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We were just offered a chihuahua because the person feels they do not have the time for a puppy.
I fell in love with her the first time I saw her but I have some concerns. The owner does not even know how old she is or how much she weighs and she has not had any shots. They have had her for approximately 2 months but by guessing I would say if she is over 3 months that is it. That leads me to believe that she was brought away from her mother too soon.
She is currently biting the other dog in their household. This is my major concern because I do not want to bring a dog in that may bite on Jaxx. It makes sense to me though that she is biting because she spends a lot of time alone and it could be related to stress.
They have started crating her to keep her from biting the other dog. So she is in a crate a lot! This makes me want to bring her home just for that reason.
My last concern is how do I convince my boyfriend that we need another dog.
I think love, training, a good vet appt, and me being home all day would be a solution to most of the problems but what worries me is she is biting the other dog.
 

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Did the old owners provide lots of toys, everlasting treats, chews, excellent diet and plenty of it, exercise & socialisation, human company and play with both dogs most of the time during the day/evening? Is the other dog a Chi?

If the answer is no, then you should be fine!
 

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Their other dog is a chi mix of some sort or so they say. It is not a small dog. I would consider it medium size but it is also very overweight. The only thing that I see in the dog that might be chi is it has big ears but they don't even really look like chi ears.

I asked them if they put toys at least in her crate with her and the answer was no they did not believe dogs needed toys. I just shook my head. I even suggested that they get her deer antlers or something similar to chew on and maybe she would not chew on the other dog and would not have to be crated so often.

I think the only socialization she gets is the other dog which they have removed.

Her diet is a pedigree puppy (which I would change!)
 

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Oh, I think you should get her! You will give her the trips to the vet, the right nutrition, the friend - Jaxx, the love, and all the toys that she needs! Go for it!!! When we got our second dog, it was my boyfriend convincing me. Pull out the "we need to give her a better life" talk, and I'm sure he'll be in. I think the biting will stop. Lots of toys and exercise is all she really needs. A daily walk will probably tire her out and encourage her to rest versus rough playing!
 

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i would say to get her! these "owners" obvouisly dont know what their doing! i wouldnt judge on dog food as up to a week ago my mum ALWAYS feed the dogs bakers as over here we are told its the "best" the same with all the dog food here! (Now on acana) but i would say you HAVE to get her! good knows what mite happen to her! :) xx
 

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This little puppy would be so lucky to be with you. I can't imagine what a sad life she has now! You will be able to help her with her "issues". With intelligent owners she prob won't have any of them.
 

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I think others (LS where are you?) know way more than me, but I would say your biggest issue is getting your boyfriend to go along. If that chi is no more than 3 months she just has issues that I think you can overcome with training, time, attention, toys, chews etc. Surely at this age not that much is so set in stone you can't overcome it especially if you are home all day to give such time and attention. The biting may be coming from being taken away from Mom and littermates too early and she doesn't know it is not acceptable--that has to be learned but you can teach.. The owner now freely says they do not have time to teach and that is why they no longer want her but I don't feel like she is beyond help at this age/stage.
 

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I have mixed feelings too about this. I definitely feel very badly for that dog but on the other hand I don't want you to end up with dog problems like the biting. But it does appear that this chi is not receiving enough attention or mental stimulation and that may be all it is. I guess overall I'm for getting her and offering her a far more enriched life.
 

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Sounds to me that the biting is stress and being undersocialized. She sounds frustrated and stress which can cause behavior troubles. Me being me, i wouldn't be able to leave her there. I would talk it over with the b/f and convince him that she needs a better stable life and you caan provide tht to her.
Ask him "wouldnt you love to be apart of rescuing a mistreated chihuahua?" Make him feel guilty if he says no lol If you can squeeze out a few tears that might work as well ;)
 

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I talked my boyfriend into her and went over to pick her up this morning but they decided they did not want to rehome her now. They think all of her problems will magically go away once she turns 1 year old.
I tried to explain to them that dogs of any age should not be in a crate all the time and that her biting could just be lack of stimulation and her being alone so much. I even offered them to get some toys for her.
I even offered for them to drop her off at my house during the day so that she may stop biting by having someone around to be with her during the day.
I feel so bad for this little girl. I wish they would not have changed their mind. My heart is aching for her.
Thank you everyone for your suggestions and support!
 

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That makes me angry :(
Try to stay in touch with her just in case she changes her mind down the road. Send her email/text/ or call every now and then so she knows you are still interested in her. I'm pretty sure that the problems will not just go away.
I really hope this little pup gets the help she needs.
 

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You know, I'll bet once the dog does something to upset one of the owners (whining loudly in the crate, soiling it, etc.) they're gonna be on the phone with you to come get her. I've known a lot of emotional owners who backed out last minute on adopting out their dog; even if they weren't that good of owners... and yeah, now that they have the idea in their head that you'll take her, they'll think of it immediately the next time she does anything to frustrate them. Patience; she'll be yours soon enough. ;)
 

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A three month old that was taken away from her mom too young was most
probably never taught bite inhibition. She can also be biting from stress, fear,
over excitement or simply teething. In my opinion a pup that bites at 3 months
old is not a big deal and with some patience can be easily solved. First and
foremost you would put this baby on proper nutrition, no more of that pedigree
full of fillers garbage. Second get her checked out at the vet. Third provide
plenty to chew on, teething toys, bully sticks, ice cubes, frozen wet socks, etc.
Every time she bites someone you yelp in a quick high pitch voice. Also make
sure to take her outside several times per day, dogs need to go out not just to
do their business but to exercise and socialize as well. At only 3 months old you
will have very fast success if you follow my recommendations. Puppies are like
sponges, they absorb everything very quickly, you simply need consistency.
 

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OOPS! Sorry I did not notice there was a second page. Sorry it didn't work out
for you. I know it's tough because you want to offer the dog a better life. But
in a way it is best for you, since your bf was not too thrilled with the idea. I'm
happy you still tried to put some sense into these people, keep it up maybe
some of your advice/knowledge will rub off on them.
 

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If you talk to these folks again, tell them that the pup might be biting the other
dog from jealousy as well. A lot of folks when they get a new pup pay more
attention to the pup than their first dog, which is a big mistake. The new baby
must not be spoiled, and must go by the same rules as the first dog. If they
cuddle the new pup more, the pup might become possessive of them. It's hard
to not smother them because they are oh so cute,but even little ones should be
taught discipline and respect towards other people and animals in the house.
Discipline, exercise and mental stimulation go a long way.
 
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