JUST what we needed.

amylou321

Well. Here we go again. SO has wanted another inside dog for awhile now. And it JUST so happens that the man who maintains the yard at our other home had some laying around. I didn't know anything about it until he brought it home about an hour ago. Now I need a name for her.

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amylou321

Shes a long haired chihuahua.

My first thoughts for names were :Cookie, Punkin, or Twinkie. But I havent had breakfast yet. Thus the food names....

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salonva

Oh my she is precious and oh so regal. Was going to suggest Lucinda, but Queenie?

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pudgeder

ooohh what a cute little Punkin!!!

I'll take her if you don't want her.

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salonva

ohh of your options I like Twinkie!!

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amylou321

I am open to suggestions.....

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murraysmom Zone 6a OH

Pippa

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terilyn

Bitsy

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sleeperblues

She's so cute! Congrats. How about Penny?

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shopping101

She is the cutest thing ever!


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Lucille

She is adorable!!! My Duchess is a chihuahua and they have unique personalities. I like the name Punkin.

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DawnInCal

Awwww...she's sooooo cute!!! Definitely looks like a house/lap dog.

My first thought upon seeing her photos was "peanut"


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Elizabeth

Pixie....'cause of those ears! So sweet.

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matti5

Because you love the color pink, my first thought was Pinky :)

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always1stepbehind

OMG....look at that sweet face...I'm melting. How old is she?

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yeonassky

Carmelita

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always1stepbehind

How about Sweetie :-)


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nannygoat18

She looks like a mini-Bambi!

Congratulations!


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adellabedella_usa

Zoe

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lindaohnowga

She is adorable. Give her lots of loving for me.

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Debby

Kitty. Seriously: name your little dog Kitty.

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maire_cate

Fawn. That's what she looks like laying in the grass.

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always1stepbehind

Sugar, Sunny, Lilly, Itsy

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amylou321

Matti, my first thought was Pinky. It got a funny look from both SO and the dog. :/

She's still getting a pink collar.

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PKponder TX Z7B

Fawn was my choice too because of her color.

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Jasdip

happens that the man who maintains the yard at our other home had some laying around.

He had some puppies just laying around?


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amylou321

He had puppies. Well, I think she's around 5 or 6 months, so not really a true puppy anymore. Anyway, he had two and wanted to rehome this one.

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bpath Oh Sophie

Penny is a sweet name!

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

Adorable indeed!

How about "Button"? She is certainly as cute as one.

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Rusty

Either "Twinkie" or "Bambi". Or maybe "Chica", which is Spanish for 'cute'. (Well, she is a chihuahua.) Although if I were to name a dog Chica, it would probably end up being called either 'Cheeky' or 'Chickie'. For some reason both people and animals I love always end up with nicknames.

Rusty

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

FWIW, 'chica' means girl in Spanish. Linda or lindo means cute/pretty girl or boy, respectively.

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Rusty

Carolb, Google Translator tells me 'Chica' is Spanish for 'Cutie', (female) or 'Chico' for male. My typo or spell-check's correction, I'm not sure which. :^)

Rusty

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crazybrunette64

My first thought was BC = before coffee lol

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bpath Oh Sophie

¡Chica! ¡Está muy chiquita! She’s really a cutie, Chica would be a cute name.

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maifleur01

I have always waited to see if a name fits. Your SO should have asked what she is called. My automatic reaction was Julia.

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salonva

I am just having fun with this as I love thinking of dog names. The bottom pic of her serious face- she looks like a Heather. But that name does not have good nicknames. I do like Twinkie.

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amylou321

She wasn't called anything. No name at all.

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joann_fl

I named mine Zoey. She is a cutie!


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always1stepbehind

We named our chihuahua Penny...and yes, they get a lot of nicknames. Currently "Hoochie" or "Hoochie poochie" LOL

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amylou321

Settling in nicely I think.

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always1stepbehind

Blaze

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MrsM

She's adorable. I have a Yorkie. I sometimes wish I'd named him Tater Tot. I like some of the suggestions above like Fawn or Chica.

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Lucille

She looks happy and comfortable.

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jtc

Chicklette

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1929Spanish-GW

I love her! She looks like Bambi.

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Kool Beans

So cute! Pinky?

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Kathsgrdn

Bertha lol

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nickel_kg

What a sweetie! Her fur, her coloring, her demeanor all look so soft. I'd call her Fern. Or Fuzzie. Fuzzie Fern. Whatever. You can't go wrong with a face like that :-)

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mama goose_gw zn6OH

Looks as if she needed you, too. :)

My suggestion is Dulce (de leche).

