The same fundamentals of exercise, ritual, and trust that form the bedrock of a calm temperament in large and powerful breeds can make a secure and laid back pup of your Chihuahua. The secret is to take your Chihuahua as seriously as she takes herself, affirming in her what is confident while weeding out insecurities that make her anxious and wild.
Teaching your chihuahua to be calm is a matter of changing her outlook on life, and will not happen overnight. However, if you are determined, patient, and understanding your Chihuahua will blossom into a calm, confident dog.
While the principles of training are the same for your Chihuahua as for a large dog, there are distinct differences that must be considered. For one thing, exercising your Chihuahua will be different than exercising a large breed dog. Chihuahuas must trot to keep up with our walk, and if we jog they gallop. This means it takes less to sufficiently exercise them. Chihuahuas must also work harder to earn their place in dog’s social hierarchy since they are so small. They can also be more quickly overwhelmed by an environment that is so much larger than them. It will help you to train your Chihuahua to be calm if you keep in mind all the reasons she might become stressed.
The fundamental tool for training your Chihuahua to be calm will be a well-fitting harness that will not cause harm if she throws her weight against it from any angle. You should also have on hand plenty of yummy little training treats and a few favorite toys. Chew toys are wonderful for relieving stress and are helpful to have on hand. Training tools like a lure on a rope are awesome for burning off energy, while stuffable treat dispensing toys can occupy an overactive mind.
My dog is too calm! Is this normal? She doesn't really play with her toys. Sometimes she follows her ball or chews on some toy, but not even everyday. She for example, can play sometimes by chasing me, but when I try to chase her she doesn't move. She is in her teething stage. She is always sleeping or wants to snuggle all day long with me, that's it. I'm not sure if its because of the quarantine and I'm being lazy so she sees this and acts the same? I'm not sure, she used to be more energetic dog a couple of months ago. Still calm, but more awake and energetic. She used to sometimes bite my shoes a couple of months ago, I used to tell her no, and replace the shoe with a toy. So she doesn't chew on absolutely anything on the house. She used to play with me by biting me like puppies do, and now she doesn't do that anymore. I used a trick I saw online to avoid the puppy biting. So she never plays with me now by trying to bite my hand. She seems more lethargic and sleeps all day long. She starting acting like this after I took her to the vet and he gave her already two shoots. She says she is healthy. I don't understand...
Hello Teresa, Some dogs are simply calmer and more laid back. It can be a personality trait that reveals itself as she ages. She may also respond to other forms of motivation better. Some dogs are food, toy, affection, praise, prey, ect...driven. It can vary from dog to dog what gets them excited. It could be something medical if she acts like she doesn't feel well. There is also an ask a vet a question option on wagwalking. I suggest also asking your question there or consulting your regular vet, to see if it could be something medical going on. https://wagwalking.com/symptom/why-is-my-dog-always-tired If the issue is just motivation, check out Zach George's YouTube channel. He has some good videos on motivating a pup to play fetch or keeping them busy with tricks and commands. https://youtu.be/D-uUQE32FuU Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We originally bought Baby to take away my sister’s asthma, witch worked with the Apple head chihuahua. My sister was young at the time and the dog really took to Me and Mom. She is extremely protective. I was found seizing when I was induced intocoma from in 2011and came home later that year when I came home they wanted her to stay with me at all times, for a few reasons. They knew I was safe with her because if anyone I didn’t know came around she would bark them off or bite their ankels. I do not want children, so she mentoly became my little girl and it upsets me. We just bought Bella, about a year ago a normal chihuahua who is twice Baby’s size and will be a just turned 5. At first when Bella came into the picture things were the same but slowly they started to change. We moved while house was being built with Baby and Bella lived there too, then we moved into our actual house Baby started acting complely different. Stays in her bed most of the time, makes her daily house check, witch is always the same it is odd if she comes to the living room with people now. She does get along with my aunt’s dog now, she didn’t before. She has started barking at people she has known from 3months old kind of weird things. Is it because of Bella? Is there ANY WAY AT ALL I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT???
Hello Ashley, It sounds like Baby might be reacting to all of the changes and possibly have age related issues. The new environment is likely effecting her as much or more than the new dog. Because she is older she could be loosing her vision or struggling with her mental capacity for things like memory, directions, and coping abilities. She probably feels insecure because it's harder for her to handle the changes with her age and to get around in her new location. Spend time leaving trails of small treats or dog food that she likes in rooms she seems afraid of. Have the people she is barking at toss her treats and take things slow with her to help her relax with them again. If she is afraid to walk on certain types of surfaces, put something like rugs down in that hallway or room. Do what you can to simplify her environment for her to help her figure out where she is, how to act, and to feel more secure. If she is able to learn new tricks, teach her simple, fun tricks to build her confidence, bond with you, and improve her mental capacity. You may also want to speak to your vet about evaluating her eye sight and mental state to find out if either of those things are causing her trouble. Keep structure and boundaries for both dogs so that Baby feels like you are in charge of things and she does not have to enforce boundaries or hide. When Baby tolerates Bella's presence nearby and when Bella first walks into the room where Baby is, feed Baby a treat so that she will enjoy Bella's presence more and like her being around. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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