Your Chihuahua might be suffering from Small Dog Syndrome. This is behavior based and rooted in lack of training. Chihuahuas are known to be stubborn, but they want to please their owners and earn rewards. If your Chihuahua has small dog syndrome, he will try to appear larger than life to let everyone around him know just how fierce he can be. But when your Chihuahua is not just acting aggressive but also whining, he’s communicating something to you. Chihuahuas will whine when they are uncomfortable. He is vocalizing his anxieties before the aggressions come out in barking or growling. This kind of behavior can occur if your dog is feeling lost and alone or fearful of others in or around your home. Your Chihuahua could also be whining to appease another dog within your home.
Building your Chihuahua’s confidence will help control the amount of whining he does. Obedience training will build your Chihuahua’s skills as well as give you and your guests tools when socializing your Chihuahua. You can also give your Chihuahua purpose by teaching him obedience commands. This gives him jobs to do, even if it’s as simple as sitting before having his meal served, that will build his confidence and place him in the ranks of your pack. If you have other dogs in your home and your Chihuahua is acting submissive by whining, you can place them on closer levels in the pack by treating them the same. Make them work together to earn treats at the same time. If you are carrying your Chihuahua around the house or coddling his fears when he whines but you don’t do that with your other dogs, begin treating them the same with the same rewards for good behavior.
Be prepared to set boundaries with your Chihuahua. This will build confidence and set defined rules. Make your training sessions with your Chihuahua short and rewarding. Bring playtime into training sessions. To encourage your dog to stop whining and bring his confidence to a level where he feels secure, use high-value treats during training. Foods like cheese and hot dogs, cut into small bite-sized pieces, will keep your Chihuahua interested in working on changing this behavior.
We recently adopted a puppy chihuahua that is bigger than Daisy and she is very upset. She screams loudly if u get close to her too fast or if the puppy tries to play with her. The puppy growls at daisy when she gets close to me while I’m petting the puppy. Help i want to help Daisy feel more confident. Her entire demeanor has changed. She no longer gets excited
Hello Ann, To begin, teach the puppy an "Out" command, which means leave the area. Tell the puppy "Out!" anytime that she is being possessive of you, especially when Daisy comes over. To teach her the "Out" command toss treats a few feet away from you while you also point the finger of your tossing hand in the direction that you throw the treats. Tell her "Out" while you toss the treats. Do this until she will go over to the area where you are pointing when you say "Out", before you have tossed the treat. When she will do that, then practice telling her "Out" and pointing to where she should go. If she does not go there, then herd her over to the area by walking toward her until she backs up several feet. Block her way so that she stays out of that area. Do this until she stops trying to get past you. When she stops, then back up to where you were before, and if she follows you, block her out of the area again by walking toward her again. Do this until she stops trying to come back into the area. When you are ready for her to come back, tell her "OK" and act welcoming and happy, to encourage her to come back over. Anytime that she is being possessive of you and growling at your other dog or shoving her out of the way, tell her "Out", and if she does not leave, block her out of the area and keep blocking her until she stops trying to come back over. Also, make the new puppy work for what she gets in life right now. For example, tell her to sit before you feed her, before you pet her, or before you take her on a walk. Tell her down before you give her a treat, before you toss her a toy, or let her onto any furniture. Decide what your rules for both dogs are, and be the one to enforce the rules so that neither dog is allowed to make or enforce the rules for the other dog. They should learn that is your job and not Daisy or the puppy's. You being the one in charge can remove some of the tension between the two dogs. That way neither of them are in charge, you are. Also, feed Daisy treats whenever she is tolerating the new puppy well. Reward her for letting the puppy come over and remaining calm, for letting the puppy sniff her, or for generally letting the puppy get close to her. Make the appearance of the puppy a wonderful thing, and make things boring again when the puppy leaves, so that she will want the puppy to be around. Also make sure that Daisy has rules and consistency too, because a lack of that can effect a dog's confidence. Lastly, be patient. A new puppy is a big adjustment for an older dog so it also might just take her time to adjust. Try not to act like you feel sorry for her or coddle her or act sad yourself about it. Instead act confident, happy, and believe that she can succeed. Such an attitude will help her feel more confident also. Do make sure that the puppy is not allowed to pester her though. The dogs should be expected to tolerate each other and not bully each other or pick on one another, but do not let the puppy be in Daisy's space all the time, unless Daisy is being rewarded for tolerating it and is alright with it. Encourage Daisy to be calm, but also encourage the puppy to be respectful. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog whines all day. Why is that?
