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nina - 2013-06-07
I have a long haired chichaua that i am keeping for a friend who has cancer. She pulls her hair and bites herself.I have tried everything. Can someone please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    Skin problems in Chihuahua’s can be related to toxins released through the skin at excessive levels, or from a serious medical condition called seborrhea. But problems can also come from dietary allergies, fleas, bacterial infections, and other product specific allergies. Start by getting a check up by a vet to either identify the problem or help reduce the possiblities.

    Their diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Skin dryness is often related to diet. Foods that are rich in vitamins A, E and B3 can help. Also switching to a food that doesn't have the same grains as the current food, or the same proteins, and that also has omega 3 fatty acids may help. It's not suggested that this breed is bathed often, but a topical treatment may help. Products (sprays, shampoos,and conditionsers) with colloidal oatmeal can soothe the skin and help relieve itching.
  • calvin - 2013-07-28
    Tell her 'no' in a stern but not loud voice and then pet her and give her a rawhide chew, the kind with flavor on it...it's nervous or she may have fleas.
  • Char - 2013-12-29
    You did not say if the dog had this problem prior to your keeping it. If this started after the dog lost access to her Master, that might be the key. If so, you might be able to locate a piece of her owners clothing that has not been washed. This would give the Chi the smell of her owner. You could also try to let the owner keep an article of some kind in bed with them for a couple of days then give it to the Chi. I would suggest the dirty clothing first though as this would be more the smell that the dog remembers. Also cuddle the dog with whatever has the owners smell on it and just keep giving the Chi lots of love and attention. The other suggestions were good too, especially saying no during the bad behavior and then creating a distraction.
  • Shelia Metcalfe-farmer - 2014-03-29
    I agree with the lady about skin problems, there may be scents and perfumes in that home, different than her owners, go to the owners home and take a look and smell around, you will be surprised what you may find, also do you spray for bugs, the owner will not do this because of their pet. Good luck and thank you for caring for this little one while her owner is ill. Shelia
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Kass - 2014-03-20
I have an adorable little chug girl, and I am very anxious on spaying her because I have heard a lot of stories about smaller dogs not doing as well in surgery. Has anyone had complications or should I really have nothing to worry about? :)

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  • Alana - 2014-03-27
    I adopted a 10 month old Chihuahua Pug from the humane society about a year ago. She was there for almost a month, and I could not figure out why someone wouldn't have gotten her already! She was discounted for her size, as she was only 8 pounds, and there was no picture of her. I went to the humane society...the second I picked her up, I fell in love. She walked like a ballerina and kept checking over her shoulder to make sure I was still with her when I walked her. Then I held her for about 10 minutes and she actually hung on to me! Just hooked her little paws right through my shirt and over my shoulder. Precious. She was very easy to potty train and is very intelligent--she is also funny and likes messing around with me! She gets so happy and excited whenever I am with her or give her a treat--and she is so well behaved! I highly recommend a Pugwawa for anyone looking for a dog. She is small and compact, so easy to transport, but is gentle and calm, and does excellently with young children. She doesn't bite or snap, and her bark (which is very deep and throaty, not yappy like a Chihuahua) is something I only hear when there is someone at the door or if she sees a mouse. Very smart dog, alert and kind. She is very loyal, and now that I have her trained where the potty pen is, will scratch at the bottom of the door or my shoes when she has to go out. I open the door, let her out, and a few minutes later, there will be the scratching again! Best doggie in the world. I love her!
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Sunny B - 2014-03-20
I rescued ROXI a Longcoated Chihuahua/long coated Daschund...she is my shadow and she sticks to me like Velcro. Very loyal...smart...spoiled...and she ain't going nowhere. My question is with this mixture do I need to be concerned with other health issues? She weighs 16 lbs---9 inches tall. One blue eye...just curious.

