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You have made the decision that the right puppy for you is a Chihuahua. You have found Chihuahua puppies for sale from a reputable breeder and you are on the way to pick up your new best friend. However, with the small size of your Chihuahua puppy and the fact that these dogs are well-known for their lack of fear, they can easily get into trouble that will get them hurt, or worse. You will also need to find out what the myths about pet insurance are so you can get the right policy in place for your new pup. With a little information and preventative action these dangers are completely preventable.
The first thing you should do is ensure that all toxic cleansers, chemicals, chocolate and people medications are out of reach for your new puppy. If necessary, install childproof locks on your cabinets. If you have a large number of plants, either inside or outside, you should look them up to ensure they are not toxic. Even a small nibble may be a lethal dose for your Chihuahua puppy due to their size. If you are not sure about a particular plant, you should get rid of it just to be safe. Also, spray dog chew deterrent or bitter apple on any of your electric wires that you are unable to move or cover up. This type of spray can be found at any pet store.
Be sure that you learn to call your Chihuahua puppy away from any type of potential danger, including other dogs, slug bait, cleansers, chocolate and open windows. Also, keep your treats or a special toy on you in order to reward your puppy for looking and then coming to you when you call. It is important that you never yell or hit your puppy when they obey and come to you, even if you feel like you should. This will only teach them that coming to you will result in being hit or yelled at.
It is not a good idea that you do not bring a Chihuahua puppy around other dogs, a large bird or small children since they can accidentally cause harm to the pup due to their small size. If you do have these watch the interaction closely. Be sure you have selected a vet for your puppy prior to bringing them home to help deal with any type of emergency situation and keep their number handy for any questions or serious situations.
By taking the proper precautions, you will be able to get the care that your new puppy needs with ease.