The Chihuahua is one of the most adorable small dogs that have captured the hearts of many, especially people that love the idea of nurturing, cuddling and babying a small pet. I know because I love to do just that, have had many of these adorable little guys over the past 30++ years and currently still have two, and looking for another. There are many things to consider before you decide on adopting a Chihuahua, with help from your local Rockford-area veterinarian or Humane Society as listed below or one closest to your home.
The Chihuahua is not for everyone and takes a lot of thought and preparation. Things to know and consider are -
- Is everyone in the family capable of being gentle and caring with this tiny dog? The Chihuahua does not always fit in to a home with small children that could cause the dog harm.
- Is your home capable of being puppy-proofed so the small feet and nose can’t get into tiny, hazardous areas that may cause it harm? Remove anything low that can be chewed and gnawed on, causing harm or danger to your new pet.
- Be sure to have your home fully equipped for the small member of the family, from beds, blankets, small toys, food and water dishes, small dog healthy crunchy food and anything else necessary for its health and happiness.
- In relieving itself, it might be best to provide just a small area for your Chihuahua, whether you leash walk it, tie it up or make a small confined pen for it outside your door. It is much safer to monitor your puppy in this manner. Some people prefer to paper train or litter box train this tiny dog, especially in cold climates. If you provide it a coat and take your dog out just to do its business in cold temperatures, these are very brave dogs. Just be sure to bring your dog in quickly and wipe the paws immediately.
- In the home, close doors and put up baby gates to keep your puppy contained to certain areas that you frequent. Do not be afraid to also crate train your baby. I can tell you from experience, my dogs love their crates as their safe havens if they ever want to be alone. When home, their crates are left open so they can go in freely at their discretion, which they do quite often. I feel safer in crating them when not home. Begin crate training the moment your pup comes home, provide a bed, blankets and a couple of toys. Your dog will learn to love that area as his own personal “bedroom” space.
- Cuddle, nurture and baby the Chihuahua, discouraging any rough-housing, teasing and excessive barking. Such behaviors will instill aggressive behaviors but kind and gentle handling will create a loving and playful Chihuahua dog.
Your Chihuahua will give you so many years of loyalty, devotion and love. They are most definitely lap dogs and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is something you signed up for by choosing to add a Chihuahua or two or more to your home. Keep them safe and provide them the best life they deserve and they will return the love unconditionally.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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