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Review of “The Ultimate Chihuahua Care Handbook”

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Ultimate Chihuahua Care Handbook by Michael J. Warren is a very useful guide for chihuahua care. This review covers the second edition.

It starts out with a description and brief history of the chihuahua along with some basic information. It’s interesting, though not a necessity in a care handbook. Still, there are some useful tips included in this section, such as the need to keep the dogs warm during the winter months (if you live in a cold climate).

The next section covers the characteristics and temperament of the chihuahua which can be useful for understanding your dog’s behavior.

In the following section, we get to the actual care of your chihuahua. This section is pretty thorough, covering bathing, exercising, feeding, grooming and nail care. As you would expect, these are written specifically for the chihuahua’s particular needs and temperament. It’s not just generic dog advice!

And, yes, chihuahuas do love cheese!

Next, is the health section. This is a very good section covering the particular health needs and problems of chihuahuas. Again, this isn’t generic dog advice presented as being for chihuahuas too! This is advice specifically for chihuahuas, covering everything from their trachea issues to knee problems.

The next two sections cover review who may make a good owner of a chihuahua and the pros and cons of having a chihuahua. If you don’t have a chihuahua and are on the fence whether or not one is right for you, these sections can definitely assist you in making that decision.

The next section covers housebreaking. Unlike other sections, this section seems like generic dog training advice. And, I’m not necessarily sure I agree with it. The crate training method never worked with either Little One or Little Too. It just turned out… badly. Paper training, which the handbook advised against, seemed to work better. Of course, the difference may be in using puppy pads rather than newspaper. The puppy pads are supposed to have a scent that make training easier. As such, it was easier to teach them to use the pads than any other method.

There is also a short section on breeding, which may be useful if you are interested in breeding your chihuahua. It gives a good overview, but you would probably need a more extensive guide if this is something you’re really interested in doing.

The remainder of the book gives some additional chihuahua facts and discusses some common myths about chihuahuas. There are also some chihuahua rescue resources.

Overall, it’s an informative guide and a good deal. To learn more about The Ultimate Chihuahua Care Handbook, click here to visit their website.

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How Not to Spell Chihuahua

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

This is how to spell Chihuahua: C H I H U A H U A.

The Chihuahua was first found in Mexico, in the state of Chihuahua. That’s where it got its name.

Thus, to non-Spanish speaking people, it may be confusing as to how to spell the name because of the “hua” formation, which is pronounced as “wa” or “wah”. That leads some people to spell “Chihuahua” as “Chiwawa.” Or even “Chiwahwah.”

For whatever reason, some people think there is an extra “a” in there, and want to spell it as “Chiawawa” or even “Chiawahwah.” Probably for the same reason Tijuana is often misspelled as “Tiajuana.”

It is also not spelled “Cheewawa” or “Chewawa.” Some people have watched too much Star Wars, evidently! Or maybe that’s because there is also a Chihuahua cheese (queso chihuahua). No, it’s not made out of Chihuahua milk; it’s made from cow milk but, like the Chihuahua, the cheese originated in Chihuahua, Mexico. Nonetheless, Chihuahua is not spelled “Cheewawa.”

Some people, recognizing that the “j” in Spanish is pronounced as an “h,” may spell it as “Chijuajua,” which is still not correct.

Still others will be close, guessing “Chihuhua” or “Chihuahu” or even “Chiahuhua.” Close, but no cigar. Sorry.

The correct spelling is “Chihuahua.” Trust us, or we’ll send the crazy chihuahua out to bite your ankles!

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Chihuahua with Glasses

Friday, October 14th, 2005

A Chihuahua with glasses–does that sound like a ridiculous statement? Yes of course it does but guess what, it is true. While most Chihuahua owners know all about the cute dresses, jackets, shoes, and hats, few know that you can actually buy glasses for Chihuahuas and other dog breeds. There are actually manufacturers that design and develop special glasses to protect a Chihuahua’s eyes.

Years of research has shown us that spending long hours in the sun without having proper eye protection is a sure way of increasing the risk of developing eye disease. Since some people take their Chihuahuas with them everywhere, exposing them to strong UV rays, special doggie sunglasses have been created. These Chihuahua sunglasses are UV absorbent and designed as what they call “sungoggles,” which is a cross of sunglass and goggle.

In fact, this is such a serious business that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has even formed very specific standards for both UVA and UVB protection in the development of these “sungoggles.” That means each pair must be capable of blocking a minimum of 50% UV rays before they are determined saleable.

Now keep in mind that some of these Chihuahua sungoggles are very expensive but they do not have to be. There are many brands on the market today that are actually quite affordable. Therefore, before dishing out significant money, simply read the label, looking for sungoggles for your pet that can block more than 50% UVA and UVB radiation. Because some of these glasses are made in other countries, the equivalent in metric numbers would be 400nm, which would be 100% absorption of UV rays.

