Animal Stories - Long-haired Chihuahua


Animal-World Information about: Long-haired Chihuahua

   The Long-haired Chihuahua is a classy little dog, full of personality and spunk.
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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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Jim - 2012-11-21
What is the best way to giv our little one some Trifexis? I mean that stuff STINKS and these dogs have a smeller that will detect this 'stinky stuff.' We tried a little allpesauce, put some in his treat, and we resorted to actually.... I held him while my wife put some in some yogurt and forced it down/made him swollow it. I felt bad doing it but you would think they could make this stuff so a dog could take it. Any thoughts for next time?

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  • Jim - 2012-11-21
    DAG this stuff stinks the house. WHOA!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-21
    Heh... sounds like you guys had some fun:_  I've used hot dogs to bury the medication in for dogs, and that usually works because they will just gulp it down (no chewing for them!). Also, a technique I use when medicating dogs and cats... I open their mouth by gently inserting my finger on the far side of the mouth, just past the molars. Then I put the pill as far back in their throat as I can, where all they can really do is swallow. It's fast, effective, and over before they even know it happened! Then I give them lots of love and praise.
  • Jim - 2012-11-25
    :) #1 worse part....to put the stuff in his mouth so he swollows it. #2 worse part.....Trifexis STUNK THE HOUSE UP. This stuff stinks and our dog can smell it(no matter what we tried).
  • Toni - 2012-12-03
    A miracle has happened! We can get heartworm medication injected for a six month period of time and it is no more expensive than six months of Trifexis. I just got my dog, Bonnie, an injection and am so glad I no longer have to wrestle with her to get that stupid pill, which she hated, down her little throat.
  • Joon - 2012-12-07
    I usually break the Trifexis in half since the pill is kind of big for them to swallow, then coat it with cream cheese monthly for both of my dogs, long hair chi & miniature poodle. It works like a charm every time.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    I break it up a litle and then put it in a fairly good size piece of cheeses or a ball of cheeses whiz or piece of hot dog.
  • Jim - 2012-12-10
    We tried breaking it up and rolling it in cheese. It worked for one piece then he smelled the second piece of cheese and walked away. That's when my wife put it in some yogurt and (kinda) put it in his mouth. Got some on his coat by his ear and she washed him but didn't get it all. I took a pair of scissors and had to cut the piece off. Getting onto a different topic it seems our dog has a smooth coat but when it comes to the ear area it 'looks' kinda matted(it's not just looks that way). Seems the area 'feels' kinda damp and wondered if it had to do with his ear.
  • Nancy - 2012-12-13
    I break the Trifexis into several pieces and then put them into pieces of a Pill Pocket. My dog loves the Pill Pockets! Good luck!
  • Gerri - 2013-01-07
    Coat the pill with smooth peanut butter and your chi should gulp it down like mine does.
  • Jim - 2013-01-22
    'Should gulp it up?' You don't know our guy. He likes the peanut butter then when he smells the Trifexis he walks away. I feel bad forcing it down his throat but I tell him 'it's for your own good.'
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-27
    Try fat free American cheese. I have an 11 year old longhaired chi with an emlarged heart. He has to take several pills a day. We first tried just putting them down his throat - didn't work. Then we tried the pill pocket routine - worked for a few times and that was the end of that. He loves American cheese. We now wrap his pills (sometimes I have to cut them up if they are kind of big) in pieces of cheese. No problem, right down the gullett - I guess he thinks they are treats. You might try that avenue.
  • Jim - 2013-04-04
    NOTHING works for this guy. UNFORTUNATELY we have to resort to forcing down his mouth. Yeah just put some stuff that stinks the high heavens into some cheese and he won't know. YEA, RIGHT!!! After grinding it up in some yogurt, an hour afterwards he hacked that up. Have I stated that this junk stinks?
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Jim - 2012-12-22
Having this sweet dog is like another kid in the house. We have to 'spell' OUT, WALK, PLAY, FOOD, jeez I could swear he has learned our language better than someone using Rosetta Stone.

