Misty was my mom's shadow. She followed her everywhere and waited for her when she was gone (at the front door on the bathroom door, lol). Almost all of my mom's daily routines involved Misty and with her being retired and not really having interests that could get her out of the house we decided to get a new puppy. We knew we made the right decision when my brother brought over his dog for us to puppy sit and mom enjoyed his kisses and hugs just as she did when Misty was alive. Misty was a black German Sheppard so we choose a dog completely different because we were not trying to replace Misty, just bring another fur-baby into our lives.
So here is Peanut!
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She is an eight-week old Chihuahua/Fox Terrier mix. My mom always wanted a lap dog, something small she could pick up and cuddle anytime she wanted so I did the searching and found this little girl. She has been an absolute joy to have and we do not regret our decision.
My family has always had big dogs, almost all German Sheppards, so if anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it!! I'm going to buy Cesar Millan's book today, Raising the Perfect Puppy, because I've never had such a big role to play in the raising of a puppy. My dad always maintained control of the dogs but it was with a strick, dominant attitude. His methods worked but I think for a powerful breed like a German Sheppard that's fine. I want to use techniques that are positive and will create a happy, balanced dog. Mom's not a disciplinarian, she's all love, love, love, lol, so I'll be the one training the puppy. I don't want to focus on tricks but on proper walking on a leash, good social skills at dog parks or off-leash (we had one dog that bolted if the front door was open and my brother's dog is like that, I never want to live with that fear again), good manors at mealtimes (human ones), discouraging incessant barking and safe interactions with my cats. Oh and house training is high on the list too, lol.
I've looked up both breeds but with her being so young and a mix I'm not sure what breed characteristics she'll have. Fox terriers like to dig but I don't want her to dig in the wrong places so maybe I should provide a spot for her to dig in (maybe she can help me garden next spring :p), Chihuahua's can be territorial and protective (I read a pack of three defended their 3 yr old master from a mountain lion!). I just love the idea of providing a challenge to their genetic hard-wiring, like taking herding dogs to sheep handlers who'll let them exercise herding sheep, or trackers nose with hiding treats. Ok, I'm looking farther down the road but does anyone know what kind of behaviours I might see in her and what activities would be good for her?
I'll load more pictures when I can but most of them come out blurry because she doesn't sit still!