Some Chihuahuas might like to be held, but that doesn’t mean they all do. We assume that most domestic animals like when we pick them up, pet them, hold them. It is most evident when it comes to our cats and small dogs. We sometimes treat them like human babies and maybe disregard their true nature.
This article will cover some conflicting approaches, which is why there is no definite consensus. Here are 11 questions that will help you make your personal decision while clarifying some confusing points.
Table of Contents
- Should you treat your Chihuahua like a baby?
- Are you hurting your Chihuahua if you hold it?
- What are the signs that your Chihuahua wants to be held?
- What are the signs that your Chihuahua does not like to be held?
- Why wouldn’t a dog want to be held?
- Can we hold all little dogs?
- Are you just invading their space?
- Your dog does not like to be held. Now what?
- Should you hug your dog?
- Are you the leader of the pack?
- Is your act of showing love seen as love by them?
Should you treat your Chihuahua like a baby?
As babies and toddlers, we like to be held by our parents. However, that need diminishes as we grow older. When looking at Chihuahuas, we could only be seeing their size, not their age. Assuming they loved being held as puppies, we fail to realize that an old Chihuahua’s needs might have changed. And just because your dog may tolerate your actions and not “complain” does not mean that it’s OK.
Are you hurting your Chihuahua if you hold it?
Most dogs owners will probably start by saying that it is not an “it” but a “he” or a “she.” “They are part of the family; they are our babies,” they will say. If you hold your Chihuahua like you hold a baby or a toddler, you are probably hurting it. Instead of lifting your dog by its front limbs, support it by the chest and pelvis. You want to make sure that gravity is not pulling down on your dogs hind legs or butt – those should be supported by your forearms to prevent any discomfort of them hanging. Knowing how to pick up your small dog correctly is essential for its health and wellbeing.
What are the signs that your Chihuahua wants to be held?
A dog that wants to be held will whine, bark with excitement, stand against you, and try to jump on you. It will seem over-excited but should be relaxed and calm once in your arms. Your dog still needs to get accustomed to the sensation of being picked up, lifted, and placed into your arms. Do not loom over your dog.
What are the signs that your Chihuahua does not like to be held?
A dog that does not want to be held will give clear signals. It might yelp, growl, bark, and even run to its favorite hiding place. Those are a few signs of discomfort and displeasure, and there are many more. You should know your dog to recognize those signs. The CDC reports that half of the 4.5 million dog bites in the USA occur with a familiar dog at home. Children from 5 to 9 years of age are at the highest risk.
Why wouldn’t a dog want to be held?
There could be a long list of reasons. The most common ones could be anterior traumatic experiences. Once in your arms, your dog is prevented from moving freely. It is also impossible to run if it is being held far from the ground, thus putting it in a state of fear.
Can we hold all little dogs?
You would never pick up your Great Dane and hold it. Yet, your Chihuahua is more often in your arms than on its legs. Because we can hold all little dogs does not mean that we should. Some enjoy it, and some do not. Dogs like Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are breeds that seem to enjoy being held and cuddled by their owners. On the other side, Irish Wolfhounds and Afghan Hounds hate being held.
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Are you just invading their space?
By constantly picking your dogs up, you might be causing them unnecessary stress. They can’t get away from anything that scares them or makes them uncomfortable while in your arms. Also, be careful not to end up with a dog with separation anxiety. Carrying your pup around all day can cause both psychological and physical harm.
Your dog does not like to be held. Now what?
Like most things with dogs, you need patience and repetition. Start by pairing touch with treats, then slowly increasing the invasiveness until gently restraining your dog. Finally, increase the firmness of your embrace, all while continuing to reward your dog after each hug. Your dog might not like to be held at first, but if you keep doing it while it’s the most relaxed, it will eventually be OK with it.
Should you hug your dog?
Many dogs will accept your hugs, but some will feel threatened or angry. It would be best to learn to recognize the signs by paying attention to their body language. If the dog tenses up, avoids eye contact and puts its ears back against its head, this is probably not a good time for a hug. Whoever is hugging the dog could be at risk of serious injury. Also, even if your dog tolerates hugs from you, they might not be OK with one coming from a stranger or a young child.
Are you the leader of the pack?
Dogs do not understand exceptions to the rules. Therefore it is essential to be consistent. If you’re not going to hold your Chihuahua while wearing your work suit, you should not do it while you’re wearing your gym clothes either. When things are predictable, they are less confusing and stressful for your beloved pets. Furthermore, your dog needs to sleep, play or take a break from the family, so hovering over them all the time is probably not good.
Is your act of showing love seen as love by them?
When it comes to dogs, holding them, hugging them, and cuddling them is a way to show affection. In return, they have their own ways of showing us how they feel about this bond. But although some breeds seem to enjoy the way you treat them, they could just be merely tolerating your crazy behaviors hoping for a belly rub or a tasty treat
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.