Picture this: you’ve just brought home the tiniest, sassiest little ball of fur that we humans affectionately call a Chihuahua.
As you’re getting to know your new best bud, you notice some peculiar behaviors. Little Chi-Chi doesn’t seem to dig the vacuum cleaner as much as you thought he would. Or maybe he’s not as thrilled with that new harness as you were when you spotted it on sale.
Well, my friend, welcome to the wild world of Chihuahuas! These pint-sized pups have a big personality, and with it comes a list of likes and dislikes as long as a Great Dane’s tail. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Let’s dive into the things Chihuahuas can’t stand, shall we?
You might enjoy the rumble of a thunderstorm, but your Chihuahua doesn’t. These little guys are known to be sensitive to loud noises, and a crack of thunder can send them scurrying under the nearest piece of furniture.
Fireworks are another no-no. The booms, bangs, and whistles are all a bit too much for your Chihuahua’s delicate ears. Trust me, New Year’s Eve ot 4th of July inside with a cozy blanket is much more their speed.
Check out this post on how to help your chihuahua handle the loud noises.
Vacuum cleaners – the mortal enemy of many a Chihuahua. The noise, the movement, the threatening way it sucks up all their shed fur (how dare it!) – it’s just too much to handle. So, don’t be surprised if your Chihuahua retreats to a safe distance whenever it’s cleaning day.
Chihuahuas are pretty much solar-powered pups. They absolutely loathe the cold. So if you’re living in a place where temperature drops are common, invest in some good quality doggy sweaters. Your Chihuahua will thank you.
Speaking of cold, wet surfaces are a big nope. Chihuahuas aren’t exactly fans of wading through puddles or wet grass. They’re more of a sunbathing kind of breed.
Remember when we talked about that on-sale harness? Yeah, if it doesn’t fit just right, it’s a no-go. Chihuahuas hate being uncomfortable, and a too-tight or too-loose harness is a sure ticket to Discomfort City.
Like humans, Chihuahuas value their personal space. Abrupt or invasive touches, especially from unfamiliar people, can stress them out. Always approach your Chihuahua gently, and remember to teach others how to respect their boundaries.
Strangers and New Environments
Look, kids are great, but they can be a bit… much, especially for a small pup like a Chihuahua. The noise, the unpredictable movements, the grabby hands—it can all be overwhelming.
Meeting new people can be stressful for a Chihuahua. They’re a breed known for their loyalty, which means they sometimes take a while to warm up to strangers.
New environments can also be a source of stress. Moving to a new home or even visiting a new park can be a big deal for your little buddy. Take it slow and let them adjust at their own pace.
Chihuahuas, despite their size, can be picky eaters. They might turn their nose up at certain flavors, so it might take some trial and error to find the meals they love.
Other Pets and Animals
Just because they’re dogs doesn’t mean they automatically love all other dogs. In fact, Chihuahuas can be a bit wary of unfamiliar dogs, especially if they’re much larger.
Cats are another story. Some Chihuahuas get along fabulously with felines, while others… not so much. It really depends on the individual dogs and cats.
Other Things Chihuahuas Hate
Chihuahuas, like most dogs, thrive on routine. They like knowing when it’s time for meals, walks, playtime, and bed. Keeping a consistent schedule helps reduce stress and anxiety for your Chihuahua. So, try to avoid frequent changes to your daily routine that might confuse or upset your furry friend.
Lack of Mental Stimulation
Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are intelligent and energetic dogs. They love playing with toys, learning new tricks, and going on adventures with their humans.
They can get bored if they don’t have enough mental and physical stimulation, leading to destructive behaviors like chewing or excessive barking. Make sure to provide them with plenty of toys and engage them in regular play sessions to keep their minds sharp and bodies active.
Too Much Alone Time
Chihuahuas are extremely social and form strong bonds with their human families. They hate being left alone for long periods and can develop separation anxiety, which can manifest in behaviors like excessive barking, chewing, and even depression.
If you have to leave them alone for an extended period, consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a friend or family member to keep them company.
And there you have it, a snapshot into the world of Chihuahuas and all their adorable quirks. Remember, every pup is unique, so your Chihuahua might not hate everything on this list. The key is to spend quality time with your little friend, get to know them, and respect their individual likes and dislikes. Happy bonding!
Please be sure to leave a comment and tell me what your chihuahua hates.
I’m an avid dog lover and I’ve had many dogs throughout my life. When I rescued my first Chihuahua, I was hooked on the breed.
I have had dogs all my life and have trained as a dog groomer. I also have been a kennel worker, worked in a pet hotel through PetSmart, and still am a pet sitter.
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