The best time to start training your Chihuahua is at an early age. You can still train an adult Chihuahua dog, but you will have a much easier time while they are still young. So with this particular breed start obedience training early to prevent bad behavior before it even begins.
What is Obedience Training
Obedience training is essentially training your Chihuahua your house rules and establishing your role as the “Pack Leader”. If you want a predictable and well behaved dog on your hands then you can’t neglect obedience training. You will be teaching your dog to follow the set rules and commands and also showing your Chihuahua your expectations.
Examples of some of the “rules” that owners teach their dogs include things like:
- Staying off Furniture
- Not dashing out the door
- Greeting guests with all four paws on the floor (no jumping!)
- Going potty outdoors, not indoors
- No begging or whining for table scraps
- No barking
… and so on.
Why Chihuahua Obedience Training Is Important
Chihuahuas start to learn things from the moment they enter your home. If you aren’t training good behavior from the start, they are bound to pick up a few bad habits right off the bat.
It is important that you start teaching your Chihuahua obedience from a very early age. Setting up good behavior while they are still young puppies will give you more control over training throughout their whole lives.
Through obedience training, you are also showing the puppy that you fit the role of the “pack leader”. Since all dogs are “pack” animals, it’s important that you display the same qualities that an alpha dog would – and being the one to guide your dog throughout his life is a great way to do that.
Well Adjusted Chihuahua is a Happy Chihuahua
A Chihuahua dog that is well adjusted in the family and knows the rules quite clearly is a much happier dog and tends to worry a lot less. You don’t want your puppy to be constantly guessing if what he is doing is right or wrong.
Your want your dog to know his role in the family and understand what you expect of him. Your reward will be a much happier, calmer and predictable dog that strives to please his or her owner.