Training your Chihuahua basic commands is important for establishing the leader of the pack in your household. Trying to get your Chihuahua to lie down should only come second to training him to sit on command. You will want your pup to know to lie down so that he knows a task to do when he needs to be settled and calm. Calm is not something Chihuahuas do quickly or easily. This is a command you can give to your Chihuahua that will tell him it's time to settle down and be still in the down position. Training your Chihuahua to lie down also sets him up to learn other tricks such as rolling over or playing dead.
There is a set of basic commands you want your Chihuahua to know right off the bat as soon as you bring him home and he's ready to start learning so you can have better control over not only his actions but also his behaviors. Teaching your Chihuahua commands such as to lie down also teaches him to obey you. Setting boundaries during training sessions also sets boundaries in his behavior. Teaching this command help to set your Chihuahua up for behavior-based training as well.
There are a few ways you can train your Chihuahua to lie down. You can lower your Chihuahua down to a down position using treats. You can also clicker train Chihuahuas. Like most other dogs they will work for the tiniest morsel of food and the clicker training adds a bonus click reward that they will get used to and want to earn. You can also shape your Chihuahua into the down position by conditioning him to understand when he lies down he gets a treat. Younger dogs are easiest to teach, however, you can also train an older Chihuahuas the down position.
Training your dog to lie down will require some scheduled times for training and some tasty treats. Keep your sessions fun and short. If your Chihuahua loses interest, give him a break. Entice him while training with treats. Because Chihuahuas are energetic dogs, consider offering training in a quiet room with no distractions.
When ever I try to teach him lie down, I start the command I tell him to sit. I show the treat and let him sniff it so he knows I got it. When I put the treat down to the floor he follows down. The problem starts when I pull the treat towards me he stands up and goes towards me. I have tried this a few times and it just doesn’t work. Any tips?
Hello Dafydd, Once the treat is on the ground instead of pulling it toward you, move it under his chest slowly so that he almost has to backup a little to reach it. Do this very slowly so that he can lick it while it moves and thus wants to follow it. Some dogs respond better to moving the treat along the ground clearance to them, instead ofoving it further away. Also go slow enough that he can continue licking and sniffing it while it moves. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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