9 Things You Know To Be True If Your Chihuahua Runs Your Life

1. This is your sleeping situation: You’re fine with it as long as you don’t think about how your bed buddy totally walks around outside without any shoes on. 2. Breakfast is served promptly at 7 a.m. 3. Your dog gets a little piece of whatever you’re

eating. 4. Working from home looks like this: 5. If you have a free hand, and it’s not petting your dog, you are in trouble. 6- When they misbehave and you have to reprimand them, you feel so bad about it that you have to sit down in the bathroom and collect yourself after. 7-When you have to go out of town and leave them behind, they give you this face. 8-Your dog has a special spot on the couch. 9. And you know Bath Day means turning your home into a one-stop doggie spa.

14 Signs You Are A Crazy Chihuahua Person

1. This is a 100% real picture of you in the future. 2. Things that are normally for human children are now for your chihuahuas… 3. …because your chihuahua is your child. 4. No matter where you are, no matter what streets you have to cross, if you see a chihuahua you MUST say hello to him.

5. Chihuahuas flock to you as if they innately understand that you are a crazy chihuahua person. 6. You are a hit with every chihuahua you meet. 7. You have trouble finding a significant other because nobody is as great as your chihuahua.

8. This is your ideal family dinner. 9. You’ve skipped going out tons of times because leaving your chihuahua is too painful. 10. You spend tons of money on chihuahua toys and beds that either get destroyed or remain unused.

11. You get REALLY excited when the weekend comes so you can spend all of your time with your chihuahuas. 12. Some people have names picked out for their children. You have names picked out for your future chihuahuas.

13. So even though people might think you’re a little nuts… 14. …it doesn’t matter, because chihuahuas know you’re great!

Tracheal Collapse in Chihuahuas

One of the biggest issues we hear from Chihuahua owners is wondering why their dog keeps coughing. Most likely it’s reverse sneezing which is very common in Chihuahuas. It could also be Kennel Cough which is highly contagious. But it may be a more serious issue called Tracheal Collapse.

This condition is common in many small dogs, including Chihuahuas.

Causes of Tracheal Collapse Dogs with tracheal collapse have tracheas that are not shaped the way they should be. They flatten which causes the dog to struggle to get enough air.

The dog may be born with this defect or they can develop it later on. Some of the things that cause it are:

Cushing’s disease Heart disease Chronic bronchitis Injury to the throat (which is why you should always use a harness with a leash instead of attaching the leash to your dog’s collar) Bacterial or viral infections Obesity Second-hand cigarette smoke A congenital birth defect

Symptoms of Tracheal Collapse Tracheal Collapse most often is described as sounding like a “goose honk”. If your dog starts doing this when exercising or excited, while eating or drinking, they may have a collapsed trachea. Their gums may get a bluish tinge to them.

Treatments of Tracheal Collapse It’s important that your dog get treated if he has this condition because it will get progressively worse without treatment. Treatments for tracheal collapse include:

Corticosteroids which reduces the inflammation Antibiotics depending on the cause of the disease Cough suppressants A weight loss program (if obesity is the cause) Surgery (in extreme cases) Reverse Sneezing or Tracheal Collapse It’s often difficult to know whether your dog’s coughing is caused by tracheal collapse or the less severe reverse sneezing. The symptoms are very similar.

If your dog coughs when excited or after eating or drinking, or turns her elbows outward and extends her neck and gasps inward with a rhythmic snork snork snork , this is reverse sneezing.

If she breathes with a raspy sound, or coughs reflexively when you simply rub her throat, she could have a collapsing trachea.

Also if she coughs with one or two expulsive outward bursts, typically with a gag or empty retch at the end, she could have a collapsing trachea.

Here’s an example of a Chi with reverse sneezing:

They sound very similar don’t they? The best way to know for sure is to get your Vet to check your dog.

If you’d like to learn more about this condition, this is the best video I have seen that explains it:

Chihuahua saves a broken man and he rescues 40 dogs in return

Bobby Humphrey is a pretty big guy and for the better part of his life, he thought that’s how he liked his dogs, too. He’s always had a soft spot for Rottweilers; they’re big, cute, and furry.

He never saw himself falling in love with a Chihuahua, though.

Another thing that the bighearted guy never saw coming was the end of his 17-year marriage. The divorce came rather suddenly, and Bobby’s heart was completely shattered. It got so dark for him at one point, he considered taking his own life.

