1. What First-- When you first take your new pup home, please do not give it free run of your home. For the pups safety, please confine your pup to a small area. Be sure in this area the pup has a bed to sleep in, and can see its food and water dish. You can put newspapers or house training pads down in this area for your pup to go potty. I have found that a Child's playpen works great for a new puppy. You can put the bed and food dish along with some paper down in the playpen. This will not only keep your pup safe but also give it room to play and exercise.
2. Feeding-- I recommend free feeding your little puppy. This means to make sure your pup has food in his/her dish at all times. These pups have very small stomachs and eat a little bit at a time. Toy dogs are what you call nibblers. When a pup comes to a new home sometimes they can get a little stressed out. If they seem not to want to eat the recommended dog food then mix it with wet can Purina Pro Plan (ground Chicken or beef). They seem to love this can dog food. However, I do not recommend you keep the pup on this food permanently. It causes loose and frequent stools. If they still will not eat give them boil Chicken. This normally will do the trick.
3. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)—This is a rare happening but I want you to be informed of this condition. Some pups can get very stressed in moving to his/her new home. You have to stop and think this pup was used to being around all its littermates and mother. This stress can cause the pups natural glucose levels to fall. If you notice your pup becoming very listless and in inactive, this could be a warning sign. If this happens, you need to get your pup pumped up with some glucose. The best thing I found is children’s pedialite. Also Gatorade can be used. If you do not have these items available, karo syrup or honey can be used temporarily. If this does not seem to pep up your puppy within 10 minutes, seek medical attention right away.
4. House Training-- Your pup is going to be very tiny when you first bring it home. I recommend waiting till the puppy is at least 12 weeks old before getting really strict on house breaking. Until then, train your pup to newspapers or training pads which can be purchased at Wal-Mart.
5. Vaccinations-- Your puppy will have been started on its first puppy shot and will have been wormed. Puppies need a series of puppy shots. To be confident that your pup is protected from disease you must keep it up to date on all its vaccines. Please get your puppy under a Vets care as soon as possible.
6. Grooming-- Chihuahuas Puppies do not have to be bathed that often. If you have purchased a smooth coat Chihuahua you may simply keep it washed off with a washcloth or baby wipes are good to use. Once a month is plenty enough to bath your Chihuahua. Keep their nails trimmed back to the pink area in the nail. Clean out their ears with Q-tips and Peroxide. When your Chihuahua reaches 1 year of age you will need to have the vet check its teeth for cleanings.
As a committed Chihuahua breeder, I am always available by phone or email. I will gladly answer any questions you have on the care of your new Chihuahua Puppy. 574-876-8052