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  • Jim - 2012-12-30
    Funny thing is my wife calles him 'a punk' when he gets into something. 'Get outa there you little punk' then seeing him running out of the room SHE had left open.
  • Mary Goodwill - 2013-03-24
    That is so funny...just like my long haired. Sometimes it is like she even knows what I am thinking! I never mention going to the vet but when that day comes she hides when I say let's go BYE....usually she loves her rides in the car! These pets are smarter then we are!
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Michelle Logan - 2013-03-04
I have a longed haired chihuahua. His name's Fluffy. He's a fireball. He's so full of energy all day long. It's really difficult to train him. My mom has another dog. A toy puddle. Her name's Audi and she is very old. She is 16 years old. Fluffy's not 1 yet. But he still tries to play with her like she is a puppy. Fluffy does not like any of our neighbors and hates cars. He tries to chase them on our daily walks. I don't know how to calm him down.

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  • Jim - 2013-03-04
    Our dog goes berserk over the mail lady. When we have the windows open and she hears him she says 'HI KILLER!!'
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Jim - 2012-12-20
Another comment.......our dog(after been given a treat 'sometimes') will go and want to hide.bury it. It's only frustrating when he scratches on the carpet. You kinda feel for these animals because I guess it's instinct. This is the first time I have had a dog that does this. As a boy we grew up with Boxers and the 2 we had did not do this. Is there anything I can do indoors? Outside he does not dig, just munches on bunny turds, eats bark off of little limbs, loves dead leaves. OH and got him a KONG and he will not eat from his bowl ONLY from his KONG.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    How old and how long have you had the dog?
  • Jim - 2012-12-20
    He's 11mos. old, will be 1yr.old the beginning of Jan.
  • Jim - 2012-12-20
    We got him when he was 4 weeks old.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    They are small and often nervous dogs.  He may have come from a place where he  was not comfortable and may have felt he had to hide his stuff to keep it.  With patience and love he will become comfortable and more then likely calm down.  Try putting something special in his bowl.
  • Jim - 2012-12-30
    We've had him since he was 4wks old.
  • Gerri - 2013-01-07
    My female chi started hiding things when she was 6 months old. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. This must be a natural dog instinct because I have 3 cousins who also own chi's and their dogs also hide their toys, bones etc. My chi also scratches at her bedding like she is trying to dig. I have had her outside and she began digging a hole like a hound dog, but she is a full blooded registered chi. Must be normal behavior for her. I certainly won't be leaving her alone in the yard to dig holes.
  • lisa - 2013-02-18
    Last year I rescued a long haired chi mix who is about 5. She does the exact same things...no digging outside except when she finds delicious cat turds (she is a most effective scavenger hunter), loves clumps of dead leaves, digs a bit in the house before she lays down in her bed, and when I give her a big treat meant to occupy her with chewing she will pace around the house whining until she finds a satisfactory place to hide it, usually in the linen closet. My solution was to stop giving her such large chew treats. Now she only gets bite sized things which she eats right away. I felt too sorry for her when she seemed in distress looking for a hiding place.
  • Tony - 2013-02-20
    Well, I had a doggy, long hair chihuahua, that used to get everything under ground and was afraid of everybody. I took him over to the Psychologist and he advised me to take him over to the graveyard for few nights and to leave him there all night long by himself. Well, I did so but when he came back home we found out that something was killing the cats in the community. It was weird because the cats showed up dead with two holes on their necks and by the time we realized what was happening I fould out that I have been bit by the leg while I was sleeping. I had two holes on my right leg. Then one day I went back to my room and I found my long hair chihuahua sucking blood from a rabbit that I had in the room. The rabbit was already dead. Well, I decided to end the problem and what I did was to remove the two fangs and I tough him how to drink tomatoe juice. Now I have no problems with Draky.
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Odalys - 2013-02-26
I also have a long haired Chihuahua. she is blonde and white and they are smart dogs. She is very obedience and understand a lot of things you tell her. The thing I want to know is there something to make her hair grow because she got a few fleas and from scratching she has some bold spots and also sleeps with me. They are very protective.

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Debbie - 2013-01-19
I have always had chihuahuas.It started with my husband giving me one for a wedding gift,and I have had one every since. We have been married 38 years. They are like having extra children .All our kids are grown and out on their on, so our dogs are a real comfort . We now have a short hair white male,and a long hair black & tan female, who we mated, and now have a short hair chocolate female. They all three have their own personality. The daddy is smart, serious,and at times can be an ankle biter. The mom, is so sweet, very curious (which can be dangerous at time) and very playful. The baby, oh my goodness , she is the cutest thing, and she knows it.playful, smart,and dose not know she is a dog.She thinks she is a baby human .They all love both me and my husband, but they all three have a special connection with me . If you are thinking about getting a dog , I highly suggest a chihuahua, but only if you have time to be with them, because they need a lot of attention . Goog luck, and God bless.

