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Hi everyone I will be taking home a 3month old chi in two weeks I'm wondering what I should expect? I have been reading the potty training issues an it freaks me a lil bit! I guess I just want things to go.smooth an not panic if she doesn't get it right off. I am buying her from a pet store been there for a month which surprised me with how good natured she was with me an the gf an her son. The other thing that worries me though is I do.have a 11month old spon that will be around her is there anything I should worry about with a chi an very young kids? Also have a year an half old cat that has been in the house since I moved in a year an half go how do chi's get along with cats? Any advise would be great thanks. Dave
 

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Dave, A pet shop puppy MAY be a poor choice. Why has she been there for a month? If you decide to go ahead, have her checked by a vet asap. I bought a PetLand chi at 9 weeks. She was so cute! She had both knees operated on, and later on (6 yrs) her temperment was nothing to brag about, although she was a therapy dog.! It was only with me and her family that she was ugly about. Died at 9 years old from congestive heart failure. Just saying. Be careful.
 

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You should be very careful buying a tiny puppy when you have such a young child. They should be supervised at all times together. I would strongly discourage buying from a pet shop, it is very unlikely that she is properly socialized and may have health issues.
 

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Thanks for.the replys. We visited with her two days in a row seems very well tempered doesn't nip or anything. We did have my 11month old with us when we visited an she seemed just fine with him an there will always be someone watching when she is around him. We have two weeks til pick up of her an we can visit in the mean time till then so if we see something not right or don't like somethin g we can change are minds. The store does have a good track record with selling an the pup does come.from.a breeder I guess my gf did some searching on it the other day. I'm as nerivous as anything never had a small dog before
 

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As you said don't panic if it doesn't happen right away, whatever it might be, puppies sometimes take a long time to get things, it's normal. Don't stress...dogs pick up on your feelings the more you can do everything with a calm attitude the easier and quicker she will pick things up because she'll feed off your energy. You'll have to put a lot of work into socialising her since she's been in a pet shop for a month...introduce her to all the new things she's going to see over her life with you and make sure they're positive experiences by taking things slow, calmly and associating them with positive things such as toys, praise, petting and treats. Don't reinforce fearful behaviour with reassurance, she'll take this to mean that you approve of the behaviour, just be calm and she will get used to the new things. Do some research on socialisation. Look at the rule of 7s sticky that's around here somewhere.

Chis get a bad rep with children because owners allow them to get away with things they would never allow a big dog to do but the truth is that if you bring them up well they should be fine with children. The thing to watch is that the child does not harm the chi. They are very delicate and may become fearful of your child and therefore cause behaviour problems if the child is allowed to be rough with them or not leave them alone or your chi might be seriously injured so always supervise them together. Do you have a crate for her? I would recommend one if you don't and I'd recommend keeping it where your chi can go if she finds bent around a small child overwhelming or just wants time on her own. Often problems occur with children and dogs when a child abruptly wakes a dog from sleep and the disoriented dog acts out. Having somewhere to go and a 'don't touch the dog when she's in her crate' rule will help with this. Chihuahuas for dummies is a great book if you don't have experience with them.

As for the cat, your chi will probably get on with the cat fine because as a puppy they're much more accepting...it's more likely that the cat will have a problem with the dog. But dogs and cats often live harmoniously together...depends on your cat. Hope this helps xox
 

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Pet store puppies often come from puppy mills, and have terrible issues with health. So if you decide to get it immidiately within a day or two have a vet checkup. I'm sure you already know about nutrition and whatnot but if you don't Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor should be able to tell you what is right to feed them.
What to expect... hmm... lots of potty training, and training in general, is needed. You can't just expect them to be fully trained - so take it into mind you'll have to train them.

Socialization is one of the most important things, especially one from a pet store.
And be careful around small children and chis - as much as I love them there actually have been chis known to attack (and in extremely rare occasions kill) babies/young toddlers. So make sure you always supervise.

My chi does fairly well with that cat, licks him and sometimes jumps on him - he doesn't care for her but it's not like she bites him (she has nipped him once or twice though) or anything, your chi should be fine with the kitty. :)
That's about all I can think of - good luck!
 
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