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We are getting a 15 month old rescue chihuahua on Sunday for a 2 week trial with the aim of her being a companion for our 16 year old son who as ASD and an aquired brain injury. The dog has been assessed by a trainer who believes she will be suitable and is going to help us train her. 

We have a 3 year old shih tzu who is my little shadow and very attached to me. I’ve never owned a chihuahua before and I really want her to bond with DS as the shih tzu never really did due to DS being in hospital for months and then going through intensive rehab when the shih was a puppy. 
Any tips on caring for a chihuahua? I’m really want this to work, for both DS and the chihuahua’s sake. She’s already been returned to the rescue place once because the previous family who adopted her didn’t follow the advice of how to settle her in.

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kadoodle

Chihuahuas think they’re pit bulls, so you need to establish that you’re the boss right away, or spend a lifetime getting nipped. 
They really don’t like hands near their eyes, or being picked up or treated as a lap dog. They need a surprisingly large amount of exercise and enrichment type stuff, and are much smarter and more stubborn than they look.

 

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Not Escapin Xmas

I really don’t think a chihuahua would be a good companion animal. Esp a 15month old rescue one!!  I think you are being taken for a ride OP.

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She’s from a chihuahua rescue and the trainer who assessed her (for free) is specialised in training dogs to become assistance/therapy/companion dogs. He started his business after having trouble finding a dog for his wife (who has since passed away)at a reasonable price. 

So I think I will take his opinion over yours but thanks for your input. 

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VVV
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Agree with Kadoodle, they really think they are top of the food chain so it’s important to be firm and set rules. I have seen some very vicious and aggressive chihuahuas.

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Not Escapin Xmas
22 minutes ago, OceanTwentyFour said:

She’s from a chihuahua rescue and the trainer who assessed her (for free) is specialised in training dogs to become assistance/therapy/companion dogs. He started his business after having trouble finding a dog for his wife (who has since passed away)at a reasonable price. 

So I think I will take his opinion over yours but thanks for your input. 

Just go in with your eyes open. All sounds highly unusual. 
 

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OceanTwentyFour
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Thanks all for your advice

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Ellie bean

Sorry no tips but I really hope it goes well and that your son adores her :) 

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OceanTwentyFour

Thank you Ellie Bean 😊

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Ellie bean

I hope it went well today :) 

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Winter frost

Hope it goes ok OP. I have only known two Chihuahuas so by no means an expert. However the 2 i know are both lovely, gentle natured and great companion animals. To be fair one is very well trained and lives with a vet and the other lives in a house without kids or other dogs. But i have spent a lot of time with both and they are great company

Good luck

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FiveAus

They aren't my cup of tea at all, but my advice would be to treat it like a dog and not a "fur baby". Despite the small size, they are a dog, not a dress up doll. Highly intelligent, stubborn, wilful and very protective.

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OceanTwentyFour

Thanks everyone, so far going well.  Still a bit timid at times but she has a lovely nature and is very friendly and loves attention. Our shih tzu has been very accepting of her too.

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born.a.girl

Lovely news.  I remember the nightmare time of your son's ?accident.   I don't remember the details, but just how horrific it was for all of you.

Glad there's a puppy on the scene for him. :)

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56 minutes ago, OceanTwentyFour said:

Thanks everyone, so far going well.  Still a bit timid at times but she has a lovely nature and is very friendly and loves attention. Our shih tzu has been very accepting of her too.

we had a rescue one that we found on a highway with awful sores with a rope around her neck

 

she was the most friendliest laid back dog ever, my pug would hang off her ear, use her as a couch/bed you name it.....

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kadoodle
8 hours ago, FiveAus said:

They aren't my cup of tea at all, but my advice would be to treat it like a dog and not a "fur baby". Despite the small size, they are a dog, not a dress up doll. Highly intelligent, stubborn, wilful and very protective.

Very, very protective. My mum broke her hip recently, and her chihuahuas will only leave her bedside to eat or toilet. My dad has to lock them outside when the nurse comes to check her, or they attack.

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Not Escapin Xmas

How’s it going OP? I saw a chihuahua in the park today and thought of you :)

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Going well so far 😀 Her original owners used to scream at her so she is a bit nervy when we pick her up or carry her but she is so friendly and loves to snuggle with us and has settled in well. We have our first session with the dog trainer tomorrow. 
 

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Still going well - she has settled in well and we have started her training as an assistance dog..... but she is pooing and weeing all over the house 😫

When we first got her she was pooing and peeing on puppy pads but now that’s gone out the window! I take her outside and tell her it’s wee time and she has done a couple of wees which she gets lots of praise for but still continues to soil inside. Any advice? DS is really starting g to bond with her and she’s had such a bumpy start to life I really don’t want to have to give her up. 

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kadoodle

If its a new thing; check everything’s ok at the vet. It could be a bladder infection or worms.

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FiveAus

Go right back to basics. Every time she wakes from a nap, has something to eat or drink, starts sniffing the floor...outside for the toilet. Treat her like a puppy that you're toilet training for the first time. But also keep in mind, this might be why she was given up by her first family.

 

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Yes I have wondered if that’s why she was given up previously.

I got her to do 2 wees outside today so fingers crossed the penny is starting to drop 🤞

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FiveAus

Another thing I'd suggest is that for the time being, confine her to one small area of the house, preferably one without carpet. Maybe the kitchen?
If you need to put up barriers so she can't access other rooms, Bunnings sell compost cages which consist of 4 wire mesh panels that you can join with cable ties. We use them for lots of things, garden fencing, temporary pens for dogs and puppies, barriers to anything we don't want dogs to get to. They are $37 for a pack of 4 and are the cheapest solution we've found so far.

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kadoodle
15 hours ago, OceanTwentyFour said:

Yes I have wondered if that’s why she was given up previously.

I got her to do 2 wees outside today so fingers crossed the penny is starting to drop 🤞

Chihuahuas are pretty notorious for being difficult to toilet train, too. Not sure if it’s a nature or nurture thing though.

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FiveAus
13 minutes ago, kadoodle said:

Chihuahuas are pretty notorious for being difficult to toilet train, too. Not sure if it’s a nature or nurture thing though.

Yes I have a friend who has one, he's 3 and he's still peeing all over the house. She said he's proved impossible to train and yet her recently acquired German Shepherd was trained by 3 months.

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