There is nothing quite like the fun of bringing home a new Chihuahua puppy--they are so tiny and cute. But mayhap some of that dims just a little the first time he leaves a pile in the middle of the floor. So now, not only do you have a mess to clean up, it's time to start thinking about crate training the little guy. Before you think of a crate as a puppy prison, you need to understand that all dogs are born with a natural instinct that makes them want to find a den.
By creating a safe place for your pup using a crate, you are not punishing him in any way. You are simply giving him a den, a safe place, a place he can literally call his own. How can anyone see this as a bad thing? The only time using a crate can be seen as punishing and not right, is if you leave your pup in it for too long at a stretch.
Crate training can be considered a very important part of your pup's overall training program. You can use it as part of his potty training, teaching him to sleep at night, and do deal with separation while you are at work. Be aware, however, that you should never leave your pup in the crate for too long. It will only lead to problems getting him to go in his crate. Also, if he tries to hold himself for too long, it could cause physical problems for him.
The idea is to teach your pup that his crate is actually his den and a safe place for him to take a nap, hang out in at night, or simply go into when he wants to get away from it all. You can make the crate as simple or fancy as you like. Carpet the floor, add a doggy bed, toss in some toys, even throw a blanket over the top to create a cave-like atmosphere, just be sure to make it comfortable and welcoming to your pup.
There really isn’t much to getting started. First, you need to buy a crate; be sure it is neither too big or too small for your pup. Then you need to create the den by making the inside comfortable. From here it is simply a matter of working with your pup until he loves being in his "den". However, you need a few supplies:
Plus of course, you need plenty of time to work with your pup along with a generous supply of patience. Chihuahuas are very smart but tend to be a bit stubborn, be patient and he will soon figure out what is expected of him.
Potty training but I have a real crate now so I hope it’s easier.
She bites our feet as we walk and like to bite our hands while we play even though our hands aren’t by her mouth. How do we stop her? Yes we do have toys we give her instead but still wants our hands.
Hello! I am going to send you information on the nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies or older dogs may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.
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