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Old 07-09-2010, 10:18 AM
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He's here !

Hey guys, I'm new here and I've been waiting for this day for years I just got my puppy and I love him. He's a 10 week old Chihuahua x Pekingese. Here's his story.. the man I got him from had a family member babysit his male pekingese while he was on vacation.. Well, the sitter decided it would be a good idea to have him socialize with her female unspayed chi. The bitch had a small litter of 3 pups and required veterinary assistance. To top it off the poor father of the pups died of heat-stroke. They needed good homes for the pups, and help to pay those vet bills I'm sure! So we took this little guy in. They have been calling this little survivor "Dago" a mix of David and Goliath. He seems to respond to it, and I'll probably keep the name. He is a whiny lil fella, I can't leave a room without him wanting me to pick up him. Well, its probably stressful coming to a new home! Still Definitely have to start the training NOW!
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:08 PM
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Cute... whatever you do DO NOT constantly pick him up. Make him stand onhis own 4 paws first. There's nothing more frustrating than seeing people coddle their little purse pooches well, because they can. My neighbors across the stree just got a shi pup last month and MAN do they baby her. By making the dog cope on his own, you teach him to be self reliant and build hs confidence. You can certtainly go up and stroke him or pet him but NO CODDLING

Congrats on the new pup. I dig his name.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:58 PM
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It's so hard to resist picking him up and cuddling him but I know it's best not to, i don't want to baby him and make his behavior worse. I do have a question already... I got him this morning at around 10am and since he's been here he hasn't wanted any food..he'll eat if I hand feed him, but not out of his bowl. I'm definitely going to switch his puppy food, they gave me alpo cans...ughh.. but for now so he isn't too stressed out I've tried to give him that and he doesnt want it. Is he just adjusting and will eat when he's ready? Also, can anyone recommend a high quality wet food to mix with a dry food so he gets used to the switch? I know several decent brands of dry but I've never really fed wet food because it makes gross poops. But that's what he's used too..

Oh yeah, and I know I shouldn't keep hand feeding him or he'll rely on it, I was just trying to convince him to eat by offering him a taste.

Well..I spoke too soon, the little guy is chowing down as I type. I'm a paranoid new mama, forgive me lol

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Old 07-09-2010, 02:13 PM
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A pup certainy WON'T starve themselves, and Alpo cans yeah YUK. He's 10 weeks old, you can put him on a good kibble with a little milk replacer to soften it, or god forbid mix a little of the alpo canned in with it. He should be on puppy mash. You don't want him to get use to you jazzing up his food to make him eat. Set down the law NOW. You eat what I put down when I put it down or you wait till the next feeding time (which btw should be about every 5 hours for a small breed pup of that age). He won't eat a lot. I reckon about 1/3 cup of kibble a day at most if that.

Here is a good link on how to read a nutritional label so you can make an educated decision about what food to give rather than relying on the multipule answers you'll get here about what food to give.

The Dog Food Project - Identifying better products

and the AAFCO standard guideline for nutritional requirements (wow de ja vous... I've posted this like 6 times here already )
Dog Food Standards by the AAFCO

the best thing to do is educate yourself on nutrition. The person you got the dog from should have told you what feeding schedule he was on. If not set it now and stick to it. Don't be weak, and don't suppliment a missed meal with an overload of tasty treats.
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I know alpo is garbage. And I know how to dissect food labels..I've just never raised a puppy before by myself and I know puppy's diets are a little different than adult dogs. Thanks for the links, that helps! 1 more question..would it be too stressful to take him to the vet for a checkup and shots today since I just got him here? My vet doesn't do appointments and they have a early morning and late night openings and I could get him in today if i wanted.
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It is suggested to take a new pup to the vet with in the first 7 days of owning them. It will be up to your vet as to whether or not he should get shots yet, but a physical is certainly in order for ANY new pup.
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Thanks, I'm going to hold off a few days, that way I can answer any questions the vet has regarding eating/pooping habits and address any concerns and questions that I might need to ask him. I was just eager to get him started on walks, but that can wait.
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Oh honey you're at least 6 weeks away from being able to take him out on walks around your neighborhood. He shouldn't be exposed to common dog areas until he's at least 2 weeks PAST his FINAL set of boosters and they can't even do his rabies booster until he's 13 weeks old MINIMUM... being a chi mix they may wait until 15 weeks. The only place you should really be taking him out is in a fence back yard if you have one. Even in the front yard if it's not fenced other potentially infected dogs can wander into it. Also be careful giving him a leptospyrosis vaccine. MANY small breeds, esp. pekingese and shih tzus don't do well with the lepto vaccine. Talk to your vet about it IN LENGTH find out if it's even a core vaccine in your area, or if you're going to be exposing him to areas of stagnant water where lepto is contracted. Find otu if he's at risk before you give him shots he doesn't need. Same goes for kennel cough and bordatella (pretty sure it's bordatella). Usually only dogs that are in doggie day care or kenneled often or going to a groomers really need those.

Good idea to wait a few days until you get to know pups habits a little better. Always better to be informed going to the vet armed with questions, than to not be able to answer HIS questions.
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wow thats super sad about the father, I hope the owner was reported....thats neglect and depressing.

Cute pup, I agree dont pick him up too much I own 2 chi's and treat them the same as I do my large dogs
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ok. You need to send him to me. Its for his own good. Trust me.



Seriously hes is SQUEEZABLE!! OMG I love him.



I think I just contracted puppy-itis. aaaa



FWIW I almost never carry my little guys.



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