Shopping List for Chihuahuas


You can save money by purchasing the right Chihuahua supplies. Shopping for your puppy’s supplies in advance gives you an opportunity to compare prices and select the right size or design. Online retailers usually offer the most competitive prices and

How to Choose a Perfect Chihuahua


Once you have decided on a Chihuahua, you must narrow down your choice. The breed standard will guide you through some of these decisions. These official descriptions formulated by each breed’s national parent club provide detailed explanations of ideal traits

Dealing With Resource Guarding


Most people assume that a dog that guards her resources – like food, bones, chews, toys, or stolen goods – is a very bad, dominant, aggressive dog. Precisely the opposite is usually true. Usually, and this is most obvious in

Teaching a Chihuahua the Down and Heel Command


Down: When you need Dinky to stay in one place for a long time,  you can’t expect him to sit or stand. This is when the down command really comes in handy. Begin teaching the down command to your Chihuahua

Basic Training For Chihuahuas: Come, Sit and Stay.


Educating your Chihuahua can never begin too early or too late. With a very young puppy, train for even shorter time periods than you would an adult. The exercises every Chihuahua should eventually know are sit, down, stay, come, and

How To Train a Chihuahua The Right Way


Even Chihuahuas need to be trained. A well-trained dog is a safer and happier dog. Around the house you may need your dog to stay while you leave the door open for a moment, to sit  out of the way

Chihuahuas and Other Pets


If you have other pets, they should also be included in your Chihuahua’s socialization program. If your Chihuahua is a puppy, begin socializing him to other species as young as possible. Puppies are far more willing to form friendships with

Socialization Strategies for Your Chihuahua


Every dog has the instinctive potential to be fearful or aggressive, and situations will arise when fight or flight are the best options. This can be especially true if you happen to be the smallest individual in a particular encounter,

Communicating with Your Chihuahua


Communicating with your Chihuahua is extremely important when it comes to training your  puppy. To understand how a dog communicates can be crucial in our training efforts. Voice. Dogs are extremely sensitive to human vocal tones. Although your Chihuahua doesn’t

Chihuahua Behavior Problems


Even the best dogs with the best owners can sometimes do the worst things. Too often distraught owners get their training advice from the next-door neighbor or dog trainers who don’t have a scientific background in dog behavior. Veterinarians can

Litter Box Or Paper Training Your Chihuahua


Litter box or paper training your Chihuahua can be the ideal solution. Puppy pads are readily available, and will absorb the urine, making it easy to dispose of. Litter box training has also becoming much more common for small dogs

Signs Of A Healthy Chihuahua


Understanding the normal values for your Chihuahua will help you detect when something is not right. The following describes four signs you can monitor. Gum Color: The simplest yet most overlooked checkpoint is your dog\’92s gum color. Looking at the

How To Train A Chihuahua Not To Beg


Your Chihuahua looks at you with big sad eyes. A subtle whine, some barking and perhaps a hopeful tail wag when you look his way, or a paw scratching on your leg. Someone has done a “great” job on how

How To Teach A Chihuahua To Lay Down


After your Chihuahua is sitting still and relaxed for more than a second, you should start to teach him how to lay down. Not only is it a more comfy position for your Chihuahua for an extended period of time,

How To Train A Chihuahua To Potty Outside


There’s a few ways to train a Chihuahua to potty outside. First thing in the morning take her to that quiet location that you previously scouted out for suitability. Your puppy should be leashed and escorted to the potty spot,

How To Teach A Chihuahua To Sit


The quickest behavior to get under control is a sit. With a good sit comes a solid stay. After all, what good is it if your Chihuahua hits the floor like a champ, but can’t hold it long enough for

How To Find A Training Program For Your Chihuahua


When new Chihuahua owners think about training their puppy, the first thing they think about is a group obedience class. Though that may be good for some puppies for a variety of reasons, you have some other options that might

Skills To Teach Your Chihuahua


It can be difficult to narrow down what your Chihuahua really needs to know, and overwhelming to know where to start. There are dozens of potential skills and tricks you could teach, but how do you know what you should

Positive Reinforcement Training


Understanding how to apply positive reinforcement training to your Chihuahua can be overwhelming when you just want a well behaved, well adjusted companion. Not everyone wants to master an entire scientific discipline, they just want a pet they can live

How To Handle Aggressive Chihuahua Behavior


Behaviorists identify up to fifteen different kinds of aggression in dogs. An important point to remember is that aggressive behavior serves a function to the aggressor and is therefore reinforced when conflict happens and the outcome is in his favor.

