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Question by Christy
Submitted on 8/5/2003
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My 8 month old female chi and toy fox terrier mix keeps yelping when you touch her feet or try to pick her up.  I see it mostly when she doesn't feel like jumping up she will yelp until we do it.  Also when you do pick her up and set her in your lap she will yelp. It's not all the time so I was wondering is there a possible leg problem, or is it her personality??

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 8/5/2003
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That's a new one.  Some dogs don't like having their feet touched, but picking her up?  Has your Vet done a thorough exam?  Is it possible she has slipping kneecaps and is afraid that you will pull her leg and cause her pain?  How long have you had her and how long has she done this?


Answer by Christy
Submitted on 8/7/2003
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We have had her in to the vets a few times for shots and they examine her. She will never do it there.  We have had her since 1-16-2003.  She didn't do it at first, so I don't know if she does it because she knows she is spoiled and can get away with it, or if there is a growing problem.


Answer by lanisha
Submitted on 8/20/2003
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My peer bread toy fox terrier shivers whenever I touch her I warm her up but she just keeps on shivering. Also whenever I put her in her kennel because she cant sleep with me she cries all night and she wont sleep so in the morning she is always sleep, is this bad for her?


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 8/26/2003
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It could be because she knows she can get away with it.  Since you have had her since January, I assume she is one of a litter that was born at your home and was raised normally (weaned at 8 weeks, handled almost from the beginning by human beings, etc.)  I'm not sure what to advise, but I would ask your vet to do a thorough exam.  As she is now 8 months old, it is a good time to have your vet do a good internal exam at the same time she is being spayed (I assume this will be done).  


Have you had her since she was a pup?  If not, she could have been abused previously and be frightened of people.  As for crying in her kennel, she might have a case of separation anxiety.  Being sleepy won't hurt her, when she's tired enough she'll fall asleep on her own.  If you are home during the day, see if you can't keep her awake and then play some vigorous games to help her be tired at bedtime.  

Also, NEVER use the kennel as punishment, she should see it as her den, a good place to be when she wants to be alone and rest.  You might be able to help that by putting a few treats in her kennel with her at night, and don't make a big fuss about putting her in, just scoop her up, announce it is bedtime, put her in and walk away.  If she does have some time where she stops crying, even briefly, praise her.  You can do this other than bedtime by putting her in and staying in the same room but let her cry.  when she quiets, praise her, but the minute she starts up again, ignore her.

This isn't the best answer I would like to give, but without being there and having a full background on the situation, I hope you will find it at least somewhat helpful.


Answer by mmmartini2
Submitted on 6/21/2004
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I have a brand new 7 week old toy fox. I just got him, and he has been doing the whole crying at night in his kennel. What is a good way to fix this so he will sleep at night? Also he likes to nip at people when he wants to play, what can I do to stop this behavior? or is he to young to try and stop it? Thanks for your help.


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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Tough it out with the kennel, eventually he'll understand that making a fuss doesn't get him anything.  Of course, as soon as he's quiet, praise him but do not let him out of the kennel.  I do hope that once he's reliably potty trained, he won't sleep in a box, I'm really against that for adult dogs, it seems so cruel, my personal opinion only.

For nipping, a stern "No Bite".  When my beta Nixie would nip, I would make a loud yelp, which puppies instinctively know means they went too far.  Then I would say "Nixie, No Bite.  Bite is bad girl".  Then I would ignore her.  She finally got the idea to approach me and lick.  I was profuse in my praise "Nixie good girl, lick is good girl" and I would play with her.

It took a little while, but it worked.  That same process works for telling them "No lick" for people who don't like it, "No bark" or "Enough" when you want them to stop whatever they are doing, etc.

Terriers are very like chihuahuas, independent and fiercely loyal.


Answer by Eric Diemel
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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My Toy Fox Terrier got hit by a car about two weeks ago and he is jumping up and down normal


Answer by Caell
Submitted on 11/15/2005
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I'm considering buying Chihuahuas/JTR...however I'm a little concerned about the potential temperment of this dog. I have two neices that are around my house a lot...how are these dogs with small children? Help from anyone would be greatly appreciated!


Answer by Chevy_gal
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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For Christy!

I have a toy fox terrier, mixed with Chi, and mine was also doing the same.  She is a little bit other, almost a year old.  When we would pick her up, anything she would yelp.  She wouldn't jump, or play.  So we took her to a ER Vet.  and it was because she was I don't want to say contsipated.  But she just had al ot of poop in her, and the vet gave her laxative, and she has been great every since.  So that is something you might want to check out.


Answer by liny_04
Submitted on 4/26/2007
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I just got a fox terrier he is 3 months old, he cries all day in or out of the kennel any ideas why? he also uses the bathroom in his kennel even though i divided it so it can be just enough room to sleep but he still soil in it what can i do?


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