How To Fix Common Chihuahua Problems

Any breed of dog comes with their share of breeding and behavioral problems. The Chihuahua is no different and Chihuahua problems can range from a fragile build to a fragile constitution. Before you go ahead and bring that Chihuahua home you may want to check out some of the issues you will have to deal with when it comes to training and owning a Chihuahua.

A Chihuahua is not going to make a great gift for your kids. Chihuahuas do not react well to the noise and clatter caused by children along with all of the rapid moving around that kids will do. This sort of activity will cause your Chihuahua to feel a lot of stress and tension and can bring about a biting response that also does not go well with kids. Chihuahuas are also fragile and cannot take the abuse a child may give it intentionally or unintentionally.

Avoid Less Than Four Pounders

Be wary of a breeder that tries to sell you a Chihuahua that is four pounds or less. One of the biggest Chihuahua problems is the misconception that the cute little Chihuahuas that fit in teacups make the cutest little pets. Chihuahuas that are bred to be four pounds or less are unhealthy animals and very fragile.

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Chihuahuas will snarl and bark when they think they are protecting their territory and because they are so small everyone thinks they are cute when they protect their stuff. But in reality that type of behavior can lead to uncontrollable barking and snapping at everyone they see and that sort of behavior needs to stopped immediately before the Chihuahua takes it to the next level and starts biting at people.

Housebreaking Your Chihuahua

It is common knowledge among Chihuahua owners that probably one of the most frustrating Chihuahua problems is housebreaking. Chihuahuas hate the elements like rain and snow and will not go outside when the weather is not the best, and that can make relieving themselves where you want them to very difficult.

Some people try to install a doggie door so the dog can let itself in and out but in the end some owners are forced to accept a dog that uses a litter box. That is just the way it is when you live with a Chihuahua.

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There is no one set way a Chihuahua will act. Some are aggressive while some are passive and some are obedient while others just won’t listen. You are just going to have to spend a lot of time with your Chihuahua to figure out what kind of dog you have and then alter your training habits from there.

You are going to have to spend a lot of time with your Chihuahua, not only trying to get it to understand what you want it to do but also just learning what kind of personality your dog has so you know what training approaches to try.

Sandra Dean
Sandra Dean

Sandra Dean is a passionate lover of the Chihuahua and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved dog.