March 24th, 2014
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, but your Chihuahua is also less likely to pop out of position without being released. When lying down, a dog is generally at a lower arousal level and more relaxed. Of course, not all small dogs appreciate this position, as it makes an already tiny breed feel a bit more vulnerable, so only use it in safe, relaxed settings.
There’s two ways on how to teach a Chihuahua to lay down. You can either lure or shape the down position. To start shaping, begin in the most boring room of the home, making sure there are minimal distractions for your Chihuahua, such as toys or other people to pester. This can be a home office, laundry room, or even the bathroom. Go in with your clicker and treats in a pocket, shut the door, and sit down. Read a magazine, pass the time while you ignore the dog. Eventually, the bored dog will lie down, so click and treat!