Chihuahuas are tiny dogs. They bond best with an adult family member
The Chihuahua Dog is best suited for a lifestyle that is maintained indoors as they need an environment that is temperature controlled.
In warm weather or climates the Chihuahua requires air-conditioning to assist with breathing but then in cold weather or climates they will require heat due to the fact their small bodies are not able to retain their body heat very well.
Temperament of the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua’s characteristics include:
The Chihuahua’s temperament makes it a good choice for family’s without small children.
They frequently are possessive of the family member they have bonded with. Through good training by positive reinforcement and consistent interaction the Chihuahua can be taught important social behaviors.
The best Chihuahua dog training will include the following
- Positive reinforcement
- Social interaction
- Use of harness instead of leash
- Proper exercise
- Crate training
- Potty training
Chihuahuas respond best to positive reinforcement and should not be harshly treated.
Taking your dog on walks and allowing interaction with other people and other dogs can be a great way to train your Chihuahua to develop good behavior. A harness should be used around the dog instead of a leash when taking walks. Obedience training will take a lot of persistence to accomplish with the Chihuahua.
Crate training should be provided for small dogs like the Chihuahua.
Potty training the Chihuahua can be a very difficult task. This is often a difficult task with other breeds also but the extra challenge with the Chihuahua has to do with the size of the dog. They are so small; they can easily get behind a piece of furniture and go potty even before you know what they have done. This often means they have developed a habit of going in the house and now you have a habit to break. Providing consistent potty training is vital to the success with a Chihuahua.
It is also important, when potty training the Chihuahua that you keep them pinned up using a crate or gates to keep them from wandering in your home and having an accident before you know it.
Three methods to potty train a Chihuahua:
- Litter box
Due to the fact that during cold weather the small Chihuahua will not want to go outside and actually due to the small size the cold outside weather could be harmful to the dog, litter box training has gained popularity.
Regardless of the method of potty training you choose the process of training will remain the same. You should take the dog to the potty area you have designated at several different times during the day such as:
- First thing in the morning
- After the dog eats or drinks
- After play time
- After napping
- Before bedtime
It is this repetition that helps your Chihuahua to understand this is something you want them to do and that it is important. As with other types of training, praise is also very important with potty training.
These dogs require a lot of exercise despite their small size. Daily walks that are rather short should provide appropriate exercise. The walks will also keep your dog happy and fulfill their desire to travel also.
Following these training tips will allow the Chihuahua to be a favored and satisfied companion in your home.