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Jill - 2012-11-25
I rescued a 13 month long hair Chi a year ago. We named him Chico. He was advertised as being 8 pounds (big boy). Since then he has grown to 15 pounds. Vet says for his size he can be 15-17 pounds. I love him just the same. He came house broken and very lovable except he picks and chooses his friends. Only likes a couple of dogs and humans in the neighborhood and wants to kill the rest. When I am at work my Mom walks him and I fear for her falling when he meets up with someone he does not like. She spoils him when I am away. Not sure what I can do to stop this behavior...any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Maybe only give him a few treats every once in a while, for example, give him a new toy every 7-8 months. But, if he seems bored, then immediately get him a new toy.
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wakeelah - 2013-01-24
Gerri, I think it is the nature of these dogs to dig. I have a 10 month old long hair chi, and she digs in her bedding, my hardwood floors, and outside. Have you noticed the fox charterisic of these dogs. Foxes have holes, and yes, they dig them. I bought a cat litter box and cat litter for my foxie Brown, she enjoys digging in it and making a mess.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I have a really old Golden Retriver that does that too. I think it's just because of the dogs instinct. Weird.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-05
Hello, I am not allowed to say my name because I am a kid and I LOVE my best friend's long haired chi. I REALLY want one and hers is SO adorable! I really want one, and I wanted an opinion on how some of you like your chi's. We live in New York, and it gets hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. We have installed heating and cooling, so I think we will be ok. I just wanted your idea of a chi and if you think we will be ok. We have a big living area and a lot of open space outside, (with no fence so a little worried) but, I go to school EVERY weekday and no one is home intil around 4:00. Will it be ok? Do you like your Chi? Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    If you really want a Chihuahua, and your parents are okay with it, I would say it would probably be fine! They do great as indoor dogs, and as long as you plan to take him/her outside after school every day to play and get exercise, your dog should be fine staying indoors while you are gone. If there is no fenced in area you won't want to take your dog outside without a leash until they are trained and you trust them to listen to you.
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Katelynn - 2013-08-05
Okay so in the message it says beef is not recommended for a chihuahua and poultry is better but my chihuahua is really allergic to poultry, like chicken and turkey. Should I try switching him over to chicken or should I keep him on beef?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    If he is allergic to chicken I wouldn't switch him over to it! It might be a good idea to ask a vet what the optimal diet would be for him.
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Kim Wood - 2012-09-03
We adopted an approx. 5 year-old chihuahua-long haired mix from the shelter about 1-1/2 years ago. His name is Reese and we love him to death. We visited the shelter, adopted him and came back to pick him up a few days later after mandatory neutering. He has adapted well to our loving home and new environment. We suspect he was abused at some point by men as he is a little leary of men until he meets them. He is a mama's boy. Loves Daddy for the walks and playing, but sleeps with Mommy all of the time. He has some kind of allergy and we have spent $1,000.00's trying to get a grip on that problem. We feed him Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet (Natural Venison Meal & Potato Formula) after many tries with other vet-recommended dry foods. We no longer use dryer sheets or fabric softener in our laundry and have tried all the expensive flee medications (now using Advantage) although we have not seen any flees on him. We now use oatmeal shampoo and have him bathed regularly. We are hoping this works. Next, if the constant itching problem persists we will try Natural Balance as recommended all over this site. He does, however, have one other problem that I have not seen addressed here and it is really an addiction for him because he never stops!!!!!! He suckles, or wubs (as we call it) on blankets and does this for hours on end! It doesn't bother us, but I am wondering if anyone out there knows why he does it??????????????

