Helping your Chihuahua overcome his fear may take some work, but it isn’t impossible. Plenty of patience and gentle guidance through these obstacles is usually what he needs to succeed. A Chihuahua that isn’t afraid is much more relaxed inside and outside of the home and less prone to stress that can affect their more fragile physical health. A less fearful Chihuahua is also easier to adjust to things like guests or new pets in the home, small children, and loud noises.
Getting a dog over their fears is often a time-consuming task and Chihuahuas especially may take longer than most dogs to show progress. It’s much easier to condition a puppy to these scary things than it is an adult, but most Chihuahuas will respond to training at any age with the right amount of persistence and care.
How do I stop my puppy from barking like crazy and lunging on walks towards people walking past, joggers, bikes ect.
Hello, I have an excellent guide that may help Norman on his walks. https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs You will see the Passing Approach Method, which enables you to control Norman on the opposite side of the street, all the while teaching him to heel. The Heel command is a great way to get your dog to focus on you and not be concerned with other dogs or people in the vicinity. The Turns Method and the Treat Lure Method are both top-notch techniques. Take a look: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. Bringing your puppy to group obedience classes is also the ideal way to get them used to people and other dogs. I always recommend it as a way to have a well-rounded dog who has confidence and is content. Good luck!
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We just adopted Karen (we did not name her) and she is afraid of people. She tries to stay alone and when we come into the area she runs under the bed. We have tried treats and picking her up (even though she tries to run) and put her on our lap. Once on our lap she does well and seems to like it. Questions is we pick her up even though it causes stress? How do we build trust?
Hello, it will take time for Karen to come around - she is still adjusting and getting used to you. Don't pick her up just yet. It's all about letting a scared dog have their space for a while when they first arrive, too. When she goes under the bed, sit on the floor and offer high value treats (liver snacks, pieces of plain boiled chicken, hot dogs). Leave the treat and walk away so that she does not feel threatened or that you are asking anything of her. Do this several times a day. After several days, when you see that she is anticipating the treat, still leave it for her but stay in the room at a distance. Keep doing this until Karen runs out for the treat willingly. She'll soon learn that you are a good person. When you do interact, pat her on the back, not the head (it is less threatening). Don't stand over her, get down to her level. Take her on lots of walks (several a day, they don't have to be long and make sure the walk is in a calm quiet area) and verbally praise her as you walk. Walking is a good way to bond. Don't expose her to strangers while on the walk until she is over the timidity. Lastly, once she gets used to you, start exposing her to friend's dogs as long as they are calm. Having canine friends will boost her confidence, too. All the best!
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