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How To Train A Chihuahua

How To Train A Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are clever dogs. One can train a Chihuahua like how one would train a big breed dog. Here are some tips from Debbie Connolly on how to train a Chihuahua.

I'm going to give you some tips on training your Chihuahua. As a trainer, I do tend to have bigger dogs. I've got Collies, German Shepherds, the kind of traditional things that you might see.

But after 30 years in this business, I've seen lots and lots of different breeds and the Chihuahua has become increasingly important, in the sense that lots more people are getting involved with them. Now, the Chihuahua has a little bit of reputation for being a bit of a big mouth in a small body and certainly as I'm saying this, I can hear in the back of my mind that awful yipping little bark that a lot of Chihuahuas do. I think that probably when people train these tiny little dogs - they do seem to see the most handbag dogs - I think the problem is that people tend to see these tiny breeds in the hands of the celebrities.

So they see these wonderful little Chihuahuas being carried around as if they're disabled wearing ridiculous diamante colors, outfits, their own matching accessories and they kind of forget that this is a dog. Chihuahuas are actually quite clever; they can be a little yappy as all other small breeds can, but that's not natural for them. But unfortunately, it seems to be natural for owners not to take them very seriously.

So one of the things with the Chihuahuas is they're actually very clever. I've even seen a Chihuahua doing a guillotine. Alright, it was a scale down, of course, and looked a bit like something from a doll's house.

But nonetheless, for the size of the dog, this little Chihuahua did a fantastic job. So, my advice is to treat your Chihuahua, like any other dog, it needs to get dirty, it needs to be naughty, it needs to chew bones and shoes. It needs to get out and socialize with other dogs.

The thing you do have to be careful of with these small breeds though are their vulnerability to larger ones. So make sure that your dog has good recall. Make sure that your Chihuahua respects you, it's not uncommon to see a Chihuahua in the arms of someone, and you approach them, put your hand out to stroke the dog and get your fingers bitten.

And there's a very well known celebrity, very well known for having dogs who do that. She carries them under her arm, but somebody approaches, the dog shows its teeth, she laughs. It's not funny, your dog does not need to be lifted up and carried around, it's not disabled, it has no concept as a Chihuahua that it's just a small breed.

It is simply a dog with a brain that needs to be a dog. When you're working with your Chihuahua, when you're training your Chihuahua, treat as if it's as big as a German Shepherd and make sure that you have the same rules, the same boundaries and expect the same behavior from it as if it was a bigger breed. So make sure that that is how you actually train your Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas are clever dogs. One can train a Chihuahua like how one would train a big breed dog. Here are some tips from Debbie Connolly on how to train a Chihuahua.