One of the most common breed of dogs in the United States is
the adorable Chihuahua. Unfortunately many owners never take the time
to discover ways to train a Chihuahua properly; assuming these small dogs
cannot get into much trouble because they are so small. Even so, a Chihuahua,
though small and adorable, is probably one of the more aggressive dog
breeds, and they can be incredibly stubborn when it comes to following
commands. Proper coaching can be time intensive and should start
as early as possible when they are a puppy.
What You Need to Know
A Chihuahua's temperament is unique in many ways. First, the
dog will be absolutely pleased just enjoying all of its time with you.
As companion dogs, Chihuahuas are carefully bred to be connected at the
hip to their owner wherever they go. Even so, that attachment can also
lead to dominant behaviors and when these dogs are not properly socialized
with other dogs and people, there are several aggression issues:
- they behave larger than they appear, which while very adorable
and sometimes even entertaining, can be quite dangerous if your dog is
not trained properly
- can be standoffish with strangers
- can get aggressive toward other dogs
- snappy with children
- overly jumpy to noises outside.
Fortunately all of these behaviors can be controlled with good, early
The Best Way to Train a Chihuahua
First thing you have to do when training a Chihuahua is to take control of
the household. Contrary to popular belief, that adorable little dog thinks
he looks after the house and will do whatever he needs to do to show you
that is true, if you let him. Here are some important basics when training
1. You must establish limitations and be the leader of the pack.
2. Feeding Times - feed your Chihuahua at set intervals. Never let the dog
determine when it wants to eat. This seems trivial, but it shows the
dog who makes the decisions in the household, and that he needs to conform.
3. Walking - walk your Chihuahua two times a day or more, but be sure to
control the walk. Do not let the dog pull or dictate the direction you
are going to go. When training a Chihuahua, leash
control is vital.
3. Bouncing and Furnishings - With a tiny dog like a
Chihuahua, you can easily let the dog get up on furniture whenever it
wants. However, control of your space is important to imposing limitations. Never respond
to barking or whining and set restrictions on what furnishings the dog
4. Entering and Exiting - overlook your dog when you come
and go from the house. Only take notice of the Chihuahua when it reaches
a calm, relaxed state.
To truly educate a Chihuahua, you need to
be the alpha leader, or the dog will always feel he is in charge.
Improving Mental Stimulation
A Chihuahua can be worn-out quickly enough, but the majority
of these dogs still do not get enough exercise or emotional stimulation.
How many people play fetch or go to dog parks with a little dog like that?
Coach your Chihuahua with basic commands like sit and stay, speak and
quiet, fetch, and anything else you like.
With regards to learning the best way to educate a Chihuahua,
reducing the chances for the dog to challenge you and to be overwhelmed
with energy and boredom will remove much of the bad personality issues
that most of us have with regards to their rambunctious nature.
Like any dog, the Chihuahua can be trained; it just
takes a lot of patience and creativity on the part of the owner, when
teaching the dog. The trainer must also understand the temperament of
a Chihuahua in order to successfully teach the dog the basic commands
and various tricks.
Chihuahuas may be petite dogs, but they actually
have a big, strong character. In fact, Chihuahuas have the ability to
control a home and its master which is the reason proper training it is
very important. When you teach this dog, it helps to ensure his training
in obeying you instead of manipulating you around to what he wants.
Another benefit of dog training is that you strengthen your bond with
your pet; thereby, ensuring his loyalty to you as long as he lives.
Chihuahuas are intelligent, energetic and lively in nature.
They love physical activities and those that stimulate their brain. Since
training involves both of these elements, Chihuahuas warmly embrace it
given the proper handling and encouragement. Of course, rewards and constant
praise should never be forgotten because they are crucial in enticing
these headstrong canines to do the things you want them to do.
What to Teach Your Chihuahua
When training Chihuahuas, owners should keep in mind that
patience is absolutely essential. Avoid training when you're tired or
angry. Take it just one step at a time and be sure to keep your treats
ready before you start your lessons. In the home, it's important that
the Chihuahua is potty trained at an early stage.
The basic commands should not be ignored. These include:
- roll over
You can put your dog on a table
while teaching these commands as it can be tiring if you have to bend
all the time.
Crate training is also recommended. This should teach
them the right place to poop in the house. See to it that you bring the puppy
to the box after eating, waking up or whenever you see him circling. You can
use newspapers as well, but be sure to change the used ones.
How to Handle Your Chihuahua
The number one rule in handling Chihuahuas is to always be gentle with
Remember not to use choke collars on a Chihuahua as their necks can easily
get hurt. A good option is to use the flat buckle collar or harness to
protect its trachea.
Exercise should be a priority and if possible, it must
be done on a daily basis. However, it may not need long walks as this
breed is already energetic in nature so running around an apartment is
usually enough exercise for the dog.
If you want to take your small dog for a walk during
cold weather, be sure to let him wear a sweater as toy breeds are usually
very sensitive to cold temperatures. Avoid taking your Chihuahua out
when the temperature is below 35 degrees. Never allow
your Chihuahua to jump from a high place as he might hurt his joints
due to the landing impact. Joint disorders and fractures are among the
common problems of this breed; therefore, the need for careful