Top Ten Things You Should Get Your Chihuahua Puppy
The Chihuahua is among the most popular small dog breeds in America, and it’s understandable since they’re very cute and lovable. They like staying by their owner’s side, which makes them very good companions.
If you are a new Chihuahua owner and you just got your new puppy, what are some of the things that you absolutely have to get for your new family member?
10. Puppy Gate
Puppy gets are installed at the top of the stairs so that your puppy won’t fall off, though they can also be installed at the bottom to prevent puppies from trying to climb up.
9. Puppy Crate
When you get a crate, make sure that it’s big enough for your Chihuahua to stand up, stretch out, and turn around in. That’s not too much to ask – Chihuahuas are tiny, so you won’t need anything too big.
8. Pet Odor Remover
Pet odor removers will take away all traces of the smell, which is particularly useful if you want your dog to stop using your carpet as his personal toilet.
7. Exercise Pen
An exercise pen doesn’t need to be big. The good thing with a Chihuahua is that they’re so small that they don’t need too much space. As long as your Chihuahua has enough space to run around, the pen should work. The pen will allow you to leave your puppy alone without needing to worry about him getting into trouble.
Chihuahua toys are available in pet stores. You can also make your own toys from old socks and other materials, but you have to read up on the various materials that you shouldn’t use for dog toys.
5. Grooming Kit
Chihuahuas are usually found indoors, so their nails tend to grow long. Outdoor dogs always run around on rough surfaces, so their nails get sandpapered short. It is important to keep your dog’s nails at an acceptable length, because long nails can make them slip on smooth surfaces, which can hurt them.
Remember that you shouldn’t use human shampoo on your Chihuahua because it will dry their skin and cause them discomfort.
You also have the option of buying a dog bed from your local pet store. When buying bedding, make sure that the materials used are not toxic to your dog, and that it’s not edible. The worst thing that can happen to the bedding next to getting soiled is getting ripped apart for snacks.
3. Food/Water Bowl
2. Collar and Leash
Collars should fit your Chihuahua perfectly. Try to get a standard buckle collar, the kind that makes it easy to snap the leash on. Of course, the collar you will buy will need to be extra small. The leash should be long, thin, and lightweight. The good thing with Chihuahuas is that no matter how they pull on their leash, they’re not prone to breaking.
The most important thing you get for your dog is a way for people to identify the dog as yours. This is particularly important for dogs that tend to wander away from their owners. If your puppy gets lost, someone will pick him up.
A basic ID includes your name, the puppy’s name, your home address, and phone number. It is usually very small and can hang off the collar without causing your puppy any discomfort. Make sure that your puppy has this with him at all times – you never know when he might do a disappearing act on you!
There are, of course, other things that you can get your puppy, but these are the things new owners should get first. Don’t forget to consider your puppy’s size. There are many things that you can do with big dogs that you can’t do with your Chihuahua, but that’s all right – they are still fun companions to be with.