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Vickie - 2014-03-19
We adopted a long hair Chi almost a year ago, he was so dirty and matted we shaved him down, it is winter and he still has not filled in. Louie is about 1 1/2 years old and his bark is sometimes a scream. Plus he has green eyes and a very light tan nose? Louie has a bonded sister who we also adopted and she is a pom. They love each other and share a Kennel while we are at work. I have also found that he must eat barley and fish dog food or he will pull his hair off his knees. I guess all I am needing to know is if Louie is normal? We had a pit for 14 years and was an easy to take care of dog.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your little dog is doing fine. He's eating and I'm assuming his weight is holding. Although the normal size for a Chihuahua is 4 - 6 lbs., some will weigh as little as 2 lbs. when full grown. These little dogs don't each much, and it is often recommended to offer them a small protion of food several times a day. Make sure you offer a quality dog food, the main portion, 40% should be proteins, with the rest rice (barley is fine) and some vegetables. Most suggest chichen, but fish, beef, and lamb are fine too, so if the fish is keeping him from pulling the hair off his knees, great. It may be that he is prone to dry skin, and the oil in the fish is giving him some necessary supplementation. Wishing you all the best with this little fellow, and his buddy pom.
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nicola - 2011-07-28
I have a 20 month male english bull terrier. I have had him from 12 weeks old, he lives out the back in a well built kennel, but he chews everything, the kids toys, fence, door frame. You name it he chews it. He goes for walks. How do I stop him from chewing? He has the run of the garden. When I go out to work he howls and barks until I get back, anyone got any answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Puppies chew and they need to chew to first get rid of their puppy teeth and then to keep their teeth healthy. You want him to stop chewing your things so you have to provide him with his things. When he goes to chew one of your things, remove it say "NO" and give him one of his own things. A trick I was shown is to take some old keys and put them on a keyring. When you throw them they make a lot of nose. Do not throw them at the pup. However, if the pup goes or is sniffing or chewing something it is not supposed to throw the keys at something that will make noise (the chair closest to him or something - the floor) and yell "NO". This worked for me for many a pup. There is no point in punishing after the fact or yelling no after the fact - they have no idea what they did wrong. You need to catch him in the act when you are with him and tell him "NO" Outside - he think you're in the home. He wants by you. The trainer told me to put my pup in the smallest room in the home that I didn't use when I went to wrok. I put my 110 doberman in the guest bathroom
    and my doberman went right through the bathroom wall, into the kitchen and into the master bedroom and ate (shook all the feather pillows up to the vaulted ceilings. I will not pass on that advice. Instead I will suggest a crate - large enough for your pup to move in with a t-shirt that has your scent on it. Can someone come during the day and let the pup out. Crate - next to a doggy door scenario has also worked for me. Laundry room with a dogggy door. He is going to keep on barking outside - as he thinks you are home and just not bothering. Doggy doors work well with small pen/crate safe enclosuresa in the home and fenced in area outside.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Deal with one issue at a time. He's struggling to know where he fits or he's trying to dominate you.
    Barking: he's frustrated and wanting attention. From anyone. Bad or good attention, doesn't matter, just attention. Have you tried an anti bark collar?
    Chewing: He doesnt know which things are his to chew or he's doing it to get your attention again. The key trick mentioned by previous review is great. As are air cans, they work in the same way, they make a harmless noise which breaks dogs attention, at which point you redirect his attention to something you want him to do/chew. Also have your tried repellant on things like door frames, fence? Bitter apple spray, strong english mustard etc. again harmless but nasty tasting.
    You need to teach him which are his things. My EBT, Ozzy, is 12 months and he went through a major phase of shoe killing, including a pair of Jimmy Choos!!!! I took a pile of shoes and everytime he went near them or tried to pick one up I used keys, verbal command and/or air spray. Took a few days and a good few hours of input but he now leaves all shoes alone. Hard work but so so worth the effort as he's happier as he knows what's his.
    Let us know how you're doing.
    Sarah and Ozzy
  • Julianne - 2011-10-19
    The reason for the chewing is precisely this bull terriers thrive on human contact. They are not suitable to be kept outside at all, they need to be near you for their emotional health and if not will be destructive and will generally find something to take their stress out on. A bull terrier is not for someone who wants to kennel them outside ................... they would rather live in your lap.
  • debbie smith - 2012-03-18
    You don't have the time to spend with this animal who will take negative attention over none just like a child! Interact with this responsibility you chose to have.
  • Tammy agoney - 2013-01-15
    Maybe u should have researched the breed a little better!! He is part Of ur family!!! If you cannot Train him so he can live inside , rehome him so he isn't neglected for The rest of his life!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    I kinda sounds like he's bored and needs more personal interaction.  They are great pets, but do require a regular interaction with their owners every day, with a good and fairly long excercise/training/play period. They learn to look forward to it if it is on a regular schedule. You might want to get a personal trainer to work with you and the dog to address the behavior problems.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-14
    Dear Nicola: Not replying to give you a hard time or slam you; but you probably have the wrong dog [English Bull Terrier]. I have been a 'English Bull Terrier' owner most of my life and these are NOT,NOT,NOT. kennel dogs. Even though they may seem to be a strong independent dog they are not. Should have done your homework prior to ownership of a 'English Bull Terrier'. These babies[English Bulls] require TONS of HUMAN companionship,or they will fail to thrive. A well loved 'Bull' will tolerate being left alone for a few hours[2-3], but any more than that is really pushing it. Sorry for the long wind here-but 'Bull Terrier' ownership is really a 'lifestyle' and huge commitment. Please reconsider thinking you have a kennel dog here.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-06
    A few years later here...we hope for the best for that young English Bull Terrier. A warning to those reading this and considering adding Companion pet to their Family? Research theed bred, what environment you are offering, what are their needs and requirements: energy level, needed space, what they were breed to be/ do.... Then, and ONLY THEN select Your friend and be the BEST friend you can be. We've had outside and inside pups, we acquired a Labrador who we Thought should be outside..same'destructive' behavior-read about labs, brought him in-problem solved. Researched English Bullies , HAVE her in obedience training....crated....sleeps in it in our bedroom!
  • Colin rose - 2013-08-09
    You don't leave your bullie for that long it needs your friendship. I did not get one till I gave up working. I was brought up with bullies. I had no trouble with mine she was never left that long where I went, she went with us.
  • Noel - 2014-03-19
    I'm about to get a mini bull terrier, if I leave her alone for about 10 hrs is that good or bad? Will it affect the dog?
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Cat - 2014-03-05
My dog's was Dora the explorer and she lived up to that name but she never strayed very far, came when called and she was my first dog and I loved her to bits. You'll always be in my heart dora my baby girl I love you.

