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Question by Lacey
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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hi,i recently got a 7 week old male chihuahua, and at first he was very friendly with my other animals (cat and dog) but now he constantly growls at my dog, and my cat wont go near him. i dont know what to do because i take him everywhere! please help, i want him to get along with my other animals! if anyone has any advice dont hesitate to help me out!

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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You just might be setting up for dominance wars.  Your puppy was new to the house, and was on his best behavior until he got the lay of the land.  Most likely now he wants to play, if he's barking growling but has his butt up in the air that's an invitation to play, it's called the 'play bow'.  As for the cat, don't know there, some cats take longer to get accustomed to dogs, especially playful puppies.

Your older dog can take care of himself, if the puppy gets too out of line the older dog will correct him.  Adult dogs put up with things from puppies that other adult dogs can't get away with, as long as there's no blood or loud yelping, leave them alone to work this out.  I mean it, don't get involved or you can make it worse.  Keep giving attention to both dogs, no playing favorites and no sticking up for one over the other.  As puppy grows up, he'll settle down, although that may not be until he's over a year old.

I'm going to recommend getting both dogs neutered )if you haven't already had the older done), at least the chi pup, as this will keep him from becoming frustrated by smelling females in heat and cut down on dominance issues.  I'm also going to recommend the book Chihuahuas for Dummies, which is the best book I have on the care and maintenance of these adorable little creatures.


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