Despite being the smallest breed of dog in the world, your Chihuahua is full of energy. He’s playful, devoted, alert and intelligent. You seem to run out of energy before he does. He’s happy to keep guests occupied for hours. However, you would like to channel his energy into something productive. You have already taught him a number of basic commands, but now you want to teach him some more advanced tricks.
This type of training will be good for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a great way for you both to bond. It’s also a fantastic way to keep him busy and stimulate him mentally. This type of training will also assert your position as pack leader, instilling discipline and making it easier to stamp out bad habits.
Despite your Chihuahua being clever, advanced tricks are, by their very nature, difficult to teach. The hardest part will come at the beginning when you need to show him precisely what it is you want him to do. However, once he understands that, you just need to hammer home the training with tasty rewards. Chihuahuas have a surprisingly big appetite despite being little in size, so food will be the way to motivate him during training.
If he’s a puppy, he should be receptive and keen to please. As a result, training could prove successful after a few days. However, if his learning days are behind him and he's easily distracted then it may take a little while longer. It may be three weeks before you see results. Get this training right and you’ll soon have a social media famous Chihuahua who gets people giggling.
Before you start training you will need to collect a few bits. Stock up on mouth-watering treats. A toy or two will also be required, and you will also need a clicker for one of the methods below.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training. Also try to make sure you can practice in a space where things won’t get broken.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!