Many of us choose a small-breed dog because of the ease of exercising small dogs compared to larger dogs, among other things. Too often, however, a Chihuahua can become a little crazy when not exercised and socialized properly.
Secondly, your Chihuahua needs exercise and new experiences to gain the worldliness needed for her to keep her chill. If your Chihuahua's world extends primarily to your house and yard, she is likely to be overwhelmed with excitement by every new person or thing coming into that space.
Rescued ! Been neglected!very nervous! Can be aggressive! Can’t put lead on her to walk her! On heat and hiding away appetite poor! One day let’s me stroke her ! Next day growls if I go near
Hello Angels, First, give her time and expect progress to be gradual. Sprinkle treats around you when you are sitting and without paying attention to her, let her come up to you to eat the treats so that she will associate you with food - you will probably need to use meal topper treats instead of kibble for this. Meal toppers like stella and chewy and nature's variety is often found in the pet food isle. Expect a few days of not coming over for the food while stressed. As stress goes down her desire to eat should increase. If it doesn't, see your vet. Once she is coming close to eat the food and seems more relaxed you can start talking to her softly but don't touch yet unless she asks for it. When she is comfortable being near you, then pair the food with your touch - touch her shoulder while giving a treat. Touch her side, touch her ear, ect...While feeding a treat each time. Only touch while she is eating the food. As soon as she stops, stop touching. Once she can tolerate your touch and being near you, then work on her fear of other things. Check out the article linked below for more details on that. Kikopup on Youtube is also a good resource for desensitization. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-socialize-a-shy-dog/ Eventually, confidence building exercises may be good for her also. Don't act sorry for her or baby her. Fearful dogs need calmness and confidence from their pet parents. Structure, routines, and clear boundaries are also important for anxious dogs. Confidence building exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OseD7TRwsPQ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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