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Yayagal

PeeWee

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

Pipsqueak - or Pippi for short.

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amylou321

Omygawsh.

I have never in my life been so nervous to WALK through my house before. Gotta get used to a creature who isn't a big lumbering oaf in the house...

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

I guess there's more than one meaning:

Translations of girl

noun

la muchacha

girl, lass, gal, colleen

la chica

girl, gal, cutie, lass, wench, lassie

la niña

girl, wench, gal

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Janie

Yes, "Chica" - she is a Mexican girl of course.

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nicole___

You like pink....Rosa...? So CUTE!

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Jasdip

I get a kick out of opposite names for dogs. St. Bernard called Tiny for example. So how about Bruiser, Rocky (or Rockette, Rocky for short).

Or Champagne. She's definitely a pocket puppy, or purse puppy, so Pipsqueak is cute, Tater Tot.

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seagrass_gw

Rosie

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DawnInCal

Yea, I like Rosa with Rosie as a nickname. Rosa covers pink, gives a nod to the dog's heritage and it's a cute name too. Win-win!

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colleenoz

Chiquita! Means “petite”

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hounds_x_two

Chula (means “cute”)


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Janie

My neighbor's very sweet and very tiny Chihuahua is named Lolita and I like that, just makes me smile for some reason.

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always1stepbehind

You'll get used to knowing where she is with her nails clickety clacking on the floors :-)

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dedtired

Perot. “I’m all ears.”

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mdln

Gizmo (from Gremlins)

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What a cutie! So sweet looking.

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Rusty

Oh, I do like 'Gizmo'!

Rusty

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Adorable! I would have taken her in a minute. My little girl, toy fox terrier, is Mia Milan.

Misty

Lala

Geegee

Salsa

Chacha

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janey_alabama

My first dog was named Chica, she was wonderful!

She is a cutie pie. Have fun with her.

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Janie

Oooooh, I like Salsa! Raven just reminded me that my neighbor had a Chihuahua named either Salsa or Taco, I could never remember her name :)

Ded, you make me laugh :)

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sprtphntc7a

she'a a cutie for sure!!!

Ginger

Pebbles

Gigi^^

Cabo

Daisy

Cookie

Penny

Nugget

Peanut

Margarita (rita for short)

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lgmd_gaz

What a cutie! I am sure she will love and be loved!

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georgysmom2

So precious!

Iris......cause she's going to be the 'apple of your eye'. Not to mention her eyes.

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Adorable dog!


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Kathsgrdn

I must be the only person here who doesn't like cutesy names. lol. I was half joking about Bertha, just went totally opposite of everyone else. My daughter has two little dogs, one is living with me right now. His name is Sherman, which I like. I call him Sherm. Her other dog is Buttercup, gag. I call her Butter.

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quasifish

She is adorable!!!!

Kathsgrdn, I'm with you re: names, but mostly because of a cat I had with a cute/odd name-- for whom I had to purchase RX meds at Walmart. That was always awkward :^) I vowed to give my pets human-ish names after that!

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

I also like 'Muffin'.

There's a lovely children's book by Margaret Wise brown called 'The Noisy Book' about a little dog named Muffin and all the things Muffin hears.

And is anyone else familiar with this funny meme?

Also FWIW, when I was a kid, we had a miniature poodle gifted to us named Bitsy, but his full AKC registered name was Sir Itsy Bitsy Claws, Lord Pickles.



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salonva

Kaths- I like names like Bertha as well. :) Only problem is it needs a good nickname. Maybe Bessie?

Btw, I love that name Sherman for a dog. I had a friend who named his lab Norman. I know then you get into the problem when people really ARE named that . oh well anxiously awaiting the decision.

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Carolb, I have a german shepherd named Muffin. Might be a touch confusing.

Anyway, we may end up not keeping her. The guy we got her from said that his wife has been crying since she left. Plus she is TERRIFIED of SO and hides under the furniture whenever he is around and we have to lift it up to get her out. We will see. He wants us to give his wife time to get used to her being gone. But if she wants her back we will give her back.

In the meantime I have been considering Babette,Betty, and Alice. I dont know why.

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always1stepbehind

How did your new baby do overnight??



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So so. She did not sleep well. And for some reason she woke up and decided she doesnt like SO, even though she was attached to him yesterday. Weird.

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share_oh

Our chihuahua was named Belle. She passed away last year. She would attach to ONE person at a time and that was it. You could be her favorite person but if someone else was holding her, she'd snap at you. She was definitely an alpha though and gave us lots of laughs.


