Small Guide For Chihuahua Owners - Part 2

July 10, 2011

Continues from Part 1

Chihuahuas can be hard to train at first - you need to be patient and committed. A lot of intensive socialization from an early age is required, and you'll need to provide plenty of reinforcement for good behavior. Chihuahuas can suffer from a number of veterinary problems, so you'll have to pay close attention to health and behavior. These little dogs can quickly become obese and diabetic if overfed, and an obese chihuahua may also have respiratory and joint problems due to weight. Dental care is also important.

These little dogs' large eyes can lead to them suffering from eye trouble, and infrequent feedings may lead to blood sugar problems. Keep an eye on your chihuahua to make sure he or she is in good health. You don't need to worry about your chihuahua trembling, however. This is a common behavior in excited dogs, not a health problem. Well cared for chihuahuas will live as long as eighteen years.

Regular grooming is important, too. If you have a short haired chihuahua, use a natural bristle brush to distribute oils and remove dead hair, and a flea comb to remove these pests. A long haired will need a wide toothed comb or pin brush and regular grooming. If mats develop, use a detangler, and pay a lot of attention to the eyes and ears of your little dog. Shedding chihuahua should be groomed every day to help remove excess fur. You may need to trim fur on your chihuahua's feet to prevent slipping.

Thats the basics to what you will need to know about Chihuahuas. Just remember, treat them with love and care. Chances are, they will become more of a family member to you, rather than a pet.