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Chihuahua Training and Puppy Training, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Are Chihuahuas easy to train?

It depends on what you want to train them to do. Potty training a Chihuahua can be very difficult – in fact, Chihuahuas are one of the most difficult breeds to housebreak.

Training a Chihuahua not to bark sharply at every little thing she sees or hears can be difficult – this breed is extremely alert and observent, quick to notice anything that seems "different".

Training Chihuahuas to be friendly (or at least accepting) of strangers and strange dogs can be difficult – a few Chihuahuas are naturally friendly, but most are at least reserved, while many are downright suspicious.

But training Chihuahuas to fit well into your household, listen to you, and be well-behaved is not difficult at all....provided you insist that they do so right from day one. Chihuahuas, you see, can obey you while still maintaining their comical and entertaining personality.

Owners who want to spoil their Chihuahua by treating him like a little baby and allowing him to do whatever he wants usually end up with a Chihuahua who is skittish, nervous, excessively dependent, or downright nasty. These owners give our breed a bad name. Chihuahuas do not need to turn out like this....it's up to you.

So when you ask, "How easy is it – training a Chihuahua?" my answer is, "Housetraining is usually difficult. Controlling barking and anti-social behavior might or might not be difficult. It depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."

That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your Chihuahua to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Chihuahuas, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]


Misbehaving dog pulling owner on leash Teach Your Chihuahua To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Chihuahuas. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]


Words and commands to teach your dog Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Chihuahua
My method of training Chihuahuas includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]


Dog behavior problems Solving Chihuahua Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]


Cute puppy Training Chihuahua Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Chihuahua puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Chihuahua puppy. [read more]


Outhouse Housebreaking Your Chihuahua
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]


Young man holding his dog Socializing Your Chihuahua
Socializing means training your Chihuahua to get along politely with strangers and other animals. [read more]



Here are my dog training tips for training Chihuahua puppies and adult dogs:

Teach your Chihuahua to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Chihuahua to be well-behaved.

Start housebreaking right away. But expect it to take many months before your Chihuahua's miniaturized internal organs are strong enough for reliable control. Until potty training is complete, your Chihuahua must not be loosed in the house. It is so easy for him to sneak behind a chair or under a small table, and it takes only a few seconds for the deed to be done. The results can be hard to see and when you don't see it, you don't correct it – and so the bad habit becomes established.

If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Chihuahuas hate both the cold and the rain. A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended. Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Chihuahua can run outside the moment he feels the urge. Read more about housebreaking a Chihuahua.

Socialize your Chihuahua with strangers and other dogs. A few Chihuahuas are friendly with everyone, but most are at least somewhat standoffish. If you don't teach a Chihuahua early on to be friendly and trusting toward people they don't know, their natural caution will become nervousness, suspiciousness, or downright nastiness.

You also need to teach your Chihuahua to be calm and accepting toward other dogs. Many Chihuahuas will put on a display of excited ferociousness ("pitching a fit") when they see a strange dog, especially a large one. It sounds funny, but if you don't curtail it firmly, your Chihuahua may end up truly aggressive, which can end up with him being killed by a larger dog. Read more about why your dog acts the way he does toward strangers and other animals.

Teach the right words to your Chihuahua. My method of training Chihuahuas includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. You will need to work especially hard on "Quiet" because Chihuahuas can be barkers.

Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.

To help you train and care for your dog

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