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There are so many important things to think about when deciding to add a new puppy to your family. You may have been doing a lot of research about the Chihuahua breed. Now, you might have come to the conclusion that the time is right for you to get a puppy. Where are you planning to get your new Chihuahua puppy? If you are thinking about buying a Chihuahua puppy from a breeder, you will probably want them to be a legitimate and respected breeder.
One nice place where you may find some breeders is actually at a dog show. After the breeders show their dogs sometimes they have a little time to answer some of your questions about the Chihuahua breed. The breeder could tell you if they currently have any puppies or upcoming Chihuahua litters in the near future. Good breeders are usually very knowledgeable about their dogs and they are known to breed the Chihuahua dogs for the actual betterment of the breed.
Some example questions that people ask the breeders:
1. If the breeder would happen to live close to you, you may decide to ask if you would be allowed to see the puppies in their home environment where they were born and are currently being raised. You would hopefully see if the mother and the litter family appear healthy.
2. How many puppies are in the litter?
3. Are the puppies up-to-date with their exams and vaccinations by the veterinarian? Which vaccinations have the puppies received and do they have any specific health certifications or documentation from the veterinarian?
4. Are there any known health problems with the puppies or in the pup’s family background?
5. Are the puppies registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC)?
6. What type of food do the puppies eat and how often?
7. Did the puppies have any housetraining or crate training?
8. If at any time in the future something would happen and you were unable to keep the dog, will the breeder take the dog back?
9. Does the breeder provide any type of health guarantee?
Breeders may interview you to evaluate whether you would make a good owner for their Chihuahua puppies. Now, these are some example questions the breeder may ask the potential owner:
1. Do you have the necessary time that is needed to care for a Chihuahua each day? Will anyone routinely be at home during the daytime hours to care for the puppy?
2. Do you have children or other pets?
3. Do you have general knowledge about the Chihuahua breed?
4. Do you enjoy grooming or do you plan on hiring a professional on a routine basis, if needed?
5. Will you contact the breeder if something would ever happen and you would not be able to keep your Chihuahua?
6. Do you have a good, reputable veterinarian to continue regular health exams and future vaccinations for your new Chihuahua?
The breeder may keep the Chihuahua puppies with their mom for about 8 to 10 weeks or even 12 weeks of age to make sure the puppies get proper nourishment and socialization with the litter family.
It is important that when you decide to buy a puppy from a breeder that the proper documentation is provided to you, such as a copy of the dog’s pedigree (AKC registration). Usually a certified copy of the pedigree can be obtained from the American Kennel Club.
The registration certificate is like the dog’s birth certificate. The breeder should transfer this information to the new owner. The breeder should give you any documentation of the puppy’s health record, including information such as the specific dates of vaccinations and also the information about when future vaccinations are due.
It may also be helpful if the breeder shares a feeding chart or schedule including information, such as how much food is being fed to the puppy and how often. Hopefully, all of this information will help you get off to a great start with taking wonderful care of your new Chihuahua puppy!
You may also enjoy checking out my other blog about Chihuahuas at Chihuahua Care and Training.
Caring for puppies is not something that should be taken lightly. A large percentage of puppies are later abandoned due to the fact that the owner was not fully prepared to care for another life. Typically, the owner later realizes that he doesn’t have enough time, energy, or money to make the commitment.
To comprehend this immense responsibility, think of it as adding a new baby to your family. He will require constant attention, supervision, care, and love. It’s a lot of hard work at first, but the results are very rewarding.
To fully understand what it means to care for a puppy, there are several aspects that you will be responsible for and that you should understand before you make the commitment.
Caring for a puppy means constantly monitoring his health. One of the first things you should do as a new puppy owner is to select a veterinarian and schedule an appointment. Your new puppy will need certain vaccinations to prevent common diseases. Worms and fleas can also be a problem for puppies so make sure to discuss this with your vet. Always be on the lookout out for signs that could indicate that your dog is sick. Ideally, a perfectly healthy puppy should have smooth skin, a clean coat, and bright eyes.
Caring for a puppy also involves preparing a safe and cozy sleeping place. Choose which room he will sleep in ahead of time. If you decide to let him stay in your room, you should know that there could be howling, whimpering, and barking as the puppy deals with separation anxiety the first few nights. A good way to ease this transition is to bring his bedding to the breeder or shelter (wherever you receive him) a few days before taking him home to give the puppy a familiar object in your house.
You will also be responsible for feeding your puppy each and every meal. If you have other pets, you should be sure that each one has his own set of bowls for water and food. Sharing bowls tends to lead towards territorial conflicts and bullying as each pet tries to assert their dominance over one another.
Also, the quantity of the food that you give him varies over time. Puppies eat much more frequently than older dogs and also have extremely different nutritional requirements. Therefore, it’s important to select the right type of dog food for each stage in his life. As a general rule of thumb puppies 6 to 8 weeks old eat four times a day, 12 to 20 weeks old eat three times a day, and 20 weeks and older eat only twice a day.
Another aspect of caring for puppies that is very important not to overlook is play time and exercise. Make sure to establish a safe place where your puppy will be allowed to be himself. This may be indoors or outside, but either way the area should be a controlled environment for the first few months of your puppy’s life. Play with your puppy regularly to promote socialization and healthy development.
Also, make sure to buy appropriately sized toys for your puppy. If he is small, he should have smaller toys. For larger breeds, small toys can be a choking hazard. Most toys such as bones, ropes, stuffed animals, and balls come in all different shapes and sizes.
Potty training can be one of the most frustrating parts of owning a new puppy, but it’s very important to get right. When and where to potty are the things that your puppy has to learn, and it may take some time. If you’re at work during the day, you should seriously consider crate training.
Proper upkeep, such as grooming and cleaning, are an essential part of puppy care. Not only will it encourage healthy development, but it will also remove unpleasant odors. Most puppies love to be brushed so don’t be afraid to give it a try. It will remove dead hair and keep his coat beautiful. Also, don’t forget about brushing his teeth and gums regularly.
Now that you understand what it takes to properly care for a puppy, you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed, but you shouldn’t. Caring for a puppy is only difficult at first. The adjustment is the hardest part. Once you establish routines and good habits, the only thing left to do is enjoy the company and make memories together. The most important thing is to prepare your life for a puppy ahead of time to reduce the time it takes to adjust to your new family member.
Perfect Puppy Care is a website dedicated and developed by puppy care enthusiasts who have taken it as their goal to help you raise a happy, healthy, and well-behaved puppy.
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