Chihuahua Sports And Activities

The world is changing for dogs. No longer confined to herding sheep or living in the barn, most dogs are part of the family. Shelter dogs find homes in greater numbers; fewer are euthanized. Owners are open to new ideas for entertaining themselves and their dogs. Sports are yet another activity that owners and dogs can share. Agility, flyball, lure coursing, etc., also give the overactive dogs a positive release for their energy. And these are sports for Chihuahuas too.

  There’s a wide-open field for different types of dog sports. Purebreds and mixed breeds compete against each other for a prize or national title. Other times they do it just for fun. Whether your dog performs flawlessly to the applause of hundreds or stumbles on the course, he must […]

Popular Dog Sports

  Agility has quickly become an exciting pastime in the US for many dogs and owners, as well as a mass of intrigued  onlookers. Developed in England in the late 1970s, the sport was first recognized by the AKC in 1994. Dog agility resembles equestrian jumping competitions. It is conducted […]

Dog Agility

  In the 1970s a group of dog trainers added tennis balls to an obedience and scent-discrimination exercise. At first the addition seemed like no big deal, but dogs and their owners picked up on the intensity of the new sport, and it slowly built up a steady fan base. […]

Flyball For Dogs

  Although Chihuahuas can generally do anything a larger breed can, there are some dogs that should not be involved in certain physical activities. Puppies less than eight months old should avoid rigorous jumping, as the landing process can easily injure their immature legs. Overweight dogs can also easily injure […]

Physical Limits For Chihuahuas

  Pet therapy , also known as animal assisted therapy, has come a long way since the 1960s. Patients with problem behaviors displayed improvements when the dog was present. Today four-footed therapists provide therapy in hospitals, long-term care centers, schools, day care centers, domestic violence shelters, and crisis nurseries. Therapy […]

Chihuahuas As Therapy Dogs

  Developed in 1989 by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Canine Good Citizen test is a ten-step program that evaluates all breeds for temperament, behavior, obedience, and other relevant skills. Dogs do not have to be agility champs or show stars to earn a certificate either. Any well-mannered dog, […]

Canine Good Citizen Test