When a puppy is born their eyes are closed – they do not open until about 3 weeks.
A puppy does not begin trying to walk until as early as 2 weeks and as late as 5 weeks old – They do not automatically know how to walk, they stumble and fall down just like toddlers do.
Out of the 5 senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing and seeing, a puppy first experiences touch.
At about 6 weeks old, a dam will start encouraging her pups to venture out and slowly become more independent.
Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull called the molera, which closes up as they grow. Puppies sleep 90% percent of the day for their first few weeks. 8 week olds (the average age that one goes to their new home) can sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
When you are choosing a puppy from a litter, do not choose the most energetic one and do not choose the one who is the most quiet…Choose one that falls in the middle.
If you have a mixed puppy and do not know what to expect, you can look at his or her feet…Those will large paws most often tend to grow into good sized adults.
Puppy Facts about Feeding
Puppies need to eat 3 times a day, until they are about 8 months to 1 year old. Then, an owner should go down to 2 meals a day….When they become an adult, they can be fed 1 meal a day.
Dogs should not eat cat food; it is very unhealthy for them.
It is not a good idea to leave trash out where a dog can reach it. Many foods that we throw away can be toxic to them.
Raw carrots make a great, healthy, wholesome snack.
An owner can begin giving their puppy a bath at 8 weeks old. It is recommended to do this a clean kitchen sink….If just a few inches of water is added first, it can help him or her not be afraid of the sound.
When picking up a young puppy, a person should place 1 hand under their rump and the other supporting the chest….with the puppy’s arms and paws hanging over the 2nd hand.