They all need adjustment periods. If you decide to keep her, maybe have SO give her some special treats so she can warm back up to him.

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Lucille

There is still one puppy left at their house right?

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amylou321

Yes. A boy

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

I have been considering Babette,Betty, and Alice. I dont know why

I've always thought that my pets sort of "chose" their names somehow, since a name would occur to me without rhyme or reason and would stick. One cat ended up being called Gomez for this reason. It fit him perfectly.


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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

I agree that you should wait a bit to see what fits her personality.

But my vote is for 'puddles'

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amylou321

I decided to go with Bonnie. Bon Bon for short.

The first vet visit did not go well. Oh she's healthy, though younger than we were told. She's around 14 weeks according to him. Problem was she turned into a straight up DEMON while there. She bit the vet. She bit the vet tech. She peed and pooped everywhere. I was SHOCKED, considering how sweet and docile she is while home. I talked to him about her hiding and he told me that if I dont put a stop to it she will only get worse as far as her fear aggression. Never had this problem with any of my pit bulls. Just sayin......

Anyway. I guess we have a lot of work ahead of us. I dont want a yappy little ankle biter. I want her to be sweet and friendly like my big oafs. Otherwise I will have to go and find the world's tiniest muzzle. She goes back for her booster in 3 weeks.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

Isn't it a matter of teaching her to trust? IMPE, that requires tons of patience and gentleness. Seems like she was terrified...?

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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

She peed and pooped everywhere.

I think 'puddles' would suit her well then. LOL

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share_oh

My Chi hated the vet and they would put the tiny muzzle on her or she'd bite everyone too. You have to remember they are so tiny everything and everyone is so much bigger, it can be easy to see they could be frightened. I got Belle as a rescue and they guessed her age to be 4 - 12. She bit everyone in the family when we first got her. Her nickname was Demon Dog. But after she got used to us she stopped biting, except as I said above if someone was holding her, then only that person could touch her.

Can you turn her into a sweet and friendly little oaf? I don't know. Maybe with her being a puppy you can. Best wishes!

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Well, she better turn into something. That behavior is NOT ACCEPTABLE to me. Not in my house period. If one of my pits or my GSD acted like that people would be up in arms. I have never had to train a friggin puppy to be friendly,so I may seek professional intervention. I will try simple socialization and desensitization first.

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jtc

Good luck Amy. Little dogs are much different than the large breeds. I think I heard somewhere that the small ones tend to bite more and I agree not acceptabe.

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DawnInCal

amy, from what you posted about her upthread, it sounds like she didn't receive much attention from her former owners. It could be that she just has no idea how to behave around people and unfamiliar situations. If you are willing to take her on, it could be that all she needs is time to adjust and lots of socialization to build her confidence.


I totally agree with you that that is unacceptable behavior for a dog no matter what it's size. Best of luck to you and your SO in turning her around.

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

We had one cat that had been traumatized by the unexpected (and not discovered for days) death of her owner - who had hand raised her from young kittenhood, bottle feeding her. We took her in but she didn't adapt well to the new household although the other cat did just fine. She might snuggle onto a lap but would growl if the lap person moved, and bite or scratch if you tried to pet her while she was there, or tried to pick her up, or basically interact with her at all! The vet nicknamed her "Slasher"; it took 2 assistants with leather gauntlets to deal with her.

She eventually accepted that we weren't trying to kill her, and would tolerate our presence, but only became friendly and even affectionate in the last 3-4 years of her 20 year life. I think she had dementia and forgot that she hated us.

If she hadn't belonged to a beloved relative and so was important to my DD at the time, I would have re-homed her long before then.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

This may not be the dog for you. These are traits of that breed. They are naturally yappy. They are biters. If you expect to mold it into what your big dogs are then you probably need to return it.

It's not going to be any fun for the puppy or your family.

Mine is a tiny breed but it is a different breed and does not have those characteristics. She is not yappy at all, not a biter. Very very lovey. So there are tiny dogs that can be friendly and sweet.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Also they have very fragile necks. Should not use a leash on a collar, instead use a harness, no tugging or pressure on tiny neck bones. I keep a collar on Mia so her ID tags are on her, she is of course chipped too. But always walk her using a harness.

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Lucille

I agree with Raven, I have a chi and use a harness with a separate collar for tags.

I was discussing with a lady this past year whose bity chi had bitten a guest. The guest sued for over $90,000, possibly partly for the expense of a rabies series.