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lisa digirolamo - 2012-11-24
Small dogs take longer to house train. As soon as you catch the dog relieving himself inside, tell him 'No' in a stern voice...don't yell at him, then take him outside. It may take a little while but patience goes a long way. Never hit the dog or put their 'nose' in it. How would you like someone sticking your face in the toilet?? Then punching you in the face? Think about it. If you are doing this to your pet, then dont have one! God forbid one of your kids slip up!!

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  • Jim - 2012-11-25
    We were 'VERY FORTUNATE.' Our Jay was kinda 'house broken' when he was given to us (6 weeks old). After reading about other dogs like this we are very 'BLESSED.' We use a puppy pad and praise him every time he does his job. Every now and then he will miss the pad but hey he's only a puppy and at least he does not go where ever he wants/when ever he wants. Speaking of that he will sleep from 11pm until 8-8:30-9am without getting up to go. Well since we have had him he has gotten up maybe 10 times before he has woken up.
  • Mel Moen - 2013-01-11
    Our little long-haired Chi is 3 1/2 mos. old and weights 1.5 lbs. We decided, when we got her to break her to a potty pad. It is placed inside a small cage (with the door open). So she does not 'miss' the pad. We change the pad 3 or 5 times a day and she has taken to it like a miracle. For a very small dog (such as ours is) I would certainly recommend this potty-training method!
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Lynda - 2012-12-21
Just wanted to share as my husband drove to the store this morning & what a drive we are in the country. He looked and on the side of the road were 2 teeny tiny long haired chihuahua puppies. He stopped the truck & they ran in terror to what was probably their last home, a burlap sack. He picked them up and drove to a nearby shelter and was told sorry we've got no room. He was furious. Now we've taken in so many strays we have 13 dogs all fed Call of the Wild & probably 30 cats all dumped on our country road. Well can not turn these two away. So I guess it's welcome home holly & belle; may God send those who put you in a sack & dumped you on that road to h** where you can be repeatedly starved and dumped on each of the levels of h**. Merry Christmas to the heartless Scrooges! Thank you for letting me vent.

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  • Jim - 2012-12-22
    I cannot speak for the others but there isn't a thing that would hurt my feelings or bother me. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
  • Wanda - 2012-12-23
    Hi Lynda, If you happen to live in Southern CA I'll come adopt those puppies. I just started looking for one and stumbled on this website.
  • Nancy - 2012-12-31
    I to am considering either an adult or senior long haired Chihuahua. I am 73 and somewhat disabled so could not handle a very energetic dog. I'd love a long haired chihuahua - they look so much like the pomeranian that I lost to Cushings Disease a year or so ago. But I have a bunch of cats so I don't know if they could tolerate cats unless they grew up with them.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-08
    I recently adopted a female black and white long haired chihuahua. Her name is Molly. She belonged to a family that kept bouncing her from house to house and wasn't taken very good care of. She ended up being taken by a family member and then shortly after got lost in the heat of a Texas summer for 2 days. Almost died from dehydration. She is 8 yrs old and missing most of her teeth!! So, her tongue hangs out the side of her mouth all the time. The girl that took her from the abusive family was gonna have to put her down or send her to the pound where she would've been only given maybe a week before they did the same to her. She was extremely scared, nails extremely overgrown. She has breathing problems and goes from sounding like a piglet when she's sniffing around to sounding like a goose honking when she's trying to cough something up. My son found her on facebook in our town and called me. I recently had lost my 19 yr old weenie dog, (yes she lived to be 19 and had all her teeth, no major health problems) I had adopted from a family when she was 5. My heart was broken and not ready to adopt again, until I saw Molly's pic on facebook. Long story short....I fell in love with her at first glance and though others wouldn't adopt her because of her tongue hanging out all the time and that she didn't have many teeth. I fell in love instantly and she is spoiled rotten now and is well loved. I think she saved me, not the other way around. (I had recently at the time had a life changing event health wise happen to me) GOD BLESS you for giving them a good home. Don't know where you are but if you are needing to find them a home.....I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THEM!!!! Tina Hocog (facebook) in Lubbock, TX
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