The Chihuahua is named after a state in Mexico. The dog breed is a popular contender for pet adoption due to its devotion to the household and highly protective, fearless nature. By nature the canine is gentle and loving, and very sweet-tempered.
The breed makes excellent watchdogs and they socialize well with their own kind. They are popular companions for the owners and can get vary of strangers. This is what makes them just right for the modern home.
This is a very important aspect of training. The pup needs to be introduced to members of the family, friends, and other pets as early as possible. The puppy gets well-adjusted and regular socializing will make the animal fearless and non-aggressive.
This puppy is not very easy to train and hence, you could help the animal to get more accustomed to new situations and everyone around you, prior to taking on the otherwise Herculean task of teaching it commands. You could invite people in your regular home environment and friends and also other vaccinated pet dogs to play with the pup.
Reaching and maintaining a comfort level with the little one is important to win the animal's love and attention. Even puppy training involves adhering to the age-old saying: "Respect begets Respect." It should be tempered with respect to help the animal to learn self control and discipline and display the best dog behavior.
Once you attain a comfort level with the animal, training sessions becomes much easier. The pup needs an 'alpha' and leader during the sessions and a very transparent social hierarchy. This is achieved only through developing a comfort level.
The pup should be trained to live within the confines of the modern home. It is very essential to establish good habits like fixed meal times and defecating areas early to promote pet health. If kept for later, the training becomes very time-consuming and extremely tedious.
- Fixed Meal Timings: The meal timings fixed for the animal should ideally be a little before your own. This prevents the animal from 'begging' for more or being around when the family is dining. The latter scenario could be damaging to the health of children and adults suffering from bronchitis or asthma.
- Monitored Defecating Areas: It is also important to ensure that the animal recognizes a time and place to defecate. Leaving the toilet door slightly ajar when you are not around and toilet training the pup to use it for urination is a good idea when the pup is adjusting to apartment rules.
Chihuahua puppy training involves the implementation of the 'praise and reward' system, strict timings, and regular monitoring to achieve the desired level of self control.