Simply because they are small, does not mean they cannot cause damage. There are tiny muzzles, Duchess wears one when she gets a shot.

All dogs are different and Amylou I am sure you know how to handle dogs. My mention of a muzzle at the vet is just what works for me and Duchess.

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DawnInCal

It's true, they are fragile little dogs, but not all are yappy biters. We had two of them when I was a kid, and both were friendly and loving companions. Neither of them ever so much as growled at anyone let along bite them and they were both great with kids. They also weren't yappy dogs; only barking if someone knocked at the door.


I know various breeds have certain traits they are known for, but it's not fair to the breeds to label them all as one thing or another. Some chis are yappy biters and some are not, just as some pitts are vicious while many others are friendly lapdogs.


raven, you are right that this dog may not fit into amylou's family; only time will tell. She may very well end up being a high strung, nervous biter or she may calm down and become part of the family. Everything is so new to her now that it's impossible to tell how she'll end up. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm arguing; it's not meant that way. It's just that your comments reminded me of the two we had when I was a kid and made me start thinking about how friendly they were, so I thought I'd share my own experience with the breed.

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amylou321

I do not buy into "breed characteristics." I could be wrong for sure, but I always thought that tiny little dogs that were bitey and yappy were that way because their owner allowed it. Same thing with big aggressive barky dogs. It's true I only have experience with large breeds. But to me a dog is a dog and will do whatever you let it get away with. She's only been here a few days so she is for sure a little on edge. She growled at Otis, my pit bull great dane mix. She got scolded, and hasn't done it since. Honestly I will have no problem rehoming this dog if she is beyond my capabilities. We will see....

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sprtphntc7a

i saw on the 'dog whisperer' - Cesar Milan, that if you hold little dogs all the time, they get very defensive and 'think they are bigger and better then everyone else'. let her stay on the floor till she learns her place in the pack.

dogs will always try to be the alpha, you have to tell and show her she's not through gentle correction and repetition

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arkansas girl

You also don't know what all she's been through at the previous owner's house. She may think that new people are going to be mean because she's had mean things happen to her. My sister had a tiny white Chi that was mean as heck. She got her as a tiny puppy though and was never mistreated. This is the only dog that ever bit me my entire life! HAHA! My sister really did let her get away with this behavior though simply because she didn't know how to stop it. I think training is a great thing if you decide to keep this dog. It may be better if you and your husband would pick out a dog that you both want though rather than simply taking a dog that someone didn't want...maybe this is why the guy is wanting to get rid of the dog, because of her unruly behavior. My friend's dog pees and poops all over when he goes to the groomer because he's so afraid. A tiny muzzle is an idea. She may freak out even worse though, being afraid of the muzzle?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Well, this sure seems like an accident waiting to happen! Amy, if you look up training chihuahuas, you will find a million or so articles about their biting, snapping, and yapping. I would suggest that 14 weeks is old for such a personality to be retrained.


I've known several of these little dogs, two were total sweethearts.


By the way, my mother's name was Bonnie. Your dog would be the perfect namesake, you have no idea! I'm going to have to call my brothers for a chuckle.

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Lucille

retrained

I think almost any critter can be retrained to remove bad behaviors and encourage good ones if the owner is committed to doing so and has the time and energy which such training demands. A biter is of course in a special group because in certain states a second bite can be very expensive. In addition, those in the home especially if there are children should not be put in danger and if danger exists then removal of the dog should be considered.

It might be a good idea until training is under way that BonBon have a crate or room to retire to when guests drop by.

As far as a muzzle that too can be a training adventure and when very yummy food appears at the same time the muzzle does, it might be seen in a different light by a dog that loves yummy treats.

She growled at Otis, my pit bull great dane mix. She got scolded, and hasn't done it since.

If Otis got results after only one lesson, surely there is hope?

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nannygoat18

Agree with all the comments re: training, probably best done by a behaviorist.


Having worked with rescue dogs, I would suggest giving Bonnie a "cooling off" period so she can adjust to the transition. She may be a very different dog once she gets used to the surroundings. And please.....let her approach your DH at her own speed for a better outcome. It's encouraging that she liked him at one point, perhaps she's just overwhelmed.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

I always assumed chihuahuas were mean tempered too, based on my experience as a kid with my best friend's dog, but my BIL told me basically the same things Dawn relates above. His family always had them and never had problems with with them being snappy or bad tempered, so I think it's not a given that this problem is permanent.

& I thought the pooping/peeing thing around strangers was submissive behavior?

