Training Your Chihuahua Puppy

Six tips to keep in mind when training the Chihuahua puppy.

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Then, when your puppy is comfortable in the collar, attach a small lightweight lead. The one you select must have a secure catch, yet be simple to attach and release as necessary. Until now, your puppy has simply gone where he has pleased and will find it very strange to be attached to someone restricting his movements. For this reason, when training my own puppies, I like to allow them to take me for the first few sessions. I then start to exert a little pressure, and soon enough training can start in earnest, with the puppy coming with me as I lead the way. It is usual to begin training the puppy to walk on your left-hand side. When this has been accomplished to your satisfaction, you can try moving him on your right, but there is absolutely no hurry. If you plan to show your Chihuahua, you will generally move your dog on your left, but there are occasions when it is necessary also to move him on your right so as not to obstruct the judge's view.

Next step: Taking Your Chihuahua Puppy Outside

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Chihuahua © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Darlene   Gloversville, NY

7/24/2008 9:02:58 AM

Just wanted to let people know that if your puppy is tiny, a harness is much safer and not as heavy as a collar. Because Chi's are prone to tracheal collapse problems anyway, it's not an extra strain if you put them in a harness that fits them well. Also, if they are in danger, you can pick them up safely with a harness from the ground.

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Micky   El Paso, TX

1/21/2007 8:20:13 PM

I have a 6 month old puppy. Very good tips.

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