Posted : 12/28/2008 5:17:46 PM
Currently have 2 chihuahua's right now...the FIRST thing that always clicks in my mind is to check their teeth. This breed is notorious for having weak teeth, even if they're in great shape doesn't mean one isn't broke...this is one thing that will make a happy dog get angry quick.
My chi's teeth are clean, yet, both have lost a tooth to breaking them.
Does your Chi' have issues with luxating patella's, also VERY common with this breed, and winter time can make them cranky in general, because these dogs don't have much hair.
I always end up putting sweater's on my 2, even in the house, as anything below 60F outside and they really can't keep their warmth, even if the house is set at 70, they still feel the chill.
Also, keep in mind, chihuahua's are NOT kid dogs, they do not like kids in general and that's something that your daughter may have to learn her boundries of; it can be worked out. I have 2 nephews that live with me, and they know the chihuahua's are not to be touched, unless they come to them only.
Regarding her 2yrs of age, your daughter, it may take time and that's where you have to come in at. But as long as your dog is given her own space and not hovered over by your daughter, she should settle back in.
Have her teeth thoroughly checked over, they are tiny and hard to look for, but pay particular attention to the top 4th premolar; also have her checked over for knee issues. And, keep her warm, I know in Colorado right now it's warm today and both my chi's are happier too.