it where you want your chi to feel comfortable. I'm pretty sure I've seen it on amazon.

At this point it is your job to socialise her in every way possible, making sure that all the experiences are good ones. This is where she lays down opinions about the world. She has a bad experience with children then she will remember that and be scared of children. You need to provide a calm vibe for her. She will read your feelings and feed off them. For example, there were road works outside and the windows were open when my OH was home with Mylo. Mylo freaked out which worried my OH and Mylo carried on with the fearful behaviour. I came home and the roadworks started again...he sees me as a mother figure...I stayed calm and ignored the noise and carried on playing with him as I was so he started to ignore them also.

If she's scared of noises and such then you can find clips of whatever it is on YouTube and play them at a low level, getting louder each time and distract her so she gets used to them. I've done this with babies crying because I plan on having children in tuner future and anything they hear and become familiar with now will scare them less in the future. Just expose her to as many situations as possible....read the sticky that's around here about rule of 7s. Make sure they're positive with treats and such and that you praise for good responses, ignore fearful responses...do not reassure her in the way people tend to do because this will reinforce the behaviour.

In terms of biting, a puppy will mouth...it's part of their growing and learning...they're also likely teething. It's suggested that you yelp like another puppy would but I find ow works better because yelping seemed to encourage him, it's whatever works best with your dog. Then say no in a firm voice. If she continues remove her or yourself from the situation for around 20 seconds and then go back to playing. If she's chewing on something you don't want her to chew on say no firmly and them give her something she can chew on, then praise her profusely for chewing the right thing. I find that if there's something I really don't want Mylo chewing on, like wires, I clap my hands and say no and it usually does the trick. She's a puppy so it's normal at this point, so don't worry too much and try to be patient with her. Make sure the children make slow movements around her if possible because puppies interpret jerky movements as play. Do as much research on socialisation as possible and before long she shouldn't be afraid of anything. Hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to pm me =)
 

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7 weeks- Wow she should be scared of everything. She is way too young to be taken away from her mom and will miss learning a few things she should have learned from mommy and siblings.

Right now all you can do is try the spray and also find her a safe spot. Maybe not as loud until she gets more comfortable then slowly start bringing her out more and more until she gets comfortable.
 

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7 weeks- Wow she should be scared of everything. She is way too young to be taken away from her mom and will miss learning a few things she should have learned from mommy and siblings.

Right now all you can do is try the spray and also find her a safe spot. Maybe not as loud until she gets more comfortable then slowly start bringing her out more and more until she gets comfortable.
That's a great point. Do you have a crate for her? Try covering it and leave it open during the day so she has a safe place to retreat to. This is especially important with small children around because if they're running around or making a lot of noise she needs somewhere she can go to feel safe. Teach the children that this is her safe spot where she goes if she wants to be left alone and that they should leave her to it.
 

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Our dog, Olive was 6 weeks when we got her. She's 11 weeks now. This being our first puppy, I didn't realize 6 weeks was too young. We adopted our other dog at 6 months of age. Anyway...Everything I've read says Chi's are not good around small children because of the dog's size and the chance they can be hurt by children. (I think someone else already mentioned that here.) We have a crate for Olive's safety and "crate rules" our children are to follow around the dog.
 

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Thank you so much all this will help do much. I've also seemed to run into another problem, our back neighbors have 4 dogs that bark all the time lola is so afraid of them they are so loud, it is trying in the way of potty training. When I take her out those dogs go crazy & she runs as fast as her little body can to the door she hates going in the back yard. I have tried positive activity in the back yard with her like taking her out & playing or simply laying I'm the grass relaxing but our seems everyday the fest starts over. We also live by a base so we have jets fly all day when they go off she runs strait for my lap then when they are done she goes on her way. She does have a crate but she's not liking it so much I have her sleep in it at night I try to make it fun for her by aging toys & small bones to chew on instead of the beading.
 

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That does sound like a bit of a problem! My suggestions would either be deciding to train her to go indoors in a litter type tray or on puppy pads. If not, what you're doing seems to be the right thing it might just take a long while. Keeping going out and doing positive things so she gets used to being out there and your neighbour's dogs get used to her being there. It will happen eventually, you'll just need to do it a lot and be patient. As for the crate Mylo didn't like it at first but now it's hard to get him out of it. I put his favourite toys in there but you could find a toy she really likes and only give it to her when she's in there. I started by taking his blanket and lion out of the crate so he was used to them and then put them in the crate with him, I left it where he could get to it for the fist few days so he could go into it whenever he wanted and I didn't always shut the door when he went in. When I put him in during the day I tried to leave him in for short periods and then come back to show I would always come back. I didn't make a fuss putting him in or coming back. I put interesting things in there with him like an edible bone, his kong filled with random treats (after supervising him with these things to make sure there were no issues) and what seemed to help most was hiding bits of sausage or other treats around the crate for him to find. Once she realises that the crate is a safe place I'm sure she'll start using it more.
 

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...i also liked the video on YouTube for teaching 'go to bed' by Victoria Stilwell. It could be useful for teaching a positive association and the command but I still prefer to let them decide when to go in unless you're leaving or going to bed.
 

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Ok I'll keep up on the potty training & positive actions & crate training. Another thing since she is so young how much should she be eating & how often? I've noticed she doesn't eat or drink allot my other dogs ate every 2 hours when they where pups it was easy to get them on a eating & going outside to potty schedule, i offer it to her as much as possible because I feel she's not getting enough. She will only take a couple bites then be done, I've also tried softening her food by soaking it in water but it doesn't make a difference &i don't wasn't to keep switching her food..
 

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I give Mylo food 3 times a day plus treats for training. Some days he'll eat more, others he'll eat less. The amount tends to go by what you feed them and is usually based on weight of the pup. Does it have a guide on the packaging? I feed ziwipeak which is nutritionally high so he gets a stupidly small amount. He gets 7oz per meal. When I was feeding canned food I put that out three times a day but if he seemed hungry I'd put out a little more and left the kibble out all the time. He's pretty good at knowing when to stop though, he'll not even accept treats if he's full. They only have small tummies so for the most part Mylo will eat little and often. I give him his food but often he won't finish it until it's time to feed the next lot any way.
 

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Ok I think I found some food she likes she's eating better now. Thank you so much all the advise has come to great use.
 
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