Keep Your Chihuahua Busy
Provide them with things to do like chew toys or time outside in the yard so they don’t feel threatened and can release pent-up energy before it becomes aggressive behavior.
Again, if you’re following an exercise regime with your dog, it would take care of most of the problem. However, if your dog has very high energy levels, you’ll have to find an outlet for them to release the energy. You can do this by taking them for a walk, playing with them in your backyard, or even going to the dog park.
Spend More Quality Time With Your Dog
This will allow you two to bond on a deep level and will give you a better understanding of why they might be aggressive in certain situations. The more your chihuahua trusts you, the less likely it is they will act aggressively.
Introduce Your Dog To New People Slowly
Even if it is someone you know, like family members or friends, the Chihuahua may get defensive and lash out because of all the unfamiliarity around them. This is especially true when there are other people around your dog.
So, ensure that you introduce them to new people slowly and give them time to get used to that person. We’ve already discussed how unfamiliarity can trigger defensive actions and aggression.
It might be frustrating when your pup becomes aggressive, but it’s important not to lash out at them because it will only make things worse.
Use Natural Calming Techniques
There are some herbal remedies you can give your dog to help them relax, like Chamomile or Valerian Root Tea. Even giving a bath with lavender essential oil can be helpful in relieving anxiety and aggression because it’s so relaxing for the animal.
But if you don’t want to do that, you can also try to calm your Chihuahua by stroking their head or giving them a treat.
If your pup is still aggressive after trying these techniques, then it might be time to consider other medical options like medication from the vet for anxiety and aggression.
How to Prevent Aggression in the Future
Aggressive chihuahuas can be a significant problem for pet owners. It is natural to feel tired of your Chihuahua’s aggressive behavior. I understand your frustration. If you’ve ever owned one or come across one often, you’ve probably experienced this firsthand.
Angry chihuahuas can easily frighten people and other pets, and they pose a safety risk to children. But it’s possible to train an aggressive chihuahua to stop being so aggressive with some simple steps!
Take a moment to reflect on what might have triggered the aggression. It will help you prevent it from happening again. What was happening just before the aggression? Did you walk into the house and see someone who startled you, for example? Was there too much noise at once? Did your dog feel threatened by another animal?
These are all things that you can consider. Furthermore, you’ll want to consider the dog’s diet as well. Often, dogs will act aggressively when they need more protein in their diets or if they have an allergy.
This is just one step in preventing aggression with your pup! The next thing might be to take them to the vet for an exam and see if they need any medication.
There are many options to prevent your Chihuahua from being aggressive, but prevention is always the most effective! So if you can try some of these things outlined here before aggression becomes a problem, I promise that you’ll feel much better about living with your pet.