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Wow, that's very curious. You are very dedicated to the little fellow, and that is really great, but you do have to wonder what's up with the suckles. As you've mentioned, he was in another home before yours... and maybe not all was as great as it is now for him. Also there's no way to know when he was pulled from his mother. So there could be a combination of things going on, learned coping behaviors for early traumas perhaps? Sounds like he's going to be fine with you though even if he does still have his quirks:)
  • Amanda - 2013-01-19
    Sounds like my chi. GiGi sucks on her thigh for hours at a time.... Strange but kind of cute :) If we try to stop her it is very upsetting to her. So we let her do it and clean her leg so it isn't moist. I think it comforts her and the habit developed as a lack of socialization in her previous home. She had fleas when we got her and has been on a nitro diet for 3 weeks. She is recovering from bad fleas and has missing patches of fur and scabs that I wish would just heal so she looks as cute as her personality. She is also learning to be house trained and have human interaction... Her first two years were not in a loving home, but we love her to death.
  • calvin - 2013-07-28
    My long hair chi itched constantly as a puppy...vet said dry skin partially because I had to bathe him every two weeks because of my house dust allergies....I was told about epi-soothe made by virbac by the vets groomer...it's for dogs,cats, and strangely enough horses (although you'd have to be rich to buy enough for a horse or even a lab).,..you lather it up and leave it on 5 to 10 minutes then rinse well...a friend who'd had to shave his yorky mix cause of hot spots found washing with this every week for a month then every 2-3 weeks has cured and controlled the hot spots...they also make a conditioner which I haven't had reason to try since this has worked so well.
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michelle - 2009-12-31
Oooh, he is so cute...... But my maltese is cuter then all malteses in the world!

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  • Desmari - 2011-02-19
    Pom Pom is the best.
  • Sapphire - 2011-06-09
    Yours may be cute,but my Aunts has got to be the bomb!
  • luis - 2013-07-28
    Hahahaha, you must be kidding me, my toy maltese is the most beautiful in the milky way. haha
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Jim - 2012-11-07
What's the best way to clip nails on a dog that....won't let you and/or hyper(without going to the vet)?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    A groomer?  I don't know any other way except to place the pup in my lap and hold him still with my legs and just clip the toenails.  I don't try and do 20 toenails at one time - just a few here and there as he is calm and sorta 1/2 asleep in my lap. 
  • Jim - 2012-12-01
    Well I tried to clip his nails but he won't let me. I tried to hold his paw and he backs off. He almost bit me and I think he senses that he will get hurt. I tried talking to him and my wife did too. we tried giving him a treat but still NO WAY BUDDY! I pray for the groomer.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    Will he let you file them - all you really need to do is take the real points off so he doesn't scrath you when jumping up.  Walking on the sidewalk will even do it.
  • Toni - 2012-12-03
    It takes two for my Bonnie's claws to get clipped. The groomer does the work while I hold her paws so that she can just barely touch the table top. Doing that keeps her mind on getting her feet under her and takes her attention off the clippers, which the groomer uses very quickly. Then she clips the long bunny feet Bonnie gets in winter, big, fluffy snow shoes on her delicate little paws. She doesn't like having her bunny feet clipped any more than having her claws clipped.
  • Jim - 2012-12-04
    All IS good now. My wife took him over to her sisters place (walked the dog there...less than a half a mile). She clipped them. It took both of them but it got the job done. My wife said he pulled her all the way going there, so he knew where he wanted to go. She has 5 dogs, 4 long haired chihushuas (our dogs mother,father, and his brothers so he has one heck of a time when he goes there. :) OH, the device we tried to use was 'Pedi-Paws.'
  • Mary Goodwill - 2013-03-24
    This method works well for me...I wrap her in a small blanket all legs except the one I am clipping. It limits her squirming. If there is someone else around I have them hold her also which is a help.
  • Debbie - 2013-07-24
    I have had dogs of all sizes. Nail trimming can be a challenge. Telling you to start early in life is probably too late for some of you, but you can get a fabric muzzle that fits comfortably on them and do it to keep from getting bitten. The worst thing is after someone has accidentally cut into the quick. They have long memories. I know it sounds horrible, but I had a rescue Doberman that we had to give a sedative to do her nails. She was the best dog I could have ever had but just wouldn't let me do her nails and the vet was scared to do it without doing something. I play with the babies feet from the time they are born, massaging them with lotion and getting them used to the touch of a human hand on their feet. Then they don't mind as much. Don't cut them too short. I just cut them back far enough that they don't disfigure the way the feet touch the floor. My babies sleep on my bed. I do it right there a little at a time - a few here and there as needed - so they are always willing to let me do what I want to do. And it is best after a bath when the nails are soft.
