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.