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arkansas girl

It is definitely not a given that a chihuahua is a snappy yappy dog at all. My sister, the one with the dog that bit me once, also has other chis that are very sweet. I have met a bunch of very sweet chis. When I was a little kid, I had a long haired chi that was very sweet and never mean to anyone...ever! I believe they are just like any other dog, can be mean or can be great...it depends on their personality.

I absolutely do not buy into the idea that a pit bull (whatever the breed of it) type dog is mean at all. They can be some of the sweetest most lovable dogs ever and great with kids and other dogs as well as being great with cats.

I also believe that a dog can be set off by a bad experience....contrary to what some people may believe, dogs have LONG MEMORIES and do not forget things easily! So maybe just one bad thing happened to little Bonnie and she's not wanting to let it go.

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PKponder TX Z7B

It really takes a while for a newly adopted dog to fit in and feel comfortable with their new family. I read that in a post from the Friends of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter and assume it's accurate.They recommended about 4 to 6 months.


The new family and the new dog need an adjustment period to begin trusting each other and finding their place in the pack.


That being said, I too believed that chihuahuas were prone to bitey/growly (little big dog syndrome) behavior but I'm no expert. Maybe a little fear drives that behavior?

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PKponder TX Z7B


Not exactly your situation but close enough to be meaningful.

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sprtphntc7a


OMG PK, , first time i saw that^^ literally brought tears to my eyes... our Leo was a rescue and we are sure he did not a great start, probably something along those lines. promptly got up and gave him a hug and kisses!!!

so many like him unfortunately :(

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b

Maybe chihuahuas are just fearful more often than larger dogs, because of their small size...?

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Lucille

How is BonBon doing?

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amylou321

She is okay. On recommendation from my vet we set her up in our hall bathroom,which is right in the middle of the house. Instead of shutting the door, we put up a baby gate so she can still see the goings on. So she has her own space,but cannot hide under furniture,and gets used to being around people all the time. I let her roam the house but when she tries to hide under the couch,I get her out and put her back in her room. Again, at the recommendation of the vet. At night when I am here I bring her into our bedroom and shut the door so she cant escape and hide under the couch. Though she does hide under the bed for awhile before coming out to lay on her own bed after a couple hours. She is still terrified of SO, which is pitiful,because HE is the one who wanted her and brought her home. Sigh. She is still pretty timid with me as well, but will come to me eventually whereas she will not go to SO at all. I do not get it.

I only see her act like a normal dog when I let her outside. Inside she doesn't want to play,run around, or interact with anyone or anything. Outside, she has a ball.

House training is going good. We only had a couple accidents overnight. It's a good thing I am off work this week. (Well, I was supposed to be. I have to fill in for the boss tommorow) She is going to have to get over her fear of SO. When I start back on my normal night shift he is going to be the one here with her alone. I think when I start back on nights I will move her and her baby gate to the master bath during the day while I am home asleep.

It would be dishonest not to admit that it can be a bit frustrating at times. I have taken in former fighting dogs,dogs off the side of the road, and have tamed feral cats at work to the point that they go off to be a drivers fat and happy housecat or driving buddy. Never have i had such difficulty convincing a creature that we are not going to hurt it. But I am committed to helping her,be it keeping her and hoping she adjusts or finding a better home for her. There is a particular driver at work who has a chi named gizmo that rides in his truck with him. He has told me before that he had some difficulties with him not liking his wife that were eventually resolved. I will ask him when I see him for recommendations.

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amylou321

Well I have found a solution. While at work today there was a driver whose wife wants a little chihuahua. She is home most of the time because she doesn't work, and they have had chihuahuas before. So I am going to either go home and bring her back later today or bring her tommorow to go to her new home. I am a little sad and feel terrible that I couldn't make her happy. I also feel bad for uprooting her again. But I think this is for the best. I truly feel that.

I think SO is disappointed and his feelings are hurt a little bit by the fact that the pup doesn't like him. Especially as he was really excited about getting her. He won't admit it of course.

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sjerin

I didn't read the entire thread, but do tell SO that he may remind the pup of someone else who WAS mean to her, earlier in her life. The lady behind me said her dachshund, whom they adopted when she was 3 or 4, is terrified of her grown son and they don't know why. I'm glad you found someone else for the doggy and perhaps you and SO can go to the shelter and pick out another; spend some time before adoption with whomever you pick out so you can be sure there is no fear.

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Lucille

Amylou you did the best you could, and found her a good home.