Hello Kawana, Without observing Pascky I cannot tell you for sure why he is whining. Dogs whine for a number of reasons and puppies even more so. Some puppies are simply vocal and "talk" a lot to express how they feel. Make sure that the following needs are being met: 1. Mental stimulation like training. 2. Physical exercise. 3. Being fed enough food. 4. Health - Check for any other symptoms or signs that something is wrong. How is his appetite, growth, and peeing and pooping? Does he react when you gently run your hands over him. If anything seems off, take him to your vet, especially if the whining is recent and not something he has done for a long time. 5. Anxiety - does he seem tense, scared, drooling, shaking, tail tucked, ears back, paw raised, or otherwise nervous or frightened? If he is anxious, he will need help working through whatever is scaring him and building his confidence. 6. Attention - does the whining stop when you are paying attention to him and start again as soon as you stop paying attention to him? If so he is probably whining for attention and needs to learn more independence and how to play on his own. I suggest looking for an underlying cause by seeing if all of the above needs are being met. If nothing seems to be wrong or he is simply doing it for attention, then teach him a "Quiet" command and give him food-stuffed chew toys in an exercise pen for at least an hour a day to help him learn how to be more independent and self-sooth with the toy stuffed with food. The toy, such as a hollow Kong, needs to be stuffed with food in order to make it interesting though. To teach "Quiet" check out the "Quiet" method from the article that I have linked below. The method talks about barking, but once he has learned what "Quiet" means with barking, you can tell it to him when he is whining and distract him by making a small noise, as soon as he gets quiet, praise and reward him - this is to help him learn that quiet also means stop whining. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog follows me around the house and any time she loses sight of me she starts whining. I leave her in her crate when I go to work and she whines for a few minutes after I leave. She's only in her crate 3-4 hours throughout the workday and hasn't shown much destructive behavior. But at home I cannot step into another room without her whining and crying.
Hello Emy, Check out the videos below for teaching Place and crate manners with the door open. With her temperament it is likely very important for her to practice staying in one place while you go about your normal routine - so that she is exercising self-control and having to cope with her anxiety by not following you. Crating is very important also, but with the crate she is forced to stay - these exercises make her practice self-control and self-soothing to help her learn how to cope better. She may whine at first, but that's because she is having to do something new to her that's a bit hard - it's hard because it's a skill she lacks that you are helping her learn. Hard isn't bad. That same skill helps prevent separation anxiety so be consistent with it. You can also give a food-stuffed chew toy in the crate and on the Place. Work up to her staying there for 1-2 hours while you go about your normal routine over the next few months. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello. so I have a 5 week old chihuahua. He howls and whines all night. We got him in Friday the 19th and he has been whining every since that night. I feel sleep deprived and I just need a little bit of guidance. I give him a bottle like I was told to do every 3-4 hours but hes up more frequently then that. Yesterday was the 1st day I gave him soft dog food and he ate it all then went to sleep. Should I try keeping him awake more during the day or what? He was in my room in a crate next to my bed, but now he is in the laundry room. I leave his crate door open so that he can walk out on when he has to pee or anything but he whines until I come in and take him out and place him on the pad. Then even after hes done, he wants to play and things but I just be so tired with little to no energy at this point. I'm just frustrated at this point. He doesn't be hungry because his little tummy still be full and firm. Please help me. Thanks
Hello Shavanity, Honestly, this process is a hard one with such a young puppy - at this age he normally wouldn't be ready to leave mom and litter mates, so nights are extra hard. It should get easier in a couple of weeks due to age. I do suggest working closely with your vet when it comes to feeding and health, since pup is still making the transition to solid food slowly it sounds like. Is pup eating gruel yet? - the mixture of puppy milk replacer and solid food that most puppies are weaned onto around this age? work closely with your vet to make sure pup's feeding schedule and type of food is age appropriate as pup's needs change over the next couple weeks. If your vet feels the issue isn't food related, pup is probably just lonely due to litter mates being gone. Check out the surprise method linked below. Use a soft food pup can lick off your finger instead of hard treats if pup isn't ready for hard food yet, and work on methods like the Surprise method, during the day to help pup transition to alone time. At this age, you can also practice this method with pup in the exercise pen with the crate attached so they have access to an indoor potty. The point is adjusting to time alone though. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate If pup isn't chewing hard yet, you might want to try giving a stuffed animal that can be warmed a bit in the microwave - such as the ones made for kids when they get hurt. Be careful of any chewing and ingesting material though. Make sure nothing gets too hot though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog whines for anything how can I change this?
Hello Milangros, First, I suggest working on the Quiet method from the article linked below. Initially, it will teach pup not to bark, begin to use the Quiet command when pup whines also once pup has learned it for barking, then reward as soon as pup stops whining for a second or stays quiet for a couple of minutes when they normally would be whining. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, work on commands that build pup's independence and impulse control - pup will probably whine more at first while doing this, that's normal. They should learn how to handle things like being alone and mental exercise better though with practice - so that calmness is more present overall. Good commands, include teaching pup to stay in their crate with the door open, crate training in general, a long Place command (work up to that gradually), a Down-Stay command, waiting for meals, waiting at doors, and a structured heel. All of those commands require focus, patience, self-control, and being more independent. Third, pay attention to whether pup is inadvertently being rewarded by anyone when they whine. for example, does someone set their food down when they whine? - wait until they get quiet for a second. Are they petted when they whine? - then give a command and when they get quiet while focusing then give affection. Are they being released from their crate when they whine? - wait until they are quiet, or if you can't wait because of pottying, create a small distraction what results in pup becoming quiet, then release them. Also, know that some dogs are naturally more vocal that others or more anxious than others. It's fairly common, but you can begin building impulse control, independence, and quiet skills to help pup manage their vocalizations or anxiety better. Puppies are especially more likely to whine. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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