You own a chihuahua and most times it doesn’t listen to you. You are not alone; it is a behavior that is common with this breed of Dog. The barking of a chihuahua can be annoying and unpleasant especially when it is uncalled for. The good news is that you can help your chihuahua to listen to you. ‘My chihuahua won’t listen, is not a problem anymore.
Barking is a means of communication
The means of communication of all dogs is through barking. Whether they are excited, sense danger, or feel threatened, all they do is barking. The chihuahuas bark if they are hungry or need water. If another dog gets close to the apartment, they bark. And most important, the bark may send a home intruder away or alert the neighborhood of an impending threat.
When barking becomes annoying
Chihuahuas are known to bark unnecessarily. A knock on the door may set them barking or a passerby just outside the house. This unnecessary barking can cause a lot of discomfort for you and the neighbors. It is necessary to train your chihuahua to know when to bark and when not to.
Ways to make chihuahua listen to you when it starts barking.
The owner should not reward barking
Rewarding your chihuahua for barking is just a means of saying well done and you can do better. If you reward your chihuahua every time it barks, it only makes it harder for the dog to listen to you.
Likewise, barking should not attract punishment
If it is not wise enough to always reward a barking chihuahua. It will not make sense to punish or scold your chihuahua. Shouting at the top of your voice only gets the animal agitated thereby increasing the barking frequency. Loud noises are not different from barking and the chihuahua may respond by with a louder sound.
When to reward?
Most chihuahuas need to be trained on what they should bark at and what they should not. If your chihuahua stops barking after you speak to it or remains calm in conditions it normally barks, this is when you reward. A knock at the door always sets the chihuahua to barking mode. If it remains calm next time there is a knock on the door, give your chihuahua a reward for listening to you.
Understand your chihuahua’s language
Communicating with a chihuahua is not about speaking phonetics. Your dog may not listen to you if you are not communicating with it. Body movement, eye contact, gestures are some of the means of communicating with the dog.
You must make your chihuahua realize you are the one in charge. Let him learn to make way for you when you want to pass. Avoid lying on the same bed as your dog. By establishing yourself as the commander, your chihuahua will start to listen to you.
Let him know his name
It is important you assign a name to your chihuahua. A chihuahua that does not know his name will not listen to you.
Train your chihuahua to respond to his name by putting its food in your hand. Then call the chihuahua’s name. He will definitely look at the food. Keep on calling the name until it looks directly into your eyes. Then give the food. Repeat this process several times. Make sure to reward the chihuahua every time he looks into your face. Animals too love when their parents appreciate them.
Dogs wear Shock collars on their necks. They discharge electric shock into the neck of the dog. It works by discharging shock when the dog barks. There are manual ones and some are automatic. The automatic one shocks your dog when it barks not minding if the bark is necessary or not. It is advisable to avoid all shock collars. An owner must train his dog to listen to you without the use of shock collars. Nobody wants to get shocked likewise your chihuahua will not find it funny too.
If you have tried many ways to make your chihuahua listens to you but it is not working. It is time you seek the help of professional dog trainers to help you out. You will need to lead and organize the training process.
If you want your chihuahua to listen to you, you have to start the training as early as possible. You need to be consistent, they forget also. Do not always give in to all requests, learn to say no. They are animals with a brain also, correct your chihuahuas if they make a mistake.