Chihuahuas are known for ruling the roost with their stubborn attitude and demeanor. Don’t let your Chihuahua rule over you. Train him to listen to you, so you have control over him when it matters most.
Chihuahuas who aren’t trained to listen often bark and growl at others and don’t bother learning obedience commands. Getting your Chihuahua to listen to you will not only give him the commands he’ll need to become a social pet but also give you the respect you command as leader of the pack. Chihuahuas can be sweet dogs who show loyalty to their owners. But Chihuahuas who don’t know how to listen can wreak havoc on the lives of their families, making dog ownership difficult. Train your Chihuahua to listen from early on so you can stop poor behaviors and reward good behaviors--giving him reason to continue being a good pup.
To get your Chihuahua to listen, you will need to set boundaries right away. Whether you are bringing home a new Chihuahua puppy or adopting an older Chihuahua who needs a good fur-ever home, you will need to let him know your expectations as soon as you bring him home, so he knows how to behave. Rewards are the best motivator for Chihuahuas. However you train your Chihuahua, try to remember to reward good behavior and redirect when behavior is poor. This will help condition your Chihuahua to earn treats with good behaviors. Be patient with every training session, and take any opportunity to show your Chihuahua how he can earn treats by listening. Keep scheduled sessions short, but pay attention to your Chihuahua’s behaviors and make every moment a chance to learn.
You will need lots of rewards for your Chihuahua to learn how important it is to listen to you. High value treats work best with scheduled training sessions. When you catch him listening outside of training sessions, be sure to reward as well. Be patient and be sure to spend extra time getting your Chihuahua to listen outside of everyday activities.
She chews on stuff and won’t quit barking at little things like the trash truck or somebody coming out side of their house like our neighbors how do I stop her ?
Hello Addison, For the chewing check out the article linked below. Be sure to give her a durable food stuffed chew toy in the crate, use a deterrent spray on household items she chews often, and work on teaching commands like Leave It and Drop It. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ The chewing is completely normal at this age. She has to chew, but she needs to be taught what to chew and what NOT to chew. Try to be patient with her, around 6 months most dogs go through a second chewing phases because their jaws start to develope. This time is typically when they are able to actually chew things apart because their bite is stronger now, opposed to when they chew while teething. For the barking, check out this article linked below and follow all three methods. Teach Quiet, work on desensitizing her to things outside like the neighbors, and when she is in the crate give her a food stuffed chew toy to focus on. The chew toy will also help with the other chewing by teaching her to chew her own toys more. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog won't listen to me obey me help? She wants to sleep during the day and stay up all night I wished she would be on my schedule? She won't stop barking at strangers or other dogs she wants to continue to be stubborn disobedient dog I'm tired of yelling at her spanking her
Hello April, Check out the article linked below, the article I have linked also talks about how to teach listening but has slightly different methods. I suggest following all three methods from that article. First, follow the "Obedience" method. The first step in teaching her to listen is working on your communication. Work on teaching her how to do commands that stop the unwanted behaviors that she is currently doing. For example, if she is barking, teach the "Quiet" command. If she is running away work on "Come". If she is being pushy, work on the "Out" command. If she is stealing things, work on "Leave It". If she is jumping on people or getting on furniture, work on teaching the "Off" command. You cannot effectively discipline a behavior until your dog clearly understands what they should be doing instead. When your dog does the correct behavior, you can reward the correct behavior and increase your dog's motivation to do the right behavior instead of the unwanted one. Doing all of that requires teaching your dog some commands first though. Listening article - Obedience method first: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Barking - Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Come - Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Once she understands commands, then you can use the "Consistency Method" and "Working Method" to teach her to obey those commands more often. Rewarding her when she does obey will also help just as much as practicing these methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you For the barking at people, work on the Desensitization method from the article and video linked below if the barking is due to excitement. Only reward while she is Quiet and not pulling on the leash when practicing this protocol. Since she is reactive toward strangers in general, you can practice this with just a person without adding the objects also, unless she is afraid of odd clothing too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXCELHDT2fs Desensitization method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark If the barking is due to aggression, check out The Good Dog Training on YouTube, and SolidK9Training for more information on leash reactivity, or ask for further help here, or hire a professional trainer who is very experienced and has access to several staff members and trainers dogs to practice the training with. Start with by working on the training commands linked above though. Practicing obedience to earn her trust and respect, and improve communication is the first step in addressing leash reactivity. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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