What Makes A Chihuahua Yappy?
If your Chihuahua is constantly yapping, the key to solving the problem is working out what they’re trying to communicate with you. Sometimes people assume their excessive barking doesn’t mean anything as this is what the breed is known for; however, more often than not, it’s their way of talking to you.
Here are some of the main reasons a Chihuahua will excessively bark at you:
If your Chihuahua is feeling like they’re being threatened or that they need to guard their territory, they will express it through barking. Chihuahua’s loyalty is a positive trait, but this personality trait will also lead them to be very territorial. They don’t like strangers or other dogs using their resources!
Also, most small dogs, including Chihuahuas, don’t realize how small they are. Chihuahuas sometimes scare larger dogs away with their sheer confidence and barking. When you apply this to their territorial barking, it’s no surprise they bark excessively to guard their possessions or to keep strangers from entering their home. In some cases, they even bark at families entering the house if they’re surprised; it’s just their defense mechanism as they’re small.
Unlike other dog breeds, Chihuahuas don’t need as much physical stimulation. Walks and playtime can be shorter for these pups; however, they can’t be missed as they need to release their pent-up energy. Dog owners need to make sure that they cater to playtime as well as exercise!
What Chihuahuas do need is mental stimulation to be satisfied; this is why they love being played with and being the center of attention. Even though they don’t need lots of space, they do need a toy or a ball to play with to keep them occupied. If they don’t get enough mental stimulation, they can end up feeling bored and will bark because there’s nothing else to do.
All dog breeds will bark when excited, and Chihuahuas are no exception! Like humans, they celebrate their joy with noise, and this is a good thing. So don’t worry if your Chihuahua starts barking like crazy when the dog treats come out – this is a natural response! This also happens when they see their family members, so it can be a compliment too.
Unfortunately, sometimes excessive barking is something we accidentally teach our dogs. If you always run and pick your Chihuahua up when they whine or bark, it will teach them that excessive barking is the way to get your attention. Since Chihuahuas love attention, whining and crying will become more common as they learn it will get you over to them! Make sure not to pander to every whimper from your Chihuahua to stop any taught behavior.