Chihuahua training is really important, because as sweet as your Chi is, you have to show him whose boss or he’ll walk all over you (and those little feet can be pretty messy sometimes).
Chihuahua training can be a real challenge, I will give some information on what you need to know to train a Chihuahua and my personal observations as a Chihuahua Breeder.
Training any of the small dog breeds takes perserverance and it’s not for the lazy dog owner. Which is why some Chi and other Toy owners give up and decide not train them at all (except for the potty training, which becomes a necessity).
So you think it’s OK to not train your Chihuahua, afterall you can easily pick him up if he gets out of control?
Corey Ford said:
"Every dog should have a man of his own. There is nothing like a well-behaved person around the house to spread the dog's blanket for him, or bring him his supper when he comes home man-tired at night."
NOT! Chihuahuas need the right guidance to grow up into a well liked and even tempered dog.
They need to be socialized and trained and you need to start it early.
Starting this early socialization is a priority to me as a breeder, all puppies from Patz Dogs receive this training.
What You Need To Know About Chihuahua Training
Here’s what you need to know in order to train your Chi:
Begin training the very first day you get him. The first training lesson is Chihuahua potty training, either outside or litter box Learn about Litter Box Training.
As soon as they are successfully housebroken, you can start teaching him other commands.
When teaching commands you need to do so effectively:
Start him in a quiet area of your home where there are no distractions
Provide him with treats and plenty of praise when he follows your commands, this keeps him happy and lets him know he’s pleasing you (very important for these little guys).
Keeping training sessions short, then they won’t get bored and lose attention
Chihuahua Training Requires Persistence
When you train be persistent:
Don’t let your guard down for a moment. Your small Chi will try every trick in the book to ignore you, not follow your command or encourage you to play instead of teach. You must show your dog who’s boss.
Use one-word commands. Don’t confuse your dog when teaching a command by giving him a phrase or short sentence. For example, instead of saying “Come here”, say in a firm, gentle tone “Come” followed by your dog’s name.
Use a voice of authority when giving commands - Your dog needs to know you mean business when giving a command. Give all commands in a firm voice, in a tone slightly louder than normal.
Never aggressively discipline your dog while you are teaching him...keep it gentle but firm. If he doesn’t follow your instructions, tell him “No” gently, and don’t give him a treat. Then start from the beginning, and take it slower until he understands.
Praise and treat him for coming to you, after all he followed the command,even if it takes him a while.
You want your dog to associate the action as a good thing.
After housebreaking, the second command you should begin with is “Sit”, followed by “Stay”, “Come” and “Down”.
Once your dog has successfully mastered all of these basic commands, it’s then up to you whether or not you would like to teach him more.
All commands you teach must be constantly reinforced until he understands them easily.
My personal observations about this awesome little dog.
A Chihuahua is a proud and intelligent animal that usually responds to positive reinforcement and praise. A Chihuahua will not respond well at all to punishment and any punishment may create unwanted and habitual aggressive behavior.
A Chihuahua absolutely thrives on attention, but they can be stubborn and defiant as well. Don’t let them get away with bad behavior.
They will continue to repeat it, and when reprimanded look at you with those big beautiful Chi eyes that say “don‘t you love me anymore?“
Of course you do, you know you do, or why would you continue with your Chihuahua Training Ordeal
TRUST ME don’t fall for it!
After all I've said here, I will add I adore the Chihuahua and thats why I choose to become a Chihuahua Breeder.