Chihuahua is a headstrong but adorable small dog breed that is very common and popular in the United States. It is a great companion dog due to its loving, playful, and lively temperament. However, it is a stubborn breed, so training can be quite hard.

Although Chihuahua is a small breed, it still is one of the aggressive dog breeds in the world. So, if you are planning on getting a Chihuahua, make sure to give him good training. It can be a very well-behaved and gentle breed with good coaching.

When to Start Training Chihuahua?

Like in all dog breeds, training of Chihuahua should be started as soon as the puppy is home. It can be a very tough breed to control if not trained when it still is a puppy. They are very lively and eager to please their master at an early age which makes it easy for the owner to train. Start from basic obedience training, potty training, and other simple tricks.

Chihuahua playing with its toy
Chihuahua playing with its toy.
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As the Chihuahua puppy grows into an adult dog, advance training should be started. Give them challenging tricks which they love to learn and keep their mind stimulated. Continue socialization to avoid developing aggressive behavior like snappy, jumpy, and growling when they are outdoor.

Where to Start Training Chihuahua?

Since the Chihuahua is a small dog breed, they do well with indoor training. When giving them basic tricks, you can do it in the house with less distraction. Keep all of their toys out of the sight, so they do not get distracted by them and start playing with the toys rather than listening to you.

However, socialization training of the Chihuahua should be done outside with a variety of people. They also need socialization with other pets so they do not become aggressive and reserved around other dogs. While taking your dog out, always keep him on a leash and never let your dog pull you and take you in his desire direction.

Chihuahua pulling his master
Chihuahua pulling his master.
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How to Define Task for Chihuahua?

Defining a task seems a complex job but with the right technique, it is not as difficult as it looks. First, know what you want your dog to do and teach him to do it for you. The basic command all the owner wants their dog to learn is sit, stay, come, rollover, etc. So, if you want to define a task for your Chihuahua, start from the basics.

While defining task, use hand and body gesture to make them understand what you want your dog to do. If you want to teach your Chihuahua to sit on command, use the word ‘sit’ while pointing your finger down or waving your hand down along with the word sit. Do same with other commands and sit with new gesture. This will help your dog to understand easily.

Training Process

You can train your Chihuahua in various processes. Few of the techniques and strategies are explained below.

Positive reinforcement: The best method of training is always the positive method of training. A reward based training will always motivate your Chihuahua to be at his best behavior. After complition of each command or tricks, immidiately rewad your pooch with treats or a gentle pat on the back.

Leadership: With Chihuahua, it is very important to establish a good leadership upon them. If you are a consistent leader with patience and strong leadership, your Chihuahua will look at you as its master. If you fail to establish yourself as a master, your dog will take the position.

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