One of the most important aspect of proper Chihuahua care is understanding the limitations of this breed in regard to physical activity. Here are some great tips to keep your puppy or dog safe and healthy:
While a daily walk is important to allow a pup to release pent up energy and is fantastic for socialization purposes, puppies should not be over-exercised during the 1st year. Too much exertion during this time can interfere with growth plates. A daily walk - once all puppy shots have been given - for 20 to 30 minutes per day (or 2 shorter walks) is advised.
This breed should not be allowed to jump from heights. A good rule of thumb is to not allow your Chihuahua to jump down from any height more than 2 feet (.6 meters). Injury to the hips or knees can occur.
3) Senior Chihuahua dogs sh
ould have ramps for reaching sofas or other areas of comfort to prevent injury.
This breed - as with most - does not do well in very hot weather or very cold weather. During hot summer
months, limit outdoor activity to early mornings or later in the evening as the sun prepares to set. Be aware of surfaces such as hot pavements.
Staying in the shade or implementing dog shoes can protect the paws. Since this breed can be sensitive to seasonal allergies, wash off the paws and limbs before entering back into the home if the dog has been on the grass.
Take note of any panting - a sign of over-exertion - seeking rest in the shade along with cool water.
During the winter, a Chihuahua may enjoy playing in the snow, but do limit this time to about 20 minutes. When walking in the wintertime, be aware of ice melt chemicals that are often sprayed by city municipal services along roadways.
These compounds can cause chemical burn to the paws. Boots can be worn for protection or paw wax can be used. Washing the paws with warm water after coming back into the house can help as well.
Never allow your Chihuahua to go off-leash unless in a safe, enclosed yard. This breed is notorious for finding small weaknesses in fencing and escaping in the blink of an eye. Always maintaining an on-leash policy also prevents roadway dangers and close encounters with unknown dogs.