Weeks 5 to 8 –
This is a time of rapid growth and rapid learning. It is known as the transitional puppy stage. Chihuahua puppies, at this age, are trying to process the world around them.
New scents, sights and noises bring out the explorer! It is common for a dog to mouth everything in order to figure out, “What is this?”, so it is very important to proof the home to make it safe.
It is suggested to go over all flooring every day, looking for small objects that may have been inadvertently dropped. This means everything from a piece of paper to a key and so forth.
8 Weeks Old –
Most certainly the most important time in a Chihuahua’s life. It is at this age that he or she will be going to their new home.
While this is a very exciting time for a new owner, it can be a very overwhelming time for a little pup. It is very important to try to make this transition as smooth as possible. On the
breeder's/seller’s end, the following should have been done
- All paperwork in order (Purchase & Sale, Health Guarantee)
- 2 days’ worth of food and blanket or other cloth element with the dam’s scent given to new owner
On the buyer’s end, the following should have been done:
- Purchased a one month supply of whatever food the breeder/owner has been feeding to the Chihuahua pup (even if a change is desired, it must be gradual)
- Have honey on hand (in case of hypoglycemia)
- Have chew toys, a properly sized quality canine bed, leash, collar (or harness – recommended), food and water bowls (plastic is NOT recommended, it can cause staining, ceramic or stainless steel is best)
- Have a veterinarian chosen (preferably one who has experience with the Chihuahua breed)
3 Months to 4 Months Old –
This will be the most intense time of the teething phase. Don’t worry, it will be over soon! Be sure to have plenty of chew toys. Also, keep ice cubes in your freezer at all times…
If your Chihuahua is having extreme discomfort, offer one for him or her to play with on a linoleum or tile floor, the cold will ease the gums and the sliding “toy” will be a good distraction.
4 Months to 8 Months –
This is the Puppy Independence stage. During this time, with you will notice rapid growth
physically; your dog’s mind will be expanding as well!
So much is learned during this time. Training is in full force, both for house training and for commands. Your Chihuahua will be learning the names, voices and faces of various friends and family…He or she will be learning their daily schedule and will be testing you to see what they can or cannot get away with!