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 CABO CHIHUAHUAS A TINY BIT OF MEXICOFEEDING YOUR NEW CHIHUAHUA PUPPYChihuahua puppies need food and water available at all times.  Your puppy started out eating Pedigree Puppy Canned food At 3 weeks of age.Your puppy was introduced to Royal Canin Mini Puppy Dry at 4 weeks of age both are included in your puppy pack. Chihuahua puppies can suffer from  hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and need to eat often.  If you see signs of hypoglycemia (sleeping very soundly, staggering while walking, puppy seems disoriented) it is important that you quickly get some sugar into the puppy.  Nurti-Stat or Vita-Cal are good nutritional supplements to use. Remember all products that contain sugar will give your puppy  loose bowels. Free Feed Pedigree Puppy Canned and Free Feed Royal Canin Mini Puppy Dry out at all times. Give Puppy ½of a NuVet Vitamin Daily.   Most Chihuahuas like to nibble on their food throughout the day they do not eat a large amount of food all at one time like other breeds do. We recommend all our puppies receive NutriVet Plus vitamins.  Give ½  vitamin Daily.  They will protect your puppy from developing allergies, skin and coat problems, arthritis, tumors, cancer, cataracts,strokes, heart disease.  Free radicals are known to cause as many as 50 majordiseases that can lead to suffering and premature death. Vets, Physicians,Pharmacists and Scientists of NuVet Labs had blended a precise combination ofhuman grade, natural vitamins, minerals, herbs and antioxidants proven to combatthe ravages of free radicals.  Puppies should start on the path of disease protectionTODAY. Call Nuvet at 1-800-474-7044 give the operator order code #44270 to receive wholesale pricing. Don’t Change Your Puppys Food! (Unless directed by your Vet)  Changing their diet can cause loose stools, tummy aches, it will cause your puppy to  be a finicky eater and may cause the puppy to stop eating. NEVER; NEVER; feed your  puppy meat with bones such as chicken, ribs, etc. NEVER feed your puppy human food!  Feeding your puppy table scraps or human food will cause your puppy to stop eating his puppy food. A Chihuahua that has been fed human food will hold out for a very long time waiting for more human food. Use puppy treats.  We provide you with treats that over time have proven to befavorites of the Chihuahua.  Introduce new treats slowly.  Throw away treats whenthey are small enough to choke the puppy if swallowed. Your puppy will need food,play, sleep, grooming and lots of love. If all is provided adequately, your puppy willbe happy, healthy anddevoted for many years to come.

 Hypoglycemia  Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a health problem that affects many toy breeds of puppies between  5 and 16 weeks of age, especially extremely toy breed puppies and all owners must be onthe lookout for it   Hypoglycemia is recognized by a healthy puppy suddenly becoming weak, listless, depressed,unaware of its surroundings, and even unable to stand or walk.  Advanced stages include seizuresbefore lapsing into a coma, which is sometimes followed by death.   If your puppy becomes hypoglycemic, it is very important that you react IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!Give the puppy Nutro Cal, honey or Karo syrup.  Administer the honey or syrup with an Syringe (one is provided in your puppy supply pack) or if the puppy is too weak to take it, put it on your finger and rub it on the roof of its mouth.  If necessary, pry its mouth open.  Regardless of how you do it, make the puppy take the honey or syrup.  ITS LIFE DEPENDS ON IT !!!!   Nutro Cal is a fast acting high calorie supplement and may be given off of your finger.  Keep the puppy warm at all times and rub the puppy very easy, moving the head from side to side slowly rotating it, also move the arms and legs so the puppy will not get stiff.  It may be necessary to give the puppy a couple of doses of honey or Nutro Cal to bring it back.  If the puppy does not respond, GET IT TO A VET IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!   Hypoglycemia can occur without warning if a puppy is placed in a new home, misses a meal or is otherwise stressed.  You must remember that puppies eat very small amounts, yet they exert large amounts of energy.Your puppy should have food and fresh water available at all times.  We feed and recommend ¼ cup of Pedigree Healthy Start Puppy canned food each morning, We also keep Royal Canin Mini Baby Dog Dry Food available at all times. which we have supplied  samples for you.   DO NOT CHANGE THE FOOD! You will cause your puppy to be a picky eater and good nutrition is essential for your puppy.   A puppy will play until it drops.  It may play so much that it is too tired to eat.  It is up to YOU as its new owner to be responsible.  Very small puppies must sleep about 20 out of 24 hours.  Please be very careful not to over-tire your new puppy, especially the first few weeks.  It is up to you to establish a schedule for your new puppy, and your family; especially be aware of the amount of time children play with your puppy and make them aware that this is a baby and must be treated like one.  It is important not to play with your puppy so much that it becomes exhausted.   We recommend that you try to make the first few days together with your puppy as calm aspossible, and remember that this is a very traumatic time for your puppy.  Please resist the urge to take your puppy to visit friends and relatives during this period.  Make this a special time to get to know your puppy and for your puppy to get to know its new home.   Remember that if there is a problem with Hypoglycemia, it will usually happen during the first few weeks while the puppy is adjusting, and that your puppy will out-grow this as it becomes adjusted.     

