Most people will do almost anything for their four-legged baby. As a puppy, their Chihuahua may be inclined to shower them with affection; the kind that generates a tighter bond with everyone in the family.
One of the greatest challenges in training your new pooch is to keep it calm and avoid having accidents inside the house. Eventually, you will get the puppy accustomed to stepping outside to take care of its business and everything suddenly makes all the sense in the world.
The other problem with your pet is how to train it to stop jumping on people, especially when they first walk into your home. This may seem like a natural response for you and your family, but guests are not always appreciative of an over-zealous animal.
Establishing The Ground Rules
The first thing to remember is that your dog can be trained to do almost anything you want him to. However, if he carries out one behavior behind doors, you will need to separate a public behavior with an identifier. This can be accomplished through body language or verbal commands.It takes longer to train them that it’s okay to jump on you at home but not okay to do it with other people.
If you don’t have a problem with the dog jumping on you when nobody else is around, he will think that the behavior is acceptable, and he will look forward to welcoming everyone the same way. It will probably be easier to train the dog not to jump on anyone at anytime.
Understanding The Purpose
When it comes to training your pet, the more you know about your Chi, the easier it will be to accomplish your goal. Training a dog to wait until they are outside to potty is simple enough to understand, for both you and the animal.
In the case of jumping on people, this is the way your pet will try to show you affection; which is why some people have a hard time controlling the action.
Dog owners may feel like they are restricting the affection being shown by their fur babies if they stop them from expressing themselves. The problem with that method of thinking is that even a small Chihuahua could end up knocking someone over in the excitement.
Once the decision has been made that jumping on people is not a good idea, it is time to explain it to your dog.
You will need two people to make this easier for the dog to understand. With a leash attached to your animal, command her to sit next to you. The order to sit is an easy one and most dogs follow that one without a challenge, unless they become distracted and simply want to translate that excitement to their pet parent.
The second person helping you with the training habit should begin to approach you only after your dog has been seated for at least 30 seconds to a minute. The dog will respond to the other person based on their familiarity to them.
If your Chihuahua recognizes the person walking towards you, the natural response would be for him to welcome them and because talking is out of the question, the jumping (which is hugging to them) will be the next-best thing.
Because your goal is to avoid the jumping, when the dog gets up and gets ready to jump on the person approaching it will be your cue to command him to sit.
As you instruct your dog to maintain control the person approaching should come to a complete stop until the dog is once again seated. With the dog seated, your partner in training should continue their approach.
It is important to remember that your dog will need lots of practice to become an expert at this habit, especially since it is considered a second nature to her. As the pet parent of your Chihuahua, you will need to have a lot of patience, but just as you were successful with her bladder control, this too shall be achieved. Consistency and practice is the key.
Like most training exercises you will need to engage in this one as often as possible. Even after your dog has mastered the jumping challenge, there may be occasions when they slip back into a routine. Finally, when training your dog, it is a good idea to switch up the people being used in the exercise.
Have you had this problem with your Chihuahua jumping on people? If so, how did you deal with it? Please feel free to share any tips you have in the comments!
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