Learn How to Train Your Chihuahua and Deal with Angry Chihuahuas
Did you just get a new Chihuahua? Congratulations! Now that you’ve got your new pup, you’re probably wondering what comes next. You’ll want to know how to train your Chihuahua.
These little dogs are great companions. But, they do have their own unique personalities.
Chihuahuas are known for their barking and for their small size. Some of the training tips that you use for other breeds may not work as well with these small animals.
So, if you want to learn how to train your Chihuahua, here a few tips to help you out.
What is the Typical Chihuahua Temperament?
As mentioned, Chihuahuas are known for their barking. But, there’s more to their temperament.
Many people find Chihuahuas to be entertaining, loyal, and quirky. They’re fun little pets. While they do tend to bark a lot, this doesn’t always mean that they’re aggressive. Some Chihuahuas are relatively mellow, while others are a little feisty.
It will take a little while to get to know your Chihuahua and learn more about their temperament. Knowing whether you’re dealing with a confident or nervous Chihuahua can help you with your training. For example, an aggressive Chihuahua may require more repetition during training.
How to Train Chihuahua Puppies
There are 5 basic commands that every puppy should learn. This is the first part of raising an obedient dog. The 5 dog commands that you need to teach your pup include:
- Leave it
Along with these commands, you will need to potty train your pet and you may need to deal with excessive barking. Start with the potty training and then start working on the barking – if necessary.
How to Potty Train a Chihuahua
So, how do you potty train a Chihuahua? With patience. You won’t get your Chihuahua house broken during the first day or two.
Chihuahuas are small animals, so don’t give them free reign over your entire house. Block off rooms and keep them confined to the same room as you. For example, if you spend most of your time in your living room, then block access to all other rooms.
Blocking off these rooms with gates will help you keep an eye on your puppy. If they spend time sniffing around the gates, then they may need to go outside.
How often will your puppy need to go outside? This will vary. Generally, your puppy will need to pee after they wake from a nap or after they’ve played – or after they’ve eaten.
If none of these events occur, you should still take your pup outside every two hours. So, every two hours, or after they finish doing anything, you should take them outside.
When you take your dog outside and they go pee or poop, you should praise your pet and feed him a treat.
What should you do when your dog pees or poops inside? If you don’t catch him in the act, then you won’t do anything – other than clean up the pee or poo.
If you see one and not the other, such as pee and no poo, then take them outside. They may still need to do the other.
You should only scold your puppy for peeing or pooping if you see them do it. Then, take them outside and give them the chance to pee or poo outside.
If you continue to do this, praising them for going outside and scolding for catching them going inside, then they’ll begin to learn the difference.
Due to their size, some pet owners may decide to potty train their Chihuahua on a potty pad. This can be useful, especially if you’re gone during the day. But, potty pad training requires a few extra steps. The following video will walk you through the process:
Dealing with an Angry Chihuahua
Just because your Chihuahua is barking constantly doesn’t mean that they are an angry Chihuahua. Learning to recognize the reason for the bark can help you determine how best to get them to stop. Chihuahuas bark for many reasons, including:
- To assert their dominance
- Out of boredom
- When they are excited
- When they are scared
- To get your attention
Those are a few reasons why your Chihuahua may appear angry. If your Chihuahua is barking excessively, then try to determine their needs. They could be letting you know that they want to play or go outside.
If they’re barking for a reason other than to play or go outside, then you will want to take steps to curb their barking. This can be accomplished with the same steps as potty training. You’ll need to let your dog know what they should be doing instead of barking.
To do this, you’ll redirect their attention. When they bark, get them to sit and then give them praise when they sit without barking. Eventually, they will make the correlation between not barking and getting praise.
Are There Any Special Chihuahua Care Tips?
Your Chihuahua may require some special care. This includes proper nutrition, grooming, and exercise.
When it comes to nutrition, your Chihuahua should have fresh water available at all times. As for the food, you’ll need to monitor your puppy and determine how much food he eats.
With some dogs, you can simply leave a bowl of food out and allow the dog to eat as needed. But, some dogs may eat more than they should, which can have a negative impact on their health.
The amount of food needed will increase as they develop. Though, this will vary. The average adult Chihuahua will need between a ¼ cup and ¾ cup of dry dog food each day.
The grooming needs of your Chihuahua will depend on whether they have long or short hair. Short hair Chihuahuas don’t need a lot of grooming. They will just need their nails trimmed regularly. You should also check their ears for buildup, to prevent infections.
If you have a long hair Chihuahua, regular brushing can help keep their hair from matting. Their hair is fine and is relatively easy to comb.
You should also make sure that your Chihuahua gets exercise. They have a lot of energy and they need an outlet. So, play with your Chihuahua. But, keep in mind that Chihuahuas are fragile.
Keep these tips in mind as you learn how to train your Chihuahua. These little energetic dogs can be delightful, but they do have special needs. Remember to be careful when playing and pay attention to their food intake. If you’ve got any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment.