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My partner and I adopted a female chihuahua of 1 month about a month and a half . And I loved her from the first moment and I have been curious about certain aspects of here.

I have been told by the Veterinarian that Hakuna (that's her name) can't go outside until it's third vaccination and If I take it I should keep her not to touch the ground.

she likes biting and although it was cute at the beginning I have been failing on techniques of stopping her to bite me. Don't get me wrong I have her toys and bones but I'm apparently here preferred toy (funny she don't like to bite my partner just me) Any advises?

I want her to socialize with people and dogs and again I had been told by the vet I should wait more time.

What treats I can give her? About food I feed her with Eukanuba small breeds is that a good brand?

She loves sleeping with us in bed would that cause an issue later?

I used to have deerhead chichuahua and he was completely different than Hakuna.

She is lovely I want to make sure how to train her correctly and be happy with us as I have been warned by my partner that is not a dog loving person (but loves her a lot) that this is my resonpsability.
 

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Hi and welcome! Def wait to get all of the puppy vaccines before letting your new pup outside. All of mine are indoor potty trained so I never had to fear them getting any illnesses being outdoors. If you visit dogfoodanalysis.com or dogfoodadvisor.com you can find much better options on 5 star dog foods. As well as get a complete rating and analysis on the food you are feeding. It is yours and your partners choice as to whether you want your pup to sleep with you or not. Mine sleep with me because it is my preference. I think it is best for you to decide now, while your puppy is young, as it will be hard to change later. Also there is no such thing as a teacup chihuahua, the AKC only recognizes two varieties, smooth coat and long coat. Some breeders/pet shops use the term teacup to markup the pups for higher price. Sometimes you will hear chi's and other small breeds labeled as "micro" too. Often times being bred in teeny sizes, these pups can end up having several health issues. But there are many people out there only in search of chi's labeled teacup or micro on purpose because they want really teeny dogs. Often times the larger chi's that grow beyond 6 lbs are the healthiest. The AKC standard for a chi's weight is 6 lbs or less. However, there are many chi's that grow beyond 6 lbs. this does not make them less of a chi though. And believe it or not, teeny chi's under 3 lbs really aren't that common. Sadly a lot of chi's end up in shelters or abandoned by their owners because they did not grow to be the tiny size that they expected. I'm sure others will chime in with more tips and advice for you. We love pics around here too 馃槉
 

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I have been told by the Veterinarian that Hakuna (that's her name) can't go outside until it's third vaccination and If I take it I should keep her not to touch the ground.
It's true that you should wait until she's had all her puppy shots. If you have a back garden where no other dogs go, this should be fine though if you want to train her to do her business outside. It's good for socialisation to start taking her to places with you, to get her used to different sights, sounds and people, but carry her in your arms or in a carrier until she's had all her shots. :)

she likes biting and although it was cute at the beginning I have been failing on techniques of stopping her to bite me. Don't get me wrong I have her toys and bones but I'm apparently here preferred toy (funny she don't like to bite my partner just me) Any advises?
It's normal for puppies to do this, if you carry on with the techniques, I'm you'll get there. Every time she bites you, say NO and give her a toy to bite on. Also when she's biting you can get up, turn your back on her and ignore her. She'll soon realise that biting means she loses your attention.

What treats I can give her? About food I feed her with Eukanuba small breeds is that a good brand?
Eukanuba is not the best food. As Meoshia said above, I recommend having a look on dogfoodadvisor.com. As for training treats, I don't personally buy any pre made one. The healthiest most effective ones in my opinion are things like boiled chicken pieces. My chis are loving dehydrated liver and kidney treats lately. As for chew treats, I like to give natural things like dehydrated rabbit ears, tripe sticks, chicken feet, carrots, etc.

She loves sleeping with us in bed would that cause an issue later?
It won't cause problems. It's really a personal preference. My chis sleep in our bed.

Btw, welcome! Hakuna is such a cute name! I'd love to see a picture of her. :)
 

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When I took my babies to puppy kindergarten, they required at least one puppy shot. If you wait until all the puppy shots the pup is close to 4 months old. I certainly wouldn't take her to a dog park or anything like that, but a well run puppy class is good. They have never had a case of parvo etc that was traced to a sick dog in their class. They had a class without your pup when they told us to come if the dog was ill, but to leave the pup at home. This meant: diarrhea, coughing, running nose, or any fever etc.
 

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Hi guys! I want to thank you for your advises I will definately change here food. just wanted to share a pic of Hakuna when whe was on her second week with us. I have more but I haven't taken them out of my camera.
 

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She is really cute. If you haven't yet, Please cut her nails! they're way too long. If she is getting her puppy shots maybe the vet can show you how.
 

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She's totes cute!

I got Alien a little early because the owner couldn't keep all the puppies anymore, so it was my first time really starting from ground zero. And he too bit a lot, but it is something they grow out of...just like when you think they'll never catch on to the command 'spin' or 'lay down'.

And if you clip nails early, they don't turn into little demons later on. The only way I can clip Alien's little nails is if he has a piece of kibble in his mouth.
 
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