What To Expect When House Training

Unless you can monitor your puppy 24 hours a day, don't expect the house training process to be completed until your puppy is at least 6 months old. It's normal for a young puppy to be a little 'input-output' machine. Since puppies are growing and developing rapidly at this stage, they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate constantly! They also have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.  WHEN WEE WEE PAD TRAINING THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS YOU PUPPY IS GOING TO NEED MANY PADS IN EVERY AREA HE OR SHE STAYS IN.  DON’T EXPECT YOUR PUPPY TO NOW THAT YOU HAVE ONE PAD DOWN IN THE BATHROOM.  AS YOU SEE YOUR PUPPY PICKS FAVORITE PLACES TO GO YOU CAN TAKE THE WEE WEE PADS OF SLOWLY. 
 

House Training When You Are NOT Home

Confine your puppy to a small, 'puppy-proofed' room and paper the entire floor. Put his bed, toys and food/water bowls there. At first there will be no rhyme or reason to where your pup eliminates. He will go every where and any where. He will also probably play with the papers, chew on them, and drag them around his little den. Most puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Don't get upset; just accept it as life with a young puppy. The important thing is that when you get home, clean up the mess and lay down fresh papers.
 

Passive House Training or Paper Training

While your puppy is confined, he is developing a habit of eliminating on paper because no matter where he goes, it will be on paper. As time goes on, he will start to show a preferred place to do his business. When this place is well established and the rest of the papers remain clean all day, then gradually reduce the area that is papered. Start removing the paper that is furthest away from his chosen location. Eventually you will only need to leave a few sheets down in that area only. If he ever misses the paper, then you've reduced the area too soon. Go back to papering a larger area or even the entire room. Once your puppy is reliably going only on the papers you've left, then you can slowly and gradually move his papers to a location of your choice. Move the papers only an inch a day. If puppy misses the paper again, then you're moving too fast. Go back a few steps and start over. Don't be discouraged if your puppy seems to be making remarkable progress and then suddenly you have to return to papering the entire room. This is normal. There will always be minor set-backs. If you stick with this procedure, your puppy will be paper trained.
 

House Training When You ARE Home

When you are home but can't attend to your puppy, follow the same procedures described above. However, the more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker he will be house trained. Your objective is to take your puppy to his toilet area every time he needs to eliminate. This should be about once every 45 minutes; just after a play session; just after eating or drinking; and just upon waking. When he does eliminate in his toilet area, praise and reward him profusely and enthusiastically! Don't use any type of reprimand or punishment for mistakes or accidents. Your puppy is too young to understand and it can set the house training process back drastically. Don't allow your puppy freedom outside of his room unless you know absolutely for sure that his bladder and bowels are completely empty. When you do let him out, don't let him out of your sight. It is a good idea to have him on leash when he is exploring your home. He can't get into trouble if you are attached to the other end of the leash. Every 30 minutes return your pup to his toilet area. As your puppy becomes more reliable about using his toilet area and his bowel and bladder control develops, he can begin to spend more time outside his room with you in the rest of your home. Begin by giving him access to one room at a time. Let him eat, sleep and play in this room but only when he can be supervised. When you cannot supervise him, put him back in his room.
 

Active House Training

The most important thing you can do to make house training happen as quickly as possible is to reward and praise your puppy every time he goes in the right place. The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he will learn. Therefore it's important that you spend as much time as possible with your pup and give him regular and frequent access to his toilet area.
 

