My Chihuahua House Training Story

April 23rd, 2010

Hey Ted here…If you are looking for the best Chihuahua house training you’ve come to the right place.  Click here to see what resource really helped me in my house training of Speedy. In case you don’t already know, I had a miserable time with house training a Chihuahua puppy.  Here’s my story.  I hope this helps other Chihuahua owners stuck in the same boat.

So a couple years ago about this time I just got my Chihuahua named Speedy.  At first I thought his behavior was funny–the jumping, the biting, the scratching, you know what I mean.  Well, let me tell you what was NOT funny–cleaning up his mess under the couch every day.  I wanted to kill the little beast.

And I tried crate training him but I didn’t know what I was doing.  I might have kept him in there too long I think.  For whatever reason, I had the hardest time just getting him to go in the thing.  But the fact that he kept relieving himself in my apartment and the jumping up and down over and over especially just got really annoying after a while.

So, what did I do?  Well, I went on the internet of course and paid $17.99 for a puppy house training manual.  It looked good so what the heck, right?  Well, I read about half of it and realized it was mostly for dogs other than Chihuahuas.  In fact, the book even had a disclaimer where it said something to the effect that “advice found herein may not be suitable for all breeds mainly little dogs like Chihuahaus.”  I was like you have to be kidding me, right?

So I wasted my money there.  Next, I went to the library to try and find something on Chihuahuas but nothing really grabbed me.  I was feeling kind of lost and so I think that’s where my inspiration came in writing this blog.  I always said to myself, man, if I ever figure this out, I have to write a blog on it.  Well, I hope this blog helps you and your Chi.

So I went BACK on the internet searching for “Chihuahua house training” and luckily after digging through about 80 websites, I was lucky to find a resource on house training chihuahuas from somebody who really understood dog behavior.  I signed up right away and truthfully, I don’t know what I would be doing today if i didn’t.  I shutter to think if I would have even given Speedy away.

Let me tell you the information I received opened my eyes in a huge way especially as far as Speedy’s constant jumping on me.  It taught me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it immediately.  I’m talking the second day here.  Click here to see what I’m talking about. And I can honestly say that after about 1 month, I really felt I had Speedy trained where he was no longer biting, jumping up and down on me and yes…most of all, leaving those little presents for me under the couch every day.

So if you are a new Chihuahua owner or one that has been struggling for a while now, I really hope this helps you out.  Click here if you want more information on this Chihuahua house training resource right now.

Before You Can Effectively House Train A Chihuahua, You Must Get Him To Listen To You!

April 15th, 2010

Before you can house train a Chihuahua, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family.  Your Chihuahua must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the pack leader:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader
  • Always eat first – give your Chihuahua something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal
  • Don’t circle around your Chihuahua when he is lying on the floor – make your Chihuahua move out of your way instead
  • Don’t let your Chihuahua set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands
  • Don’t permit your Chihuahua to sleep with you in your bed – reserve a sleeping area for your Chihuahua away from your bed.

Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha/pack leader, Chihuahua house training and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Chihuahua does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your Chihuahua know his name?

Does your Chihuahua look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in house training a Chihuahua.  If your Chihuahua doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your Chihuahua recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Chihuahua’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name until he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Chihuahua has learned to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or showing affection.

You must understand that Chihuahuas respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.  Once you master the ability to get your Chihuahua to listen, you will be well on your way to being able to house train a Chihuahua.

Chihuahua House Training Basics

April 13th, 2010

Before you begin your Chihuahua house training, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with your Chi.  This is important as it helps you understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Chihuahua to have complete trust in you.

How To Bond With Your Chihuahua

Building a bond is the first and the most crucial step involved in house training a Chihuahua successfully.  As soon as you bring your Chihuahua home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.   When Chihuahuas feel that they truly belong, they are more likely to respond better to their owners’ training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Chihuahua.   Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.

4 Golden Tips To Building A Relationship With Your Chihuahua :

  1. Spend quality time together
  2. Take him out in the world and experience life together
  3. Establish and promote a level of mutual respect
  4. Develop a way of communicating to understand each other’s needs.

Building a bond with your Chihuahua will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Chihuahua calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.  Once you’re successful in building this bond, you can rest assured that Chihuahua house training will be a cakewalk.