I just received a new teacup chihuahua from a breeder in CO today. We absolutely love her, and she is only 2 lbs. 10 oz at 8.5 months old. I'm concerned about a couple of things:
- She is used to playing and sleeping with other puppies in a pen, yet we have to put her in a playpen by herself when we can't tend to her. Although we have another chihuahua, we can't allow them to be in the playpen together because she's much larger. I worry about her feeling lonely at times when she's in the playpen, but will she get used to it? We did hold her and play with her a lot today, but she would sometimes claw at the sides of the playpen and want to get out.
- When we let her run around the house, she would run under the dining room table, couch or bed. I'm worried that she will get lost since she's so small. She won't come to me yet when I call her and will run from me until I catch her(!), unlike our other chi who comes when she's called. Because of her small size, should I just confine her to an x-pen or smaller area to run around when she's not in her playpen? Our home is pretty small, but I could set up an x-pen in the living room or gate off a section of the master bathroom.
I would pretty much do what you say. A dog that small really shouldn't run around the house. It can be very dangerous. An x-pen is great idea. She will be a bit lonely, but should get over it quickly. You could purchase a teddy bear with a heart beat to make it easier for the puppy. I think you can get them anywhere.
She will learn her name in time, and then want to be with you. Everything is just scary right now. Have a safe place for her where you are, I wouldn't put her in an area with you are not. Put here where you are. Good luck
Thanks for your response and advice. I will look for that teddy bear with a beating heart you mentioned. I've never seen one, but I will search for it. Just ordered a plastic playard for her, and I hope she likes it. She is so tiny and fragile, so I know I have to be extra careful. No more running loose in the house. Thanks for your advice to have her stay close to me to overcome her fears. I forget what it's like having a new "baby" all over again!
The biggest think to keep an eye on is her eating. make sure she eats regularly. Little puppies like that can easily go into sugar shock. If she ever act lathargic, or not her self give her Karo syrup or I keep nutra-cal on hand. either is fine, it is the sugar she would need. They both last forever also. If she doesn't perk up soon after, a vet visit would be in order
Tiny dogs like that can be a challange, but they are so much fun, and get used to their little area. My boss breeds a rare toy breed, and she gets tiny ones. They live in their xpen, and love it. They only come out to play when my boss wants to play with them. That way they never get into trouble, and they don't get hurt. You will love her to death.
Google "heart beat bear". you might find them. I wish I knew what they were called. Good luck, and if you need anything give me a shout.
Thanks for your kind advice, esp. about feeding and being in a confined space. Her appetite has been good, so I think she's adjusting well to her new environment and hopefully won't have any sugar issues. Oh, I did find the bear with the beating heart, called "Bear Hug" on Amazon.com. She went to sleep fine tonight, so perhaps I won't need this but I will definitely keep it in mind. Thanks again for being so helpful! We already love her so much!