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arkansas girl

Maybe y'all can foster to adopt with a local rescue service? I hope the little pup will be OK with the lady you are giving her to. I also think that probably your SO must remind her of someone that was mean or someone that she was afraid of before. My dog is afraid of men with long beards and teenage boys. She was tied up in deplorable conditions when she was rescued, so no telling what all she had happen to her before she was rescued.

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Kathsgrdn

It could be her size and his size just because he is so much bigger than her. I'm now taking care of one of my daughter's little dogs. He's terrified of everything. He was abused by one of her father's other dogs and that's why she got him. Now her new apartment complex won't allow her to have two dogs after telling her she could. So, I am stuck with him. He stays in his crate most of the time. Chewie, my big golden retriever/Chow mix has fought with him a couple times and so now Sherm is terrified of him. Chewie is massive compared to Sherman. When I was taking care of both my daughter's dogs while she was moving between apartments, Chewie would play with her other little dog and he ignored Sherman. Now that Butter is gone all his attention is on Sherman and he does not like it. I have to be really careful to give treats out first to my two big dogs and then to Sherman. Or take Sherman's to him in his crate because sometimes he won't come out. I also have to take him out front to use the bathroom as 90% of the time he won't go out back with the big dogs. He is even afraid around me, cowers when I take his lease off and on, even when I talk to him in a silly voice.

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OutsidePlaying

Amy, you did your best to let the little one thrive in your home. I hope BonBon has found her permanent home.

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DawnInCal

Sounds like a good solution. BonBon just wasn't a good fit for your home and family. I agree that your SO probably reminds her of someone who was mean to her or scared her in some other way. I once had a horse who hate any and all men, yet was a gentle and sweet soul around women and children. I later found out that he had been abused and beaten by the man who tried to train him when he was a young horse. That horse would do anything for me as long as I was gentle. The minute I got impatient or rushed him, he'd become fearful. Animals have long memories.

I hope that things work out for her and that you find a dog that likes both you and your SO.

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PKponder TX Z7B

Amylou, you found her a perfect home. She couldn't be better off than that. Don't feel bad, sometimes it's just not meant to be.

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arkansas girl

Keep us updated on her progress if you don't mind. I have had a few dogs that were given to me that the owner couldn't keep and all were great fits for me. So, sometimes the situation isn't right for a dog and they don't make a good fit for whatever reason. Rehoming is sometimes the best thing for the dog. I think that keeping a dog in the wrong environment doesn't do the dog any favors.


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share_oh

Sounds like a great match for her.

Do you think SO will try again with another dog?

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amylou321

Well, I saw him today. She did NOT like riding in his truck, hid under the seat, and tried to bite him when he went to get her out. She also snapped at their other dog, a pit bull. She never tried to bite us. The pit bull is now scared of her. For now.

However. He assures me that she will be okay. She is already firmly attached to his wife. He showed me a video on his phone. Wherever she goes, BonBon is on her heels. So while she is still fearful, he thinks that after a few weeks she will be right at home. She has already laid claim to a chair in his house, and he is complaining that the wife takes better care of the dogs than she does of him. She still spends most of her time hiding.

Oh and they are keeping her name,although he told me that while his wife calls her BonBon, he feels silly and so will call her by her full name, Bonnie.

Share_oh, probably. We have 4 large dogs that mainly like to stay outside unless we make them come inside. But he really wants a full time house dog. I never know when another pup will show up. He knows I would not turn them away or get mad.

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nickel_kg

The right one will come along someday.

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amylou321

Yes. BonBon was the only one I have ever had that we felt would be happier somewhere else.

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always1stepbehind

Sounds like rehoming is going to work out. You tried and that's what counts :-)

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arkansas girl

Sounds like Bonnie likes women best and is afraid of men.

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Ava

Poor BonBon. Hope she can overcome her fear and live a happy life. You did the best you could for her.

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

There was an article in our local newspaper about a volunteer group that takes shelter dogs out on runs -especially the ones that need retraining due to behavior issues like BonBon's. The theory is that the running burns off excess energy and anxiety, so they are calmer and better able to absorb the training.

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arkansas girl

I agree with that idea raee! It also stimulates their senses. Dogs love to be outside walking or running. It does burn their energy but it also gives them stimulation that they need and cannot get sitting around the house or the kennel. I think most all dogs need that mental stimulation. My dog is so bored acting when she doesn't get her daily dog park and walk.

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Lucille

It would be great if transportation could be set up to unite retired seniors with pound dogs so they could both get in a walk every day.

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