The Key to Successful House Training

Consistency and Patience. Never scold or punish your puppy for mistakes and accidents. The older your pup gets, the more he will be able to control his bladder and bowels. Eventually your pup will have enough control that he will be able to "hold it" for longer and longer periods of time. Let your puppy do this on his own time. When training is rushed, problems usually develop. Don't forget, most puppies are not reliably house trained until they are at least 6 months old.  BE PATIENT! USE LOTS OF PADS AT FIRS! WE START YOUR PUPPY ON THEIR WAY TO WEE WEE PAD TRAINING.  IF YOUR PUPPY HAS AN ACCIDENT AND DOES NOT ALWAYS GO ON THE WEE WEE PAD IT IS NOT A REASON TO RETURN YOUR PUPPY.  IT IS A REASON TO CONTINUE TRAINING WITH POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT.  NEVER YELL OR HIT YOUR PUPPY FOR NOT GOING ON THE PADS.  IT WILL CAUSE THEM TO BE AFRAID OF YOU AND BECAUSE IT USUALLY HAPPENS NEAR THE WEE WEE PAD IT WILL MAKE YOUR PUPPY AFRAID OF THE PADS.  LOVE YOUR PUPPY ACCIDENTS AND ALL AND THEY WILL DO ALL THEY CAN DO TO PLEASE YOU.    Getting A New Puppy? Bringing home a new puppy isn't all sunshine and roses. It means responsibility, work, time and commitment. Realizing this and being prepared for the puppy  will help you get a good start and  will help make your time together happy.

Supplies Your Puppy Will Need

             Food bowl and water bowl that doesn’t tip over easily

A Puppy Exercise pen and a  washable bed

 Wee wee Pads

 Chew toys -, rope toys  and plush toys. 

Later a harness with a  6 foot leash –Puppy shampoo Brush - Permium canned and dry puppy food forumlated for your puppys age and breed size is a must.

 A baby gate may also come in handy when he’s confined to one room for house training purposes.

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Puppies are curious about the world they live in. They can get into trouble you’d never dream they could find. It’s your responsibility to keep them and your belongings safe. Items that should be out of reach of your puppy include. Clothes - Magazines- Remotes- Kids Toys- Antifreeze- Pesticides- Cleaning agents- Medications- Chocolate, Grapes, Rasins, Macadamia Nuts, Onions Mushrooms, Bones- Pins needles thread nails- Rope fishing line and tackle- Trash cans- House Plants- Burning candles- Electrical Cords Secure bookshelves, lamps and anything else that can be knocked over. Check your fencing to make sure your puppy cannot jump over, climb over, squeeze through, claw through, chew through, dig under or get hung up in it. Never tie him where he can climb over a fence and hang himself. Never allow your puppy near the swimming pool unsupervised.

Health  Immunizations- Puppies have little natural immunity to diseases so they can be deadly for them.  All puppies aged 6 weeks and avobe need a series of vaccines including a rabies shot.  Puppies should be on a regular worming program against hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and tape worms.  At the age of 4 months puppies should beon a regular heartworm program.  Your puppy will also need a regular flea and tick prevenative.  Feeding is very important for your puppy.   Young puppies should have food available at all times.  Change your puppys water at least twice a day.  Never change your puppys food until you have no doubts you puppy has a good appatite and is eating very well then only add new food to his existing food slowly over a long period of time so your puppy can adjust well to the new food.

Settling In

  Crying is normal, Comfort your puppy when he needs it.  Don’t just let him cry.  Can you imagine being someplace unknown and your mom and brothers and sisters that you just snuggled with are now gone?  Your puppy needs you and crying is the only way he has of telling your that.  At first, your puppy may miss his mother, littermates, or previous home. Remember he’s in a strange place and no one speaks his language. Give him attention but respect his need to explore and to rest. Allow him to sleep as near you as possible. Stuffed toys and a radio playing softly may soothe his loneliness.Socialization is important toward shaping a happy and well-behaved pet. Include him in your life. Give him a few days to settle in and then expose him to happy people, places, and things. Plan to begin puppy obedience classes when he’s several months old.Your dog depends on you for his every need but in return, he will furnish you with an endless supply of love and devotion. 

What you should consider,The Chihuahua is the longest living dog breed.The Chihuahua prefers the company of humans to the company of other dogs.  A Chihuahua will want to spend as much time with you as possible.

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