– In speaking of adult Chihuahuas that are rehomed, this is a whole new ballgame. It can be very hard for a dog to transition into a new home. And this is so even if a shelter dog is being brought into a loving home that offers so much more than what was found at the shelter.
Owners can get a little taken aback when an adopted, rescue dog immediately does not seem happy or does not seem to welcome love and attention.
What to do
– Again, while we do have a list of ways to bond with a Chihuahua up ahead, do know that a transitionary phase for rescued dogs is completely normal. Many rescues have been through a lot, not just physically, but emotionally as well. For some, a close-knit loving home is not even recognized because it has never existed in that dog’s world before.
As the Chihuahua settles in, he will start to learn that he is indeed safe. Once he is confident in that safety, his shyness
may fade and he will often start taking small brave steps in the right direction. Do have rules that you expect to be followed in regard to house training, chewing, etc., and then do have patience.
Also, know that some rescued Chihuahua may never live up to certain ideals. Your Chi may learn to interact well with you but may shake
when in big crowds. Or he may snuggle by your feet but may also need to retreat sometimes to his bed (or for some dogs, even ‘hiding places’ such as closets, etc.
As always, know what choices you find acceptable and then allow your Chihuahua the freedom to choose.