Whether you just brought home your Chihuahua puppy, finally decided to start training your dog or are dealing with a Chihuahua that is constantly misbehaving, this page will get you geared and ready for training.
Different Types of Training
You can sum up Chihuahua training in three categories – with each category serving a different purpose. So let’s take a look at each one:
Trick Training – Trick training is basically when you try to train a Chihuahua a new trick. This type of training is completely optional, but a lot of owners like to train their Chihuahuas a trick or two that they can later show off to their friends.
Obedience Training – Obedience training involves you training your Chihuahua to follow your house rules. This type of training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. Regardless if you’re ready or not, your puppy will start picking up on things he can’t do and things he can get away with.
Behavior Training – If your Chihuahua has already developed some behavior problems then you should start Behavior training as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the close you will be to solving your dog’s behavioral problems..
Consistency in Training
No matter which type of training you are using to train your Chihuahua, there is one simple rule which you must follow at all times and that is being consistent.
If you want your Chihuahua to quickly learn a new trick, obey your house rules or drop a nasty habit you must always be consistent with your rules and expectations.
For example if you don’t want your Chihuahua getting on your furniture, make sure you make it a rule with no exceptions or your dog will never know what to expect. You don’t want your puppy guessing if today is the day he is allowed to get on your couch or if it’s one of the days that he must stay off. You want to make things as clear as possible.
Your Chihuahua wants consistency. It’s much easier to remember and follow rules that don’t change than it is to follow rules that change on a daily basis.
Chihuahuas want to make their owners happy, but it’s sometimes hard to guess for them if what they are doing is what you want them to do. The best way to show your Chihuahua what you expect during training is by using positive reinforcement to reward good behavior.It is also a good way to boost your dog’s confidence level up and encourage him to learn new things.
Now I’m not saying that you should give your Chihuahua a treat for every little good thing he does – a simple praise will do just fine in those instances. You could also use other ways to reward your dog for good behavior. A popular method used by many dog trainers is “clicker training”.
Chihuahua Training Should Be Fun
This is where a lot of owners fail with training; they fail to keep Chihuahua training fun and exciting. Your dog is really good at sensing your mood so you should always stay positive and excited during training to keep it more interesting for your dog.
If you start stressing out, your Chihuahua will quickly pick up on your mood and will associate training sessions with stress and frustrations and will try to avoid training whenever possible.
So if you want your Chihuahua to be eager about training and learning, keep training sessions short, use positive reinforcement and always be consistent!