Four Steps On Potty Training A Chihuahua

It is of very much importance to train your Chihuahua to potty. It is because potty training a Chihuahua will make your dog responsible with her mess. This will also prevent you from cleaning up your dog’s mess throughout the year.

If you don’t know where or how to start your training project then you have to read this article for the basic steps on how to potty train your Chihuahua.

Before you can directly do potty training a Chihuahua, you must first provide your chi a crate. A crate is a box or somewhat similar to a cage which is larger than the size of your dog. It is made of plastic, wood, or steel. This is intended to limit your dog’s movements in the house which can cause her to litter anywhere. Just place some toys inside your chi’s crate to prevent her from whining.

Teach your chi basic commands for easy control. The commands that you are going to teach her are monosyllable words which she can easily understand. These words are sit, stay, down, heel, stop, potty, or no. These are just basic commands commonly used to housebreak a puppy. Use one command for one respective action. Make sure to let your chi master the first command before you proceed to the next command. This will help her comprehend easily.

Start the training proper. Start potty training a Chihuahua by leading her outside to potty early in the morning, after every meal or after every time she eats, and at evening before going to bed. First, you have to observe her actions when she feels like going to potty.

Through this you will know when to lead her out. Teach her remember the door where you are going out. You can hang a chime for her to comprehend the sound. Give her a treat every time she does your command correctly. Next, you have to lead her to the place where she is supposed to potty. Never leave her outside. Command her to potty. Give her treat if she is done. Then lead her inside again.

This time, you repeat the process. This is for the sake of practice and comprehension. Do not punish her if she does not make it right. Just be consistent. Keep on repeating the process until she remembers at least one part of the entire procedure.

Use positive reinforcement in potty training a Chihuahua. In cases when she soils inside the house, do not beat her or punish her. Instead, lead her outside to her potty area. If you have any companion inside the house, then you ask that person to take your pup outside while you clean the mess. Use odor neutralizing agent to remove the odor. This odor can make your chi go back to that area to potty again.

Potty training a Chihuahua is not that easy. However, it entails you of great patience and consistency in order to be successful.

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Dos And Don’ts In Training A Chihuahua At Home

Training a chihuahua at home is preferred by many owners. It is because they are able to monitor their chi’s progress. Well, you can also train your pup on your own. Just read this article to know its dos and don’ts.

Dos:

Establish your authority over your chihuahua. This is crucial and important. It is because chihuahuas like other dogs are pack animals. This means that these animals used to live with many others and one should stand as a leader. So, between the two of you, establish your authority over her before she can establish hers.

Teach your chihuahua housebreaking. This is also called potty training. This is to teach her of proper disposal. Bring her outside to potty. Training a Chihuahua about housebreaking needs keen observation in order for you not to end up cleaning her mess inside the house.

Teach your chihuahua obedience training. This includes the basic commands and crate training. Teach her the commands sit, down, stay, and heel for obedience and for you to easily control her actions. Also, teach her crate training. The crate is considered as her room where she could sleep and sometimes eat. There are also toys inside to keep her company.

Get your chi to socialize with people and other canine breeds. Training a chihuahua to socialize help her get used to different stimuli without getting stressed out. Also, this will lessen her aggression.

Reward and praise your chihuahua for every job well done. This is a good motivation for your chi to do more for you too. This makes her do her best for the sake of the treat. Eventually, she will make everything you expect from her.

Don’ts:

Do not tolerate your chi for obsessive behaviors like jumping, biting, whining, growling, and barking. Though these are common behaviors for your chi, you still need to teach her the proper time and situation when to do so. Obedience training is advisable for this issue.

Do not punish your chi for a mistake done. This is one of the mistakes committed by some owners which eventually make their chi stay away from them.

Do not leave your chi anywhere in the house or yard. This might get your chi in great trouble with your neighbors. This can also give big space for your chi to get naughty by chewing your cushion and pillows.

Do not always cuddle and carry your chihuahua. She might get used to it and refuse to walk by herself. Instead, teach her to walk with a leash and collar around her neck.

Training a chihuahua also needs fun and game. Chihuahuas as toy dogs love to be cuddled. They love to be with their owners. So give your chi sometime of bonding together in order not to make her get bored.