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laurie - 2013-01-05
I love the feisty demeanor of this breed. They are very smart. Some are couchpotatoes, some Need lots of play time. They are very entertaining. Mine is long haired & often confused with Papillions. It took 2 years to housebreak him. He knew better but was stubborn. Thank you to the family who rescued the pups. I'm sickened by human behavior.

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  • Jim - 2013-06-11
    It took our dog about a month or two after we got him. At the time we got him he was 4 weeks old. He goes on his 'puppy pad' all the time. One thing.....sometimes he will miss but don't we all miss once in a while? He's very good at sleeping at night. he will go into his cage when he's tired(10-11pm) and won't wake up until 8:30am. My wife walks him twice a day and if he had his way he'd live outside(nice weather).
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Anonymous - 2012-04-02
Hi, I have a very cute pomerainan. She is very active but I do need some help. She does not know her name. How do I get her to know her name and when to come and stay. Just wondering if you knew how to train her :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-02
    A trainer told me that when a pup comes to you to 'CALL HER NAME' out. Then be real happy that she has come to you and say good dog and wonderful etc. So when she comes to you for any reason - say her name and really make over her. That is what a trainer told me. I decided that the pup I had just didn't like the name I gave her. So I sat there and said a bunch of names. The one she responded to via jumping up and down and wagging the tail - she seemed to like it. So I named her SAM even though a gal but she always came when I called her after that.
  • migdalia - 2012-09-15
    I found the most beautiful miniature pomernian. It stay with me for three years. All of the sudden it died. Losing him was very hard. He was family, my baby.
  • Donna Lake - 2012-11-11
    Poms are known to have what is called the goose call. It starts with a hacking cough like their trying to cough up something. It actually is a thicking of the tricka. that leads to the tricka collapsing. Mine is 8 yrs old and, she's a mill pup for sure. she has it all that, the poms are known for. floating knees, tricka collaps. Her D.V.M. has her on rimadel & torbutrol 1 mg needed for what the call the tricka collaps a seizures. when it starts you need to move quickly to get that pill down the dog a.s.ap. to open the air ways. i have done cpr on her twice already. when it comes don't panic. Get the pill in and some air. I run mine out side and lay her on the grass and, waite. Sometimes it takes 2 to 3 min. After that and , it's still going i use another pill. if you can not get your dog out side . Put her or him on the counter and slowly breath air up their nose every few seconds. when it passes. the dog will get up on her own. Many people loose their dogs due to knowlege of this common pom issue and, it had a seizer over night. The best move is to get your dog started on rymadel and the torbutrol at 1st signs of gaging. I also use omega 3 from pet co or any pet shop or on line . It's a dietary supplement called grizzly salmon oil. it also is good for the coat, skin allergies, They love it. All they need is 1/4th tea spoon a day.
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Kathy Jane Tibbitts-Hellier - 2012-04-03
Hello I have a 2 year old hairless Chinese crested male dog which is 17 lbs. and has taken to not wanting to eat. He has lost most of his teeth now and so kibble is out of the question. He won't touch canned dog food and I have wasted a lot of money on making food that he won't touch either. I'm pulling my hair out. My opinion the vet isn't sure what to give him either. He went from having a great appetite to eating very little and he needs to see me eat it first or he won't touch it and I'm not eating dog food sorry. Please give me some suggestions cause he's only eating meat that's it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-03
    Wild dogs/wolves hunt and they hunt for meat. That is their mainstay and they do quite well. If your little fella only wants to eat meat then let him. I'd just cook up some hamberger (or ground turkey)for him. That way you can taste it (or pretend to) and he can eat it. If you wish - a little yogurt over the top or mixed in won't hurt at all. At 17 years old - I think he should have his own way.
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