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Ways Chihuahuas Communicate With Their Owners

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Who says you and your Chihuahua can’t communicate just because you don’t speak the same language? You can totally vibe together! All you have to do is tune in to your dog’s body language and the things going on around them.

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Let’s spill the tea on the top ways your Chihuahua tries to communicate with you:

Check out their ears:

When your Chi’s ears perk up, they’re totally into something! They heard your snack bag crinkling, or maybe they just heard their name. If their ears are flat against their head, they’re not okay with something going on. If they’ve got droopy ears, they’re showing they’re totally fine with you being the boss.

Pawing at you:

Your Chihuahua pawing at you is like your friend tapping you on the shoulder to ask for something. They’re looking for some food, attention, playtime, or just a nice belly rub.

Nose nudge:

Your pup pushing their snout against you is their way of saying, “Hey, check this out!” or “Give me some more of those belly rubs.”

In the eyes:

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. If your Chihuahua’s giving you the “stink eye” without blinking, they’re basically saying, “Back off, buddy!” But if they look at you with puppy-dog eyes, they could be begging for a treat or just showing you some love.

If they avoid eye contact, they’re probably feeling a bit stressed out.

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Bark it out:

Alright, this one’s obvious, but your little buddy’s got more in their vocal arsenal than just barking. They might also “talk” to you with different sounds. And, nope, it’s not always easy to figure out if they’re just chatting or growling.

But if your pooch looks chill and has a wagging tail while making those noises, they’re probably just “talking.”

Licking you:

If your Chihuahua’s licking you, they’re saying, “I love you!” or “Chill out, everything’s cool.” But if the licking gets to be too much, just turn away or pull back the part they’re licking, and they’ll get the hint.


Yeah, we humans know it’s rude to yawn mid-conversation, but for dogs, it’s a way to speak up! Besides saying, “Man, I’m beat,” a yawn from your Chihuahua can mean they’re feeling a bit anxious.

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Jumping on you:

If your Chihuahua is bouncing all over you with a wagging tail, yipping, and a wriggly body, they’re happy to see you! They might also be hoping for some treats, cuddles, or a good play session.

Wagging their tails:

You’d think a wagging tail is all about being happy, right? Not always! A tail wagging super fast and held high can mean your little guy’s getting aggressive.

A slow wag can mean they’re feeling unsure about the new person who just walked into the room.

Sideways jump:

A sideways jump usually means your Chihuahua’s got the zoomies and wants to play! But if they’re growling or have a stiff tail, they might be getting a bit feisty.

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Rolling Over:

If your Chihuahua rolls over and exposes their belly to you, this is a sign of trust and submission. They’re essentially saying, “I trust you completely!”

Nipping or Biting:

While it’s not an ideal form of communication, some Chihuahuas may nip or bite to express discomfort or fear. It’s essential to address this behavior and make sure your dog feels safe.

Pacing or Circling:

If your Chihuahua starts pacing or circling, it could be a sign of anxiety or excitement. For instance, they might do this when they’re eager to go out for a walk or when they’re stressed about something.

Leaning Into You:

If your dog leans into you or rests against you, it’s often a sign of affection. They’re saying, “I love being close to you!”


Whining can be a sign of distress, frustration, or a desire for attention. It’s another vocal way your Chihuahua might express their feelings or needs.

fawn chihuahua dog with toy

Carrying Toys to You:

If your Chihuahua brings you a toy, it might be an invitation to play. They’re saying, “Let’s have some fun!”

Snuggling or Curling Up:

If your Chihuahua chooses to snuggle with you or curl up in your lap, they’re showing trust and affection. They’re saying, “You’re my safe place, and I love being near you!”

young blond woman snuggling chocolate chihuahua

Final Thoughts

Remember, each dog is unique and may have their own special ways of communicating with you. It’s all about paying attention to their behaviors and responding to their needs.

Have you noticed other ways your Chihuahua communicates with you? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Also Read:

Understanding your dog’s body language

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Cathy Bendzunas

Pet Blogger

I have had dogs all my life. I have been a pet groomer, worked in a pet hotel, and a kennel, and have bred and showed dogs.

Florence Flashman

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

My little girl Izel, keeps me laughing she has lots of come on mom moves. I'm not proud of this one but thankful at least one of us is smart. Unfortunately I sometimes forget to give her fresh water. She likes her water fresh and cold. As the day goes on if I haven't given her fresh water. She stares at me, if I don't get the hint right away. She gets my attention and goes and lay next to her bowl with a stare I can feel from across the room. Once I see her I fill her bowl with fresh water and she gives me a big grin. As if to say good girl mom. Lol!

Cathy Bendzunas

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

LOL, good girl Izel.

Julie Cameron

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

I am a night owl an when we go to bed, after bout 5 minutes my Heidi likes to crawl up from under the doona an scrath at the back of my head to lt me know it is her dinnertime, so we have to get back up and go to the kitchen to allow her to eat and drink. When she does this ad I turn the bedside light on I look at her and she looks at me as if to say "come on mum, I'm hungry and has a begging expression on her face so comical I cannot help but laugh. I love her so much.

Cathy Bendzunas

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

LOL, she has you trained! But I get it. How can you say no when they look so cute. Just out of curiosity, why don't you feed her before yall go to bed?


Friday 2nd of June 2023

Bella my chihuahua comes up to me when i am sitting down and she wants to give me a doggy kiss and i love it when she shows affection in that way.

Cathy Bendzunas

Friday 2nd of June 2023

Aww, sweet girl!