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When a chihuahua is Clingy

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When a new pooch enters into the house, a clingy dog is here, we generally consider the new dog cute for its clingy behaviors. Everybody is happy. When a pup snuggles and begs for kisses it’s awesome. Bonding is in process.

Like every other kind of breed, the same applies to small breeds like chihuahuas.

After some time, you may feel like going through a normal daily routine. However, their clingy behavior will surprise you.

In contrast, a chihuahua would be usually independent when going through a puppy stage. Then there is a sudden change of behavior. Anxiety and insecurity circle them. They become really clingy. Although you love them it can get annoying.

Clinginess in the Puppy stage

It’s important to think from the perspective of a pup too. They weren’t used to the same human care and affection as opposed to their natural primal behavior from their littermates.

For the first 8 weeks,  chihuahua puppies have a very narrow worldview. They only feel secure and comfortable with their littermates. We all see puppies piling upon one another.

Then a new family comes and takes them and their view of reality is going to change rapidly. Unfamiliar faces will accompany them which can get quite terrifying as well as intimidating for them.

New owners just like me and you are going to make them feel at home. We spoil them.  We cuddle and give lots of attention.

After a week or so, we try to accommodate our normal lifestyle and activities hoping that they get used to the new home but you see, a puppy develops clingy behavior when it has no reason to be self-sufficient. It is because all their behavior is dependent upon humans at the time.

It’s a good feeling your pup wants to snuggle with you. However, there are other things to take care of and it’s just terrible to leave the pup alone.

Traumatizing events

Traumatized Dog

Chihuahuas get traumatized when experiencing events such as a dog attack when walking, or someone might even have stepped on the tail. So they get really clingy when recovering from the terrifying incidents.

Traumatizing memories

It’s generally considered that chihuahuas can’t actually retain memories. It happens to be untrue. Canines can get access to spatial memory as well as procedural memory. Those who don’t know – we remember and locate incidents from spatial memory while procedural memory helps us to learn the action and consequence and thus, the dog training.

Therefore, chihuahuas also recall panic and fear when we expose them to similar incidents that might have spooked them.

Canine health issues

dog health issues

It’s important to make sure that your chihuahua hasn’t any injury, or is ill, and is normal when your chihuahua retreat when it is in some discomfort or is ill.

By the way, some drugs allow the canines to feel extremely vulnerable to weakened physical capacity. When exposed to this vulnerable scenario, a puppy acts with a powerful primal instinct – to protect itself. On the other hand, they are under the care of fellow humans so they might not be aggressive but will try to seek human attention. The attention can be never-ending.

Another possible health problem for a chihuahua is the slipped kneecap a problem we call also “locating patella“. Most of the time, it causes severe pain for only a while. Then there are a few cases where it causes the chihuahua s to feel the initial pain but discomfort arises when the canine moves in a certain way.


Moreover, if your chihuahua is showing changes like fever, restlessness, resistance, shivering, lack of appetite, and drastic changes in bowel habits you can expect some kind of clingy behavior. Try to address the problem as quickly as possible.

Owner – pet time

You may have reduced the bonding time with your chihuahua recently and it can cause to backfire. When you change the schedule a dog unexpectedly becomes clingy when the bonding time with their favorite human was scheduled.

The routine behaviors are good for the chihuahuas as they anticipate that certain things are going to happen. However, they easily panic when the events don’t turn out.

In the same way, a chihuahua also acts instinctively and clings to the owner like it’s the last time.

Old age

When they grow old they will face problems like vision problems. This sure causes discomfort. So it’s normal for chihuahuas to cling to their favorite owners. When it can’t really depend upon its sight, they want to lean on the owner.

When the chihuahua gets older, there is a chance that there is an occurrence of an issue we call “Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome“. This causes your chihuahua to get confused and really anxious and lean on clingy behaviors.

However, the owners should not worry much because medication or surgery can cure blindness issues.

There can be lots of reasons for clinginess as each chihuahua has their own window of the outside environment and their perception evolves when they get older.



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