Puppy Care
INSTRUCTIONS/CARE FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY

DIET/FEEDING:
Depending on the breed, size and dietary needs of our puppies, we may feed them different types of food.  Please check with us on recommended food for your puppy. If choosing to switch them to your own professional grade puppy food such as Science Diet, you may need to add a bit of water just to soften the food to make it easier for the puppy to chew/digest. Until they are older, we suggest giving the puppy constant access to his/her food. Afterwards, you can cut it down to 2-3 times daily (the same time of day at each feeding). This will also help make potty training a bit easier as, the puppy will learn to go outside at certain times (approximately 10-15 minutes after eating).

POTTY TRAINING:
1) Let them outside often (suggested: every 2-3 hours).

2) You may want to start off with puppy pads until the puppy is fully accustomed to going outside (you may want to tape the pads down as, the pups love to play with and chew on them). Start off with the pads in one area and gradually move the pads closer to the door every 3 or 4 days. Once you reach the door, the puppy should be accustomed to going outside. After your puppy has gone outside, please be sure to consistently award their good behavior; offer them lots of praise.

3) Until the puppy is fully trained to go outside, you may want to use a puppy pen in between and/or at night. To make training easier, we suggest taking the puppy out at the same time periods each day. This will help get the puppy on a schedule and he/she will know when to expect to go out.

4) You can also crate train your puppy.  Using this method, let the puppy outside as stated above.  If he/she goes outdoors, give him/her lots of praise and let him run free for awhile.  If not, put the puppy back in the crate and repeat until he goes then, give lots of praise.  After consistently using this method, the puppy will eventually learn to go outside.

HEALTH CARE:
1) Be sure to take your puppy for his/her next well-puppy check (see health certificate and call your vet to schedule the next appointment).
2) WARNING: Chihuahuas are known to have low sugar levels and can have seizures if not tended to properly. If you notice your puppy lounging around a bit more than usual or low on energy, simply mix approximately 1/4 teaspoon of honey in his/her food. This will bring his/her sugar level back up and will avoid the potential for a seizure. Fortunately, we have not experienced this with any of our pups but it can happen. Of course you can also check with your vet as, he/she may have another suggestion.

COLLARS:
If using a collar, we suggest a harness collar as, the puppy's necks are tiny and fragile (if you use a standard neck style collar, the puppy could easily injure his/her neck). Since they are so tiny, often cat/kitten or ferret harness collars fit best. You may want to start early so he/she gets accustomed to wearing one. Otherwise, it may be difficult to get him/her to wear one at all.  With Chihuahuas, as they grow older, it is recommended that you continue to use a harness collar for the reason stated above.

OTHER TIPS:
Most important, enjoy your puppy and give him/her lots of love! They love to
cuddle and will quickly get accustomed to curling up on your lap and/or sleeping under a blanket! We always enjoy our pups and wish we could keep them all. Please do call/e-mail us occasionally to let us know how you and the puppy are doing. Of course, you may also call us any time if you have any questions or concerns.