Thankfully, he had a true friend named Connie, and she wasn’t about to let him give up on life. “She literally just wouldn’t go away no matter how much I told her to. She had lost friends to that before and wasn’t going to lose me. My friend, Connie, had shown me what friendship really meant. No matter what I needed, she was there for me. Needless to say, I feel I owe to her quite a bit,” Bobby divulges in an interview with I Heart Dogs.

Then one day, an opportunity came for Bobby to return Connie’s friendship. She had to move and couldn’t bring her cherished Chihuahua, Lady, with her. She asked Bobby to keep her at his place temporarily until she could figure things out.

At first, Bobby was slightly hesitant. He had the pleasure of meeting the Chihuahua before, and she didn’t seem too keen on other people. Then again, how could he ever refuse the friend that was there for him when he needed it the most. He was willing to do anything to help Connie out, and with that thought, he told her he would take Lady in. Connie had to drop her Chihuahua off at Bobby’s while he was at work. So, when he got home, he approached Lady with a fair amount of caution. The big, burly guy suddenly realized he had no cause for concern. Lady climbed right up into his lap for some attention.

This wasn’t a normal occurrence for Lady, though. Connie couldn’t believe what she was seeing when she stopped in to check on them. “[Connie] swore she’s never seen anything like this, this dog hates everybody. Lady and I have been literally inseparable ever since,” Bobby explains.

That is when Bobby discovered something about himself; he LOVES the little dogs! After some time, Connie was able to get situated and bring Lady back home with her again. Bobby felt her absence acutely and soon found himself looking to adopt his own Chihuahua. He settled on Kira, a senior dog. She was rescued from a solitary life in a house with mud-caked floors. She was wary of humans, and so Bobby slowly showed her that she was safe and could trust people again.

Not much later, the “big dog” guy decided he wanted to raise some puppies, too. After browsing through Petfinder, he found Harley. When Bobby realized that they were in awful living conditions, he took on Harley’s sister, Quinn, too.

Bobby began adopting more and more Chihuahuas. He just couldn’t bear to see one without a good, loving home and proper care. After his home began to swarm with them, though, he came up with a brilliant plan. Bobby created Big Guy Littles World Sanctuary, his very own rescue group dedicated to saving chihuahuas.

The rescue has saved the lives of over 40 dogs. Bobby takes special care to thoroughly vet any would-be adopters so when he adopts out one of his furbabies out, he knows it’s to the perfect forever home.

“We rescue Chihuahuas who are living horrible lives, abused, starving, disabled, mental issues, etc. We give them either a furever home with us where they will never have to experience neglect or anything like that again, or we nurse them back to health and adopt them out! We just want to help as many babies as we can,” explained Bobby. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

CHIHUAHUAS: WHAT’S GOOD AND BAD ABOUT CHIHUAHUA DOGS

Chihuahua Temperament – What’s Good About Them/ What’s Bad About Them Chihuahuas are comical, entertaining, and loyal little dogs, absolutely brimming with personality – often a quirky and eccentric personality unmatched by any other breed. Other than that generalisation, Chihuahuas are extremely variable. You can find individuals who are lively or placid. Bold or timid. Feisty or mellow. Confident or nervous. Stubborn or eager to please.

How a Chihuahua turns out depends mightily on the genetic temperament of his parents and grandparents. In other words, entire lines of Chihuahuas are social or antisocial, and if you bring home an individual, who has inherited genes for a bad temperament, well, let’s just say it’s not a wise thing to do. Socialization and training often can’t overcome bad genes in a Chihuahua.

But socialisation and training are still extremely important! In fact, as long as your Chihuahua has inherited genes for a normal temperament, how you raise him will determine how he turns out.

Chihuahuas do not have a particularly good reputation among the general public. Ask a few people, “Do you think Chihuahuas are nice little dogs?” and see how many of them exclaim, “No! They’re nasty little things who bite!”

I have to say that this reputation has some basis in truth. As I explained, Chihuahuas often inherit genes for a bad temperament because so many people breed Chihuahuas whose temperaments are bad. In addition, many people treat their Chihuahua like a stuffed toy or doll, or as a substitute for a human infant. They tote the Chihuahua everywhere in their arms, don’t teach any commands, laugh at signs of aggression, make excuses for bad behaviour, and soothe and coo over the dog constantly.

It’s no wonder so many Chihuahuas are neurotic! They’re made that way by their owners. All dogs, whatever their size, must be taught how to walk on their own four feet, how to