One Person Dog
One of the most common questions owners ask is how to train their Chihuahua to stop barking when left home alone.
We need to understand that Chi were trained to be a companionship dog. It is essential for them that you are close. Because of this, they may have severe cases of separation anxiety during which they can start eating furniture or even their own fur.
The separation anxiety is rooted deep in their instincts. In the past, Chihuahuas separated from their pack became very vulnerable due to few defense mechanisms. Such little dogs needed to stick to their group, and those who were afraid of separation were less likely to fall behind. This makes it practically impossible to leave them home alone.
Due to their companionship nature, Chihuahuas will usually get better in a family. They will tolerate new faces but will always be a little suspicious to anyone else but you. It will obviously bring some problems. Your Chi will only listen to your commands and respond only to your training while other family members are likely to be neglected (or even treated with aggression).
The same goes for dogs. While outside at the dog park, your Chihuahua may be aggressive towards other dogs. This aspect of Chi is very likely to frustrate a lot of people.
They Are Very Alert
As you might have noticed, Chihuahuas are very loud dogs. This is due to them being very alert and observant.
It is very common for them to bark at anything different or new. Their alert nature becomes a problem when they need to be introduced into an unfamiliar environment.
For example, a new house will cause them stress and turn them into a barking machine. The protective and territorial nature of Chihuahuas contributes to their behavior as well.
They will often bark at anyone they perceive as a threat to their territory. It is further fueled by Chi being a very active dog breed. They will bark simply because they are bored.
If your Chihuahua does not receive enough activity in their day, they will look for ways to release it. Most often, it will be barking or misbehaving in general.
Believe In Your Chihuahua
There are way too many dog owners out there who give up on their Chihuahuas.
Some people are unwilling or maybe too lazy to handle their hard temperament. Instead, they will try to adapt their lives around their Chi temperament. This will only escalate the problem and will show your dog that they can control you.
So which one of you is the owner? Luckily, with enough patience and persistence, it is possible to train your Chihuahua and live a happy life with your little four-legged friend.
After that, you will be ready for bigger and greater adventures together.