The problem is that some Chihuahuas have an eye disease known a Pannus. These dogs should most definitely stay out of the bright sun, which can cause pain and further problem with the disease. In this case, buying the Chihuahua a pair of sungoggles is an excellent way of protecting the eyes from UV radiation. Now, while it might seem strange to see a Chihuahua with glasses, with all of the designer clothes, little booties, raingear, and other apparel for this breed, glasses should be expected.

Most of these sunglasses are made from polycarbonate, which is shatterproof. Additionally, the lenses are fog-proof to keep the sun as well as debris and wind out of the dog’s eyes. The design is a wrap-around frame so the eyes are completely enclosed. The glasses also come with adjustable elastic straps so the glasses stay on comfortably and securely. The design looks much like a swimmer’s goggle and on a Chihuahua, is absolutely adorable while also being functional.

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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Buying Chihuahua Clothes

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Okay…dressing Chihuahua dogs up in clothing is fun and if you have seen the market today, there are literally thousands of outfits from which to choose. If you want to take your pet to a Halloween party, no problem, just choose a cat costume, pumpkin costume, or even wicked witch costume.

Now, if you are taking your dog to a social event, then perhaps a formal gown, tuxedo, silk coat, or tutu would be more in order. Then for people living in cold weather regions, their precious puppy might wear a sweatshirt, raincoat, or perhaps a designer sweater. The options go on and on and as you begin your search for Chihuahua clothes, you will be amazed at the massive selection you find.

The truth is, when it comes to Chihuahua clothes, people spend a fortune. Okay, you might be asking, “Doesn’t this bother the dog?” While you might think so, most Chihuahua’s love the limelight so dressing up to hear people say “ooh and ah” is not a problem. In fact, many Chihuahuas will hold their head up high with pride. Some people say dogs could care less but you try telling that to the Chihuahuas that wear clothes.

Keep in mind that the Chihuahua breed often shakes because it is cold. At night time, this breed will cuddle deep under the covers as a means of staying warm, even in the middle of summer. Therefore, providing your pet with a warm sweatshirt or sweater actually makes it more comfortable. Additionally, if you buy quality clothing, it is made just as well as human clothing so it fits perfectly, providing ample arm and neck room.

In addition to outfits, you will also find shoes and hats for Chihuahuas. If your little one needs to make a trip outside during the winter, you can protect the feet with a pair of leather booties. You will find hundreds of great websites on the internet to buy your Chihuahua clothing or if you prefer, you can have them custom made or learn to sew them yourself. You will even find patterns on the website so you can pick and choose the styles you like and then have fun being creative.

Chihuahua clothing is typically not expensive although if you choose designer clothes it can be costly. One of the best options is to check out online auctions such as eBay where you will find great prices and great selection! After all, every Chihuahua should look great and have a way of showing off his or her character!

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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Tips for Chihuahua Training

Monday, October 10th, 2005

When you bring your new Chihuahua puppy home, one of the first things you will need to do, after giving it lots of love of course, is to housebreak it. Although a daunting task for any dog owner, this is something that must take priority. Unfortunately, housebreaking a Chihuahua can be a challenge in that they are not the easiest breed to train. However, do not let that deter you from buying a Chihuahua because the time invested is worth owning this particular breed.

We recommend you avoid paper training or using commercially made training pads. The reason is that this method of housebreaking is usually advertised as being easy and successful when in fact, it only teaches your Chihuahua puppy that tinkling in the house is permitted. Therefore, we suggest you use other methods, which are proven to be far more successful.

A better option is to use crate training, which is safe and best of all, it works. By using crate training, you will soon have your Chihuahua puppy sleeping throughout the night instead of making messes. The key however is to be very patient while providing your puppy with lots of love and support. In addition, you will need to establish a schedule to work with your puppy’s body, not against it.

If you have purchased a small puppy, you need to remember that they have very tiny bladders and simply cannot hold it for long periods. Now, if you have purchased an older Chihuahua or one from a rescue that is not housebroken, you can still be successful. For this, you will probably need to be more patient and above all, consistent.

For the schedule in both cases, start by taking your Chihuahua outdoors at 7:00 a.m. Then, feed the dog inside the crate about 15 minutes later. Sometime around 7:45 a.m., take another outdoor potty break and again around 11:45. Around noon, feed your puppy, again in the crate and take it outside to potty around 12:45. Typically, your Chihuahua (even adults) will take a nap. Provide soft bedding and a few safe toys inside the crate, close the door, and allow your pet to rest for about an hour.

Then sometime around 2:30 and again at 4:30, you need to make trips outdoors. At 5:00, you will again feed your pet in its crate, always making sure it has clean water. At 5:30, you are back outside. For the next couple of hours, let the Chihuahua rest, go for a short walk, play with it, and just enjoy bonding time. Then around 7:30, take the water out of the crate for the night. Your last trip of the night outside would be around 8:30 and then bedtime at 9:30.

As you can see, training your Chihuahua requires dedication on your part but within a few weeks (and sometimes months), it will all come together. As your puppy matures, the time required to go outside will diminish. Once your Chihuahua has been housebroken, you can then move it to your bed for sleeping, which is what most people do. After all, Chihuahuas love snuggling underneath warm covers!

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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