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Help Your Chi Cope With Chihuahua Separation Anxiety

Chihuahua separation anxiety is a condition wherein your pet becomes stressed whenever you leave her alone at home. With this taken for granted, your chi may become destructive since this will make her resort to out of control barking, biting, whining, or chewing. Chihuahuas’ social nature is one factor why these dogs develop this condition. They are afraid to be left alone. Thus, it results to panic and will eventually make them behave abnormally just to get relief from the stress.

Chihuahua separation anxiety can be easily reduced given the proper attention and training. Like other canine breeds, chihuahuas need to be trained how to cope with the stress caused by separation. As a responsible owner, you need to exert effort and patience to help your chi become independent.

The best thing to do for your stressed chi is to engage her to obedience training. One important training to conduct is the crate training. This is used to make her company when you are not at home. A crate is something which she could comfortably sleep or play. This will make her secure.

In order to make her love her crate is for you to lead her into it. But first you have to teach her the basic commands used by several dog trainers to get their dog’s attention. These words are monosyllables like sit, down, heel, stay. You use these words to command her to go inside her crate.

However, if she won’t obey you don’t push her or shout at her. This will make your dog fear you. Instead, use some strategies to make her come inside. You can put some food inside to attract her. Just be patient with your dog. She will learn eventually.

Aside from crate training your chi, you also need other techniques to help her cope with chihuahua separation anxiety. Every morning at least 10 minutes before leaving for work, do not play with your pet. Just ignore her and go out of the house without giving her any attention. This is one way of telling her that it is no big deal if you’re going out and coming in the house. Also, when you arrive at evening, do not pat her immediately. Leave her for quite some time on her own. Then after a few minutes, call her attention.

Another important strategy to help your chi cope with chihuahua separation anxiety is to bring her for a walk in some public places. This will help her relieve from stress. By nature, chihuahuas are social animals. Therefore, making them confined in a closed place for almost all the time will stress them out. Exposing her to people and other dogs will make her enjoy.

It is very important to give some attention with your pet. They are almost similar to humans. They need a break. So, as a responsible owner, never let your pet taken for granted to avoid worsen chihuahua separation anxiety.

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What Is The Difference Between A Long Haired And Short Haired Chihuahua?

“What is the difference between a long haired and a short haired chihuahua?” The answer to this question is actually very simple. One has a long coat of hair, the other has a short coat of hair. Other than that there is no major difference between them as they are both genetically the same breed.

The only difference in owning either long haired or short haired chihuahua will be grooming. Contrary to what you may believe, a short haired chihuahua will actually shed more hair than a long haired. The short haired chihuahua require regular brushing and weekly grooming. Some owners, including myself, state that a long haired chihuahua will only require monthly brushing and trimming around every two years.

I have a short haired myself and I can tell you that they do in fact shed quite a lot of hair. Sometimes I think to myself how can so much hair come from such a little dog? I have also owned a long haired chihuahua and I never had this problem. This is an easy problem to overcome. I brush my chihuahua outside once a day to rid his excess hair and give him a bath once a month.

Even though they look relatively different to each other, the long haired and short haired chihuahua are both easy to train. There are many people claiming that chihuahua’s are a difficult breed to train. I do not agree with this although, chihuahua’s are a very intelligent breed and sometimes owners have a tendency to be trained by their chihuahua. I believe that many chihuahua owners are not using the correct chihuahua training and this can lead to some behaviour problems that are very hard to eliminate. The main behaviour problems that a chihuahua will have are excessive barking, biting and nipping, not obeying basic commands and bad potty training habits. These behaviour problems are easy to correct using basic training methods and consistency.

The long haired and short haired chihuahua are a beautiful, intelligent and loving breed and would make a great companion to anybody including families. There is a common belief that a chihuahua is not the best dog to have around small children because of their small size and a tendency for a chihuahua to nip and bite. Socializing your chihuahua with children at a young age is the best way to avoid any biting problems as it is usually a fear of children that will cause a chihuahua to bite or nip them. As for children, educate them on your chihuahua and how easy it would be for an injury to occur.

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