Your Chihuahua needs to obey you because you are the leader of his pack. It takes some time and commitment to train a Chihuahua to be obedient, but it can be done. Not only can you do it, but it is important you train your Chihuahua to be obedient because it will set the tone of your relationship, give your Chihuahua boundaries, and set him on a path to be a well-mannered, social dog. Having a social dog who is obedient will be much more fun than having an aggressive Chihuahua who doesn’t listen, comes across as mean, or isn’t socialized enough to bother with good behavior. Training your Chihuahua to be obedient is the first step in having a well-rounded pet who tolerates other animals, listens to you, and doesn’t react in an aggressive manner.
One common factor in dog training, especially with dogs who have typical stubborn attitudes, is positive rewards in the form of food. Getting your Chihuahua to obey your commands and follow your rules will start with basic obedience training and high-value rewards. You need to make your Chihuahua want to obey your commands. Make training worth his time by keeping his attention with high-value treats and play. Your Chihuahua, older in age or a puppy, will enjoy training if you make it fun by including playtime and tricks, which are not only obedience in nature but also fun. These fun tricks will help socialize your Chihuahua, teaching him obedience isn’t all that bad. It might take more time for an older rescued or adopted Chihuahua to want to be obedient, but older pups can be convinced to obey with the right training and tools.
High-value treats will be key to train your Chihuahua to be obedient. You may need to change these treats every now and then to keep your pup engaged and enticed. Puzzle treats are also a good toy to have around to entice your Chihuahua. Schedule training sessions to teach commands and tricks. Keep these sessions short but ensure they are productive and your Chihuahua is engaged.