How Dogs Really Learn


There are many mistaken assumptions about how dogs really learn: It’s all in the voice (usually, deep, loud, and booming); you need to show them who’s the boss (by rolling them on their back to make them submit); endless repetitions

Clicker Training Your Chihuahua


Clicker training refers to training using operant conditioning principles, using a behavior marker linked to positive reinforcement of high value. Clicker trainers routinely leave out negative reinforcement and positive punishment, due to the unwanted side effects of inhibiting behavior and

Reading Your Chihuahua Body Language


You can assume that your Chihuahua’s behavior has some sort of intention, as crazy as that might seem sometimes. Social behavior or signals that are directed at people or other dogs, with intention, is communication. Chihuahuas routinely communicate to their

Aggression In Chihuahuas


  There is a wide array of aggressive behaviors that any dog has the potential to exhibit. Ethologists identify over a dozen different kinds of aggression, ranging from maternal aggression, the hormonally mediated defense of offspring, to food-related aggression, a

Which Diet Is Right For Your Chihuahua?

Which Diet Is Right For Your Dog

There is no such thing as “best dog diet”. Each dog responds differently on different type of diet. Healthful foods  should meet certain parameters, but the food you choose must also agree with your individual dog. What provides one dog

Raw Food For Your Chihuahua


Thinking of introducing raw food to your Chihuahua’s menu options? Here are the pros and cons. The growing trend of feeding uncooked meat and vegetables to our dogs has resulted in a whole refrigerated section full of new options. The

Managing Your Chihuahua’s Destructive Behavior

  Prepare to lose at least one good pair of shoes. Chihuahua puppies are endearing and curious, and they love to chew! Just like their human counterparts, Chihuahuas go through a teething stage and then, a little later on, an

How To Introduce The Crate To Your Chihuahua


Here’s a few tips on how to introduce the crate to your Chihuahua: Start slowly. Toss a treat into the crate, let your Chihuahua run in to get it and come out immediately. Praise and give her another treat. Get

Possessive Aggression Over Food

  Food is the strongest driving force for animals in the natural world. Of course, most dogs are happy to munch on what their owner provides on a regular basis and occasionally supplement it with what they hunt (find around

Common Dog Handling Mistakes

  Avoiding common dog handling mistakes can make all the difference in the world to a dog’s life. By setting up the home properly and abiding by a few time-tested principles, you can prevent disharmony and ensure a loving partnership

Different Potty Training Tips


  Before starting the house training process, it is important to realize that from the perspective of new puppies or untrained dogs, there is no good reason why they should not potty inside the home. It is up to people

Certain Foods For A Nervous Chihuahua

  Does your Chihuahua desperately scratch the door to pieces whenever you go out? Does he cower and shake with every clap of thunder? Every dog carries his own set of personality traits – likes, dislikes, wants and fears. But

Dealing With Unwanted Dog Jumping

  There’s a few training methods you can use, to deal with unwanted dog jumping. Find below the most common methods, to correct this bad habit: Redirecting Unwanted Greetings If your dog loves retrieving games with toys or balls, take

How To Stop A Dog From Jumping

  So how to stop a dog from jumping up at you or at your visitors? Dogs seems to be obsessed with face-to-face contact, wanting to lick and nudge our faces and mouths with theirs. This is rather like our

How To Prevent Play Biting In Dogs

  There’s a few things you can do to prevent play biting in dogs. From day one, avoid playing any games that involve mouthing. If your puppy tries to solicit attention from you by play biting, ignore him. Just get

How To Prevent Dog Attacks

  In this post we’re going to talk about some different techniques you can use to prevent dog attacks. Every park user, whether a human or a dog, has a right to go for a walk without being bothered by

How To Deal With An Aggressive Dog

  Here’s few general tips on how to deal with an aggressive dog in different situations: Don’t take a fear-aggressive dog to places where there is a high concentration of dogs, like dog clubs or play areas, if you’re trying

Why Is My Dog Aggressive?

  Many dog owners are asking the same question: why is my dog aggressive? Let’s look in more detail at the many factors that can contribute to or exacerbate aggression in dogs. Lack Of Socialization This cause of aggression is

Fear Aggression Toward Dogs

  Dogs that are aggressive toward other dogs, irrespective of sex, size, or breed, tend to be motivated by a sense of fear. Specific aggression toward dogs of the same gender usually tends to be of the dominant type and

Dog Aggression Toward Visitors

  Usually the main cause of dog aggressions toward visitors is based on fear, see them as a threat to their safety – they often feel trapped or view a visit as an intrusion on their territory. Dominant dogs often

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