chihuahua training: learn how to stop your chihuahua from barking!

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stop chihuahua from barking

chihuahuas love to bark.  it’s a perfectly natural thing for them to do, just as it’s normal for us humans to speak.  it’s when our chihuahuas bark excessively that it becomes a problem for all concerned, including the neighbors.  the goal isn’t to to stop our chihuahuas from barking, but rather learn how to control the excessive barking.

“is a chihuahua the right pet for you?   find out in caring for your chihuahua made easy:  breed information, health care and nutrition.”

the fact is, chihuahuas bark.  they do it when they’re excited or when they sense danger.  some do it when they’re bored – or worse, for no reason at all. in these cases, you want to teach your chihuahua that barking is only permitted under certain circumstances.

the first step in modifying this problem is to determine the reason why your chihuahua is barking in the first place.  once you’ve identified the cause or trigger, you can then plan your training solution.

why do chihuahuas bark?

  • to express their needs (being bossy).
  • they are staking out their territory.
  • to alert other members of their pack (that’s you and your family) of impending danger.
  • when playing, just through sheer excitement.
  • barking at other animals. depending on where you are in the world, it could be squirrels or any other small animal.
  • if they are isolated.
  • some chihuahuas bark excessively when separated from their pack (you and your family).
  • if they are trapped behind some type of barrier like a fence or window.
  • just for fun!
  • to express dominance (puppies normally test you out at some stage with a display of dominance barking).
  • they bark because their owners have inadvertently rewarded excessive barking in the past (this is crucial to understand)
  • through boredom or a lack of physical and mental stimulation.
  • may feel stressed or uncomfortable for some reason. things like feeling threatened or if they don’t have an appropriate place to sleep can cause excessive barking problems.chihuahuas that haven’t been properly socialized often become nuisance barkers.
  • may be looking for a response or some attention from their pack.

keep in mind that even though it may appear to you that your chihuahua is barking at nothing, this is not necessarily the case.

this is because your chihuahua has a much more acute sense of hearing, smell and sight than us humans.  your chihuahua’s excessive barking is probably being triggered by something.

how to stop your chihuahua from barking

the most important piece of advice to remember when trying to modify any dog behavioral problem, is to clearly communicate to your chihuahua what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

one of the biggest mistakes us chihuahua owners make is to inadvertently reward our chihuahuas excessive barking. we actually encourage and reinforce the barking problem when we commit these three dog training sins:

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cesar millan’s best tips to stop dog barking! guaranteed results!

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chihuahua barking

dog behavior issues? cesar millan can help!

barking is natural!  it’s an important means of communication for all dogs, but sometimes problems can develop.  as the pack leader, it’s your job to step in and control excessive barking. here are 5 tips to help you stop nuisance barking for good.  guaranteed to work for chihuahuas!

1. correct dog problem behavior and follow through.

Tell your dog to stop barking using a look, a sound, or a physical correction.  But don’t stop there.  Your dog may pause and then go right back to what he was doing.  His body relaxed, but his brain was still on alert.  Be patient.  Wait until your dog completely submits before you go back to what you were doing.

2. stay calm when trying to stop dog barking.

Constant barking can be irritating, but you won’t be able to correct the dog behavior problem if you are frustrated.  Animals don’t follow unbalanced leaders.  In fact, your dog will mirror your energy.  If you’re frustrated, he will be, too!  And barking is a great release for that frustrated energy.  Take a moment to curb your own internal barking first.


3. stake your claim to stop the barking.

is your dog barking over and over again at the same object, person, situation, or place?  Then you need to step up and claim that stimulus as your own.  Use your body, your mind, and your calm-assertive energy to create an invisible wall that your dog is not allowed to cross.  Do it with 100% dedication and focus, and the results may surprise you.

4. stop the barking by challenging your dog mentally and physically.

excessive barking is often the result of pent-up energy.  If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways.  Does your dog receive a daily walk?  Can you make the walk more challenging with a bicycle, a backpack, or by walking on an incline?  Can you provide more mental challenges, such as herding, agility training, or simple obedience games?  There are many, many ways to increase the challenges in your dog’s life.  Find one that you enjoy that your dog can participate in safely.

5. get professional help to stop dog barking.

When you brought this dog into your life, you made a commitment to provide the care he needs.  Prevent dog barking, and other dog behavior problems by calling in a canine professional to help him cope with a behavior issue.

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train your chihuahua with cesar millan’s dog training tips and tricks

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tune into cesar milan's the dog whisperer and discover tips and tricks to train your chihuahua!

One of the most popular shows on TV right now is Cesar Millan’s The Dog Whisperer. Cesar has an uncanny ability to rehabilitate dogs from all backgrounds. His work with tougher breeds has been phenomenal and has given many dogs a second chance. Working with traditionally aggressive breeds like pit bulls and small protective dog breeds like chihuahuas has allowed Cesar to succeed with communicating and rehabilitating dogs in a matter of minutes.

Cesar’s show on National Geographic can be viewed through DirecTV, which you can learn more about at, and through other media providers. His international appeal has provided him with great success outside of the United States as well.

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long haired vs. short haired chihuahuas: which is right for you?

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teaka the famous chihuahua is a short-haired, smooth-coat chihuahua

There are two recognized chihuahua breeds according to akc chihuahua breed standards, long haired and short haired. Otherwise known as long coat and smooth coat chihuahua. Genetically they both are of the same breed, but the main difference is their coat. The long haired obviously has a longer coat of hair that is of a smooth silky like texture and sometimes fluffy looking. The short haired chihuahua commonly known as smooth coat, has a shorter coat of hair which is not that smooth. The hair is fine and needle like.

The coat of a long haired and smooth coat chihuahua is generally opposite of what they sound. This is a mistake most people make when choosing which chihuahua to take home. Long haired chihuahuas are smoother to touch and actually shed less hair than their shorter haired counterparts. They will need brushing, around yearly trimming and grooming, but surprisingly a short haired chihuahua will require more brushing and regular grooming.

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