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Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (Xolitzcuintla) by Amy Fernandez
Xoloitzcuintli - (Xolitzcuintla or Mexican Hairless)
people want to start with a puppy, just as most hopeful parents want to adopt an infant. They want to
enjoy and guide their little one through the first shaky steps.
There is no such thing as an ugly pup, and
new “parents” wish to cuddle and hold their bouncing bundle. Second-timers
realize the joys of parenthood are tempered by puddles and
nighttime yowls. An adult is often housebroken and trained in the niceties
of doggie manners. It can stay by itself for a longer period and is through with
teething. Moreover, what you see is what you get. No suprises.
a dog becomes available when it does not turn out to be
a sensational show winner, but it still can excel at winning hearts. Now
and then an overflow causes a breeder to seek a good home for a retiree
who is no longer able to be shown or bred. A kennel owner might feel Old Magic deserves to spend
the rest of her life in the luxury of a one-dog home, receiving all the attention of doting owners
rather than having to
share the pats.
don’t like the name the breeder gave her; can I change it?
may call her whatever you want as a nickname; however, you must use her complete registered name whenever you participate
in any activities that are under the jurisdiction of the kennel club,
such as breeding, showing, or selling her.
UKC does allow a name change until the dog has attained a title or whelped or
sired a litter.
dogs are often less active and require smaller meals with less protein.
Sometimes they prefer having their portions divided into two or three snacks,
rather than the full banquets they enjoyed as youngsters.
Health changes such as heart disease or kidney problems must
be considered. Softened food may be needed for a dog who has lost
your “golden oldie” has lost her appetite, you may try to spark it
up a bit by heating her meal or adding a sprinkle of garlic powder or some other
goody she adores. Watch her figure and consult your vet if you notice a severe weight loss or too
many extra pounds.
I paper-train first?
situations may make paper training more convenient: if you live
in a twentieth-floor apartment or if you are away from home all day.
Otherwise, there is no need, and this only causes you to train twice.
If you decide to paper-train, confine your pet to a small area or room. Cover part of the floor with several layers of newspaper. When it is soiled, strip off and dispose of the top layers, leaving only the very bottom paper. This emits a slight scent noticeable only to the dog and encourages her to return to the same spot. Gradually decrease the area covered by papers until your dog is completely dependable.
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