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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Anonymous - 2012-09-14
My little guy 3mo. long haired Chi is positively adorable. Trouble is I think he knows it and pretty much does what he wants when it comes to using my entire house as his toilet. I take him all many many times. He watches the older ones do their business and just scratches and whimpers constantly at the door till I let him in. It seems that he thinks its wrong to go outside to do his business or else he just likes the soft carpet on his butt whichever the case can someone please help me. The older two look at me as if to say what are you gonna do about this mom? I have read and tried just about everything. I watch him like a hawk and when he starts to circle or make some movement like he's ready to go I run him outside. I can sit there with him for a good half hour with no luck. As soon as I bring him in and turn my back he leaves a little gift for me. Please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-14
    Many swaear by those wee wee pads.  The dog goes on the wee wee pad inside the house and then you take the wee wee pad outside and it will go on the wee wee pad outside. 
  • Michelle - 2012-11-13
    I have a cat litter box, he doesn't eat the stuff in it. We are still working it out but Chico's getting the idea. I tried the puppy pads he wouldn't even go on them. Michelle
  • Jim - 2012-11-14
    Our spoiled guy will walk around and around before he goes #2(he doesn't do that when he pees). After he's done he will smell it. He does not lick it or eat it like I have read some dogs do. He will come in and just look at us like 'Hey, I did 'something' aren't you going to give me something?' Well we usually give him a treat when he does this.
Jim - 2012-05-18
Our little guy is 4mos. old/4.5lbs and is chewing on the baseboards in the kitchen. THIS is our only problem. He is taken outside to play almost every day and is put to sleep at about 11pm and sometimes does not wake until about 8am.
Is there anything(food wise) we should keep him from eating?

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  • Jim - 2012-05-18
    How can we NOT spoil this cute little guy(Jay) even if he is bad every now and then?
  • vicest - 2012-05-30
    Your dog needs toys and more toys. I get my dog a new toy every 2-3 weeks and then after you get a bunch of toys rotate some in and out so the dog is always mentally stimulated
  • Babbs Coady - 2012-06-01
    Just a few odd ideas, try getting the dog a proper teething bone for one and at the same time wash the baseboards in something that will be safe but bad smelling and tasting to the dog (like people, dogs differ in what they may or may not like the taste and smell of.) I found this worked for many of the dogs and cats I've had over the years.
  • Jim - 2012-07-04
    Our dog has plenty of toys. This was about 2-3mos. ago and he does not do it anymore BUT does bite/chew on plastic chairs outside and wooden legs inside every now and then. One thing I have found and that is the rubber colored ring on a Target prescription bottle(large size) our dog LOVES to chew on. I DO monitor this as one he almost swollowed a couple months ago as he chewed a piece off.
  • gloria - 2012-07-23
    chocalate it will kill a dog bones like chicken bones
  • Becky - 2012-08-01
    I once had a small mixed breed that used to chew on the furniture. Our vet said that she had a vitamin deficiency and put her on a canine multi vitamin. the chewing stopped. Hope this helps
  • jim - 2012-08-30
    Our dog has his own favorite toys and others that I have made. I always supervise his chewing on toys, bones and other things. One of his favorite toys is a teething toy for babies. He'll knaw on that all day. I've had to take off a couple of parts that he got lose and started chewing on. Little buger.
Sherry Holmstrom - 2012-09-08
I have a 2yr old long hair chihuahua, named Emma. I took her to the groomer for the first time, and apparently wasn't clear as to the medium hair trim that I wanted for her. She came back shaved like a yorkie. I was devestated. How long will it take for her hair to grow back? Thank you.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-08
    She will look pretty good in about 2 - 3 months but takes about 6 months for the full coat to grow back in.  You could wait till the groomer was asleep and shave her head.  LOL   - an idea.
Jim Ries - 2012-07-19
Our Chi has been 'honking' (like a reverse sneeze) and sometimes it will last about 2-3 minutes. It's like his whole body will jump. It worries me that something is very wrong. A family friend says her Chi does the same thing. The vet said there's nothing to worry about BUT when it goes on like this I wonder. He will do this maybe 3-4 times a week. Should I be worried like I am?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-20
    I don't know why they do that but they do.  It's normal, sounds really strange and of course their whole body gets into the act. I thought maybe allergies or a sinus problem.  I think they must get flem back in their throat. 
  • SAM - 2012-08-01
    My chi does the same thing and our vet told us its his airway collapsing which is a normal chi trait. Usually is not harmful to them but can be corrected with surgery if become a problem. I was told it could be exacerbated by allergies or being overweight.
  • taylordane - 2012-08-14
    I was told it was allergies and they can get a shot from the vet from time to time or a 1/2-1 teaspoon of childrens benadryl when its at its worse.
  • Jim - 2012-08-30
    Our dog goes on his 'pad' about 99% of the time. I kinda think it is psychological, but hey whatever works. I will not change.
Jim - 2012-08-28
Our little guy is very well potty trained (for a long haired Chi, I think). Now, is it tooo much that we reward him for doing his NUMBER2 on the puppy pad? I think, hey better to spoil so he keeps on doing it on the pad than not to. Very seldom will he pee or otherwise on something other than the puppy pad.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-29
    Whatever works - keep doing it.  I'd reward him too.
  • Jim - 2012-08-30
    Every now and then he will miss the pad BUT it's not like he's not trying. Still in my mind he'll be a PUPPY for a while and this will take time and we are patient.
L.C. - 2012-08-29
My long haired chi is housebroken as long as she is in the part of the housee we mainly stay in. If we allow her to go in the other part she goes to the bathroom even if she has just been out. We would like for her to have full run of the house, but so far it is impossible she is about 2 years old and we have had her for about 4 months. any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-29
    People swear those wee wee pads really work.  Is there a place in the other area of the home that you canplace one or put one in a litter box.  One thought.  Another thought is if you walk her - to put a leash where you are in the other part of the home.  Best all around is to watch her or crate her whenyou are in the other part of the house and prevent her from going in that part.  Soon as she even looks like she has to go - grab and get her outside. 
Katie - 2012-03-10
My long hair chihuahua is 3 years old. I have taken her to several vets to try and figure out what may be wrong with her, she does not produce tears in her left eye and I have to clean mucus out of it constantly. That eye is a good bit smaller than the other too. She also tends to drool out of the left side of her mouth. Any ideas what could be wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-10
    Sometimes a person will not produce tears and they have to use drops. Sometimes the tear ducts can be closed which might be the case. If the vets have no idea - seems strange but would have someone check to see if duct in the one eye is actually open and working. I'd also have them check the teeth on that side in case bad tooth or possibkly a pinched nerve and that would cause drooling. Possible stroke. I would thinkk the vet would check these things out.
  • Babbs Coady - 2012-06-01
    I was able to dig this up off the internet, hope it helps.

    It sounds like your dog has sustained damage to the nerves that control the muscles on the left side of his face. From your description it's most likely the trigeminal nerve or the facial nerve that has been affected. You can tell the difference by whether your dog can blink his left eye or not. If he can't it's probably the facial nerve that is affected. This can be iatrogenic (no known cause), secondary to a middle ear infection, hypothyroidism or a tumor. He needs to see his veterinarian for an examination and diagnostics. Iatrogenic facial paralysis may improve with time but middle ear infections and hypothyroidism need treatment. If he's unable to blink his eye you'll need to supplement his tears with artificial tears.
  • gloria - 2012-07-23
    i am not a dr i am just voicing my opinion but i think dogs are like humans they get things like we do and that sounds like stroke to me
Bonnie Snyder - 2012-06-30
We were playing tug-a-war with our 5 month old male, his favorite game and a tooth fell out. Is this normal? He did not seem to even pay attention to it, so it must not have hurt him. Baby teeth that should come out? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-30
    Yep, baby teeth.  Chihuahuas lose their baby teeth about 4 - 6 months old.  Adult teeth come in very quickly right behind the baby teeth so hard to notice unless you really look.   Don't worry, it is OK.
  • Jim - 2012-07-04
    The same happened to our chi. He is going on 6mos. and lost a tooth about 2 weeks ago. I am trying not to pull on his toy hard as this 'might' loosen some others. I am more gentle now(he doesn't want me to be gentle though).
Jim - 2012-07-04
I have noticed that our guy is rubbing his face on the carpet(or any other surface) after chewing on his bone. Why is this? TY

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    Probably just cleaning his face and getting the saliva off and his fur going in the right direction. 
Charlene jenkins - 2012-06-16
I have a 9week old male long haired Chihuahua .. its a lil hard to get him to eat sometimes What shoud I do? & what's the best way to help him shake his nerves ..He gets scared when we leave him in his cage alone or take him outside for a walk .... any ideas???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    Chis are a nervous breed but start to relax and calm down and not be afraid the more used to their surrounding (and you) they get.  Remember, this is a little fella so they don't eat much.  You if are giving him a small piece of toast, a little cookie - that is what he is going to eat.  I'd try and and add a teaspoon of yogurt or a teaspoon of beef broth over the food. Have no idea why the computer switched print.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    Sorry my computer decided to be difficult.  You can place something you have worn with your scent on it in the little fellas crate.  They have comfort in that - and a stuffed animal he might like.  He is so young, just removed from mom and siblings and he is scared and they shake when scared.  Hold him, leave your scent on a t-shirt in his crate.  Remember he still has baby teeth so you can mash up dried dog food into smaller pieces for him with a little yogurt and warm water to soften the dried.  He is just little -  Going outside - he will get used to it but prefer being carried in a knapsack.  Hard to housebreak that way but many rave about those wee wee pads.  Place one at the door you take himn out of and when/if he goes on it take it outside. 
  • maisy - 2012-06-24
    Chihuahuas are picky eaters, if you feed them table food, they won't eat dog food. I make mine ground chicken and add in boiled potatoes, carrots and peas... she pushes the peas on the floor but will eat one or two