Chihuahua People Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Until Olive, I've only had bigger dogs, and they've always been family dogs.
Olive is my first dog, who is 100% mine, and the first dog I've helped take care of that is this small!
So I've got a bunch of silly questions. None of them are too serious, just new owner worries. (I've had her for almost 3 months but thats still "new")

1. She is 4 months old and just about 4lbs. Her mom was a chi and about 5lbs, and her dad was a 8-9lb pom. I'm hoping beyond hope she'll take after her dad, but she physically looks practically like a chi purebred. Is there any hope she'll be bigger or am I kind of looking at full grown already?

2. For seemingly no reason, she'll sniff the carpet or some furniture and start scratching/digging like crazy! And she gets obsessive about it sometimes, I can never get her to stop. She seems to do this mostly before she hits "the wall" on energy. Like shes getting frustrated that shes sleepy. Is this a puppy thing? Or a chi thing? And how can I make her stop? I don't mind too much, but she gets fibers of the carpet up and I don't want her to eat them.

3. Shes really picky about food. I've always had a hard time getting her to eat. She won't eat dry kibble. So what I do is boil some chicken breast, chop it really small, then wet some kibble and mix it together. I feed her 3 times a day, sometimes 4 if we've gone on a run or hike, and most of the time she eats it. But sometimes she snubs it. Her vet is worried about her blood sugar, so I got her puppy nutracal for when she won't eat. Any tips from other picky eaters? Will she grow out of this? I don't want to always doctor her food, and her vet says at about 8 months he wants me to stop and get her to just eat kibble. What else can I do?

4. Shes scared around other dogs. I want to take her to "puppy play dates" at my PetCo. Is this a good idea? Will it help her warm up to other dogs? I'd like her to like other dogs, as my family is thinking of getting another dog, and I also have plans in the future of having another dog with her.

5. She has some pretty bad separation anxiety, she freaks out when alone for longer than 5 minutes. I've been leaving her alone for more and more time each day to try and fix it, but it doesn't seem to be working. Her vet wants to keep her overnight when she gets spayed, so I'd like her to be okay with being alone within 2 months. I'd love some tips! Or just keep going like I'm going?

6. I have asthma, and for some reason whenever I use my inhaler she gets upset. She looks at me worried and starts licking me. And whenever anyone coughs too much, she'll run over to them and freak out a little bit. If I hurt myself, stub my toe, or get yelled at by roommates/family, she freaks out! Shes always so worried about me. Why is she so worried? Is there anyway I can get her to calm down? I'm always so worried about how she'll react, I can't express my various pains and annoyances. (But maybe thats a good thing)


Oookay I can't think of anything at this moment, but you've all been there so you know I'll come up with something else!
Sorry for the wall of text and all the questions. But thanks in advance for any advice or anything else!
Honestly if you wanna just throw in any "new doggy mom" advice I'd love that too!
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
5,713 Posts
Hi and welcome to the forum.
1. At 4 months she will be pretty close to fully grown, but she will continue to fill out until she is 18 months old. She won't necessarily look a lot bigger than she does now but she will definitely get heavier. She is unlikely to stay less than 5lbs, I would guess she will be around 6lbs fully grown.

2. The sniffing and digging sound like normal puppy play. She can probably smell something underneath the carpet and want to get to it. Just distract her with a toy or game if you don't want her to dig at the carpet.

3. It is important she enjoys her food so you know she will eat enough. What kibble are you feeding? Often kibbles recommended by vets are not the best ones. Changing to a better quality kibble with a higher meat content will often do the trick, or don't feed kibble at all. There are lots of great options now, kibble is definitely not essential.

4. It is vital that you socialise her now. She needs to learn how to meet and greet other dogs in the appropriate manner. With a nervous puppy it is important that every time she meets a dog it is a positive experience for her. Try and take her to meet friends dogs who you know are well mannered. Let her meet the dog in her own time, don't force her.

5. She doesn't sound like a very confident puppy, so you need to build her confidence. Leaving for short periods is a great idea, but make sure she is settled with a toy or whatever before you leave. More socialising and general training will all help with her confidence levels, also getting her into a routine of feeding, naps, walks etc.

6. She sounds like a very sensitive girl, dogs know when we are hurting and she is concerned. This is tied in with points 4 and 5, as she gets more confident she will be less worried about you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
1. I'm very worried about her being small and how dangerous the world is. I think I'd be okay with her being about 6lbs, thats not that small.

2. Maybe its time to get the carpet cleaner out then :p If its just a puppy thing and not something I have to nip in the bud early I won't worry too much.

3. She eats Natural choice small breed puppy. It wasn't what her vet suggested, but he did tell us if she doesn't like it to keep trying new ones. We've also tried nutranugget puppy and wet food of both kinds. I was thinking of trying Blue Wilderness because thats really meaty. Not sure if they have puppy though.

4. Most every time shes met a dog its been good. So I guess just keep on trucking.

5. Yeah shes pretty nervous and not confident. I normally leave when shes napping or chewing on something. We have a pretty good routine of waking up, feeding, naps ect but walks are spastic. I live in Washington and it rains or sunshines randomly. We have to go on more walks for sure. I've never thought before her being more confident would help her separation anxiety. But it sure makes sense!

6. Alright, so it sounds like I have a good plan now that solves a lot of things :3
Thanks so much for your advice!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,172 Posts
Good answers! I would worry only if this puppy was maybe getting hypoglycemic when she gets 'obsessed' with the carpet and can't stop herself? Try giving her some of the nutracal maybe and see if that helps this behavior. Otherwise, I'd just pick her up or stop the behavior.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I've heard that other obsessive behaviors, like chasing their tails, can mean their blood sugar is low, but I never connected the two. Thanks for pointing that out! I'll try it next time she does it :3
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top