It's no wonder we're in love with dogs. But it's not too often we hear about Chihuahuas. In fact, the most famous Chihuahuas in recent years are well-known simply for who carries them around in an oversized Prada bag (that or for really, really loving Taco Bell).
However, despite their small stature and the disservice done to them by Hollywood, Chihuahuas are one of the most loved breeds and are especially exalted as emotional support animals. And just like their larger counterparts, they're known to save lives. Back in 2016, a 9-year-old Chihuahua named Sassy made headlines when she loyally stayed by her elderly owner for hours, barking non-stop until help came to the rescue.
It's examples like this that often make us wonder: Did we rescue our rescue dogs or did they rescue us?
A great way to strengthen your bond, however, is to begin teaching them a few simple tricks. Studies show that the student-teacher relationship between an owner and their pet helps strengthen communication and trust, both of which are very important to a re-homed dog.
The fundamentals of dog training are typically 'sit', 'down', and 'stay'. These are important to teach especially if you plan to teach your new friend other tricks. If you build a strong foundation, any dog can become a well-trained, well-behaved canine companion.
Sit is typically the number one trick dogs will learn, but since you've adopted, it's possible your new pet was never taught. It's an easy trick because you can make it clear what you want from them by gently physically guiding them into the 'sit' position. Getting your furry friend to obediently sit for you will make so many other aspects of your relationship easier. Trips to the vet, leashed walks, visits to the dog park, or when guests are over are all scenarios in which "Sit!" will help control of an unruly or uncomfortable pooch.Down
While not so much an issue for Chihuahuas, the 'down' command is ideal for many owners of large breeds who get into the habit of jumping on people. For smaller breeds, this task will act a lot like the sit command, simply teaching them obedience or ordering them to calm down. A nice, stern "Down!" to a Chihuahua may help them avoid jumping and barking wildly at another dog, as this breed is known for its lack of self-awareness, exuding machismo.Stay
'Stay' can be a little more difficult to teach, but it may be the most useful to you out of all these easy tricks. A dog that will 'stay' will act more appropriately while outside the home and surrounded by any number of stimuli that could cause them to bolt. It will also help you more easily fasten their collar, apply topical medicine, and prepare them for a bath.