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katrina - 2011-11-18
I have pugwawas for sale. I am from Twin Falls id if anyone would like to know more just comment back!

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  • Juli Tucker - 2014-02-18
    Hi, Do you still have pugwawas for sale? We live in Sandpoint and can travel to Idaho Falls. Thank you, Juli Tucker 208-610-3498
  • Juli Tucker - 2014-03-05
    Hi, Do you still have your puppies for sale? We are looking to buy a chug. We recently lost our 8 year old baby and are heartbroken. Thank you, Juli Tucker 208-610-3498
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Casablanca - 2014-03-02
Hi, My name is Casablanca Olsen, and I'm 11, I'm getting a Longhair female cream & white chi named Skylana on March 10, and any advice would be much appreciated, as we don't have any ideas about toilet training. (although we have been thinking about litter training)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    A lot of people have had success with crate training. This is a place where they dog goes to sleep and for rest periods, and they won't foul it. Still, you will have to potty train... teach it where to go to the bathroom, whether litter or outdoors.
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jackiek - 2013-04-08
Hi, I'm considering adopting an ACD puppy (cross between ACD & ASD)- 6 weeks - and we're pretty certain he's deaf. We already have a 3 year old Sharpei-pug cross and we're a family of myself and my two kids, 10 & 12. For sometime I've been considering getting a second dog. Company for our dog Honey, because she's alone in the house for the larger part of the day while we're at work or school. And we've just been offered this ACD puppy so I've been doing a lot of reading. I'm a little concerned about how the two dogs will interact, but I'll suggest a trial weekend before committing. Does anyone have any stories or suggestions for integrating an ACD puppy into a household that already has a dog? Some stories I read seem to suggest they can be a little aloof. I also want to be sure that we're the right family for him. We love dogs, but this breed seems to demand a lot of attention and I don't want him to be bored - I'm thinking my two kids will help with that. Are these 'one person' dogs or will they follow commands from multiple household members? Honey is very active, and protective of us and our home - she goes crazy if she sees someone passing the house. She is ok in general with other dogs, but has been known to be aggressive when she meets strange dogs when we're out for a walk. She does have issues with separation anxiety, which seems to have improved over time as she realizes we always come back. I am also worried that if we don't take this puppy he will be put to sleep. Thanks in advance for your comments, advice!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-09
    It's really great for you to consider adopting this very special puppy. I very much like both the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd, and the mix could be a real interesting pet with a blend of the characteristics. My take from the behaviors and temperament of these two is that the puppy would be an active herding dog that is also a good family dog, and could probably be integrated into a home with another pet. Though the ACD part is less likely to want another dog around, the ASD part is more adaptable to other dogs. The Pug/Shar Pei mix should be tolerant, if socialized properly with the new puppy.  And because it is a puppy ('baby'), the chances of socialization are even better. Puppies are usually most adaptable. Honey is older, but is also a smart dog. She will most likely not only recognize it as a 'baby', but will also recognize the disability... and so may become a caretaker in a sense. At least... that would be ideal and  in my opinion the chances of acceptance are good. Also Honey does need some exercise, and though not as active as the puppy will be, this new friend could help with her activity needs and offset boredom. Good luck!
  • Peggy Rae Brock-Torpey - 2014-02-08
    I have three heeler/aussy shepard mixes....I've found my older red female immediately went to momma mode with her neice...when Jesse Rae passed I was given then 'found' (a puppy 3 months just showed up at our fence) two puppies. So I've had to give each their equal attention or they all were starting to get jealous... and when I interacted with each I did it with the others there....these were all family seems to work...all have different personallities and it hasn't been easy but making sure they know they all get individual and group love has calmed the snarling...hope this makes sense...please rescue this pup!
  • Mary Kay - 2014-02-27
    I would not bring in a Cattle Dog if your dog has displaced anger. Getting hyped up when someone walks past your home will start a fight. Your little dog will lose with an ACD. They can be small in stature but are like bulls & made of muscle. My chihuahua snapped at my Cattle Dog yesterday & he attacked her. Multiple punctures by the time I got from one room to where they were. He would have killed her if I wasn't home. All the books say they do not play well with others. He is generally very sweet & aloof. He is deaf. Whatever triggered it now has me living in fear & not allowing them to ever be alone unattended.
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Eileen Kaminski - 2014-02-25
I lost my Doxie, a rescue, after 13 years, to cancer and thought I would never get another dog....wrong! 3 months later my granddaughter made me go to the local KILL shelter, 'just to look at the dogs' and we came away with what turned out to be a Chion. He was on 'special', it was his last day before euthanasia and since I am a senior I only paid $25 for him. OMG! He won my heart immediately. It's now been 6 months and I can't believe how much joy he has brought to me....and my granddaughter, of course!

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