What to Expect From a Chihuahua Rescue Dog

October 8, 2009

Taking in a Chihuahua rescue dog and saving it from an abusive situation while at the same time giving it a new home is a wonderful thing. Your little dog may never understand how to show you how much it appreciates what you are doing but if you stay patient then the rewards will come for years and years. You will need the right people to help you out and you will need to know what to expect from your Chihuahua rescue dog so take the time to do some reading and become an informed owner.big_sweet male and female chihuahua puppies available01

There is nothing more important to a pet than a good vet. You will need to find a vet that can help you understand and get through to your dog because your little dog has been through a lot and will probably have some very special needs for some time to come. A good vet can help you get through the initial stages of getting your new dog used to the fact that it is safe and loved now instead of abused and abandoned.

You may want to see if you can also make contact with the local Chihuahua breeder in your area and see if they would be willing to be a resource to you as you try and raise your Chihuahua rescue dog. Some breeders will not, but others may be more than happy to be available to you by phone if you have any questions about the Chihuahua’s behavior or if there is anything you can be doing to help the Chihuahua along. It never to hurts to ask and it would be great to have this resource available to you.

The first thing you are going to need to develop is a lot of patience. The Chihuahua is a very intelligent dog but their egos are very fragile because they think the world of themselves and when that world is shattered it takes a while for them to get back into the functioning world again. You need to just show your new dog a lot of love and also put them right into some standard training procedures so that they know that everything is okay and back to normal for them.

Housebreaking is a difficult thing with well-adjusted Chihuahuas and it can become almost impossible with a Chihuahua rescue dog. You can, and should, try standard housebreaking methods with your Chihuahua but these may fail immediately as your dog may still be confused from its ordeal. For a rescue dog you may want to accept a litter box dog and save you and the dog a lot of stress. Use shredded paper and keep it clean. It may be the best way to deal with a difficult situation.

Training and living with your new dog will be very difficult but never punish the dog. A Chihuahua will respond more to positive reinforcement and may become defensive with punishment and start biting. So just understand that you are going to need a lot of patience and love and never punish your Chihuahua rescue dog because that is something you would not do to a well-adjusted Chihuahua and it will certainly bring negative results with a rescued dog.

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