Chihuahuas chew their feet primarily to scratch an itch. Aside from the occasional itch from going outside, paw-chewing can be a sign of depression or anxiety. Note the context – when is your dog doing this? What have you just done together? Also, consider how much exercise your dog is getting – if it’s less than 30 minutes a day, you need to take your dog out more.
Chihuahuas are little characters and today we’re going to answer breed-specific questions that have been trending the most this week. Why do Chihuahuas shake? Are they jealous dogs? Find out more about their habits by reading on!
Table of Contents
- Why do Chihuahuas shake?
- What are the bad traits of a Chihuahua?
- Are Chihuahuas high maintenance?
- Why do Chihuahuas attach to one person?
- Why do Chihuahuas go under blankets?
- Why does my Chihuahua lick me so much?
- Why does my Chihuahua stare at me?
- How do you punish a Chihuahua?
- How can I make my Chihuahua more friendly?
- Are Chihuahuas jealous dogs?
Why do Chihuahuas shake?
Chihuahuas are known for shaking, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are cold. These little dogs have very high metabolisms, so much to the point that they can start shaking when they get nervous or simply excited during play.
That said, shaking can SOMETIMES mean that they are cold. Those fast metabolisms come at a price, so keep a spare blanket around when the temperature starts going down. Your Chihuahua can be cold even when it seems only mildly cool to you and they’ll appreciate having a blanket close to you to burrow in.
What are the bad traits of a Chihuahua?
The traits that most non-Chihuahua owners seems to dislike start with the dog’s barking habits. These little dogs are quite vocal, in part because they are very territorial, but also as a way to be more intimidating despite their size.
Chihuahuas are also quite fragile and their tendency to choose one person, while snubbing everyone else, is also a trait that can make them unpopular with your friends and others. Finally, these dogs require a lot of attention and not everyone has the time for this commitment.
Are Chihuahuas high maintenance?
Chihuahuas are wonderful dogs but they do fall into the ‘high maintenance’ category. Care must be taken because of their size, as a tumble off of the couch could break these little dog’s legs quite easily. Birds of prey are actually a danger with this breed, so all outdoor time must be carefully supervised.
They can also be quite needy in their attention requirements and aside from being very stubborn when they don’t want to do something, they also have a jealous streak a mile wide. These little guys are quite the characters, but their size and attitudes require a serious commitment from their owners and not everyone is up to the task.
Why do Chihuahuas attach to one person?
Chihuahuas have the habit of giving their hearts to one person and everyone else can basically ‘go jump in a lake’. This is quite charming if you are the one that’s chosen, but your friends might be a bit irritated that your dog constantly snubs attempts to pet them or otherwise interact.
You can tone down this tendency a bit by giving your friends access to treats during visits, so that they can occasionally give one to your dog while visiting. This can help to ‘break the ice’ and soften your Chihuahuas aversion to strangers.
Why do Chihuahuas go under blankets?
Chihuahuas are burrowers. This is a natural dog instinct, as these animals are den dwellers, but Chihuahuas demonstrate this behavior more often than just about any other breed.
When it starts to get chilly, don’t be surprised if your little one pushes their nose under the edge of the blanket and wiggles their way under the covers to sleep close to you. This is instinctual and once you get to having dog-warmed feet in the winter then you’ll appreciate this perk of the breed.
Why does my Chihuahua lick me so much?
Chihuahuas like to lick and there’s almost no getting around it. This is done to show affection, but it is also grooming behavior. While Chihuahuas don’t have as much of a pack mentality as other dogs, they do like to create a ‘pack of 2’, and since you are part of that then grooming is part and parcel of that package.
You may be able to teach them to lick less by distracting them with a treat and a scratch behind the ears, so that they can’t easily lick you, but this method’s success will vary from dog to dog. You might just have to get used to this behavior and take it for the compliment it is intended to be.
Why does my Chihuahua stare at me?
Chihuahuas sometimes stop and stare at their owners. This seems a little weird, but it’s actually a behavior that’s quite common with all dogs. They stare at their owners, looking especially into their eyes, as a form of adoration and expression of love.
Dogs have been around humans enough that a shared stare can produce oxytocin in the brain, which is a chemical associated with love, so if you’ve been wondering if your furry friend really loves you then that staring is actually a definite sign that the answer is ‘yes’.
How do you punish a Chihuahua?
Punishing a Chihuahua is not a good idea. Your Chi won’t understand it, for one thing, and worse – they can think that you are just being cruel. At best, this will make your dog get stubborn with you and worst case, it can erode their trust.
Teach your dog by rewarding good behavior with praise and a treat. It is a slow process, but over time the reinforcement of every thing your dog does right will result in them doing all of these things. This will push away bad behavior, because eventually realize that you’re never happy when they do certain things.
How can I make my Chihuahua more friendly?
Your Chihuahua needs to socialize more, if you don’t want them to attach to you and hate (or merely tolerate) the rest of the world. These dogs are perfectly happy with a pack that consists of you and them, so you need to broaden their social horizons.
Regular play with a friend or neighbor’s dog is a good start. Also, when your friends visit, put a container of treats where they can easily be reached and tossed to your Chihuahua. Your dog will slowly warm up to them and start making new friends, which will greatly reduce the chances of them becoming codependent on you!
Are Chihuahuas jealous dogs?
Chihuahuas are inherently jealous, so you need to either schedule some daily attention or try to introduce them to other dogs and your friends so that they will be less jealous of your attentions. These dogs can sometimes become codependent, so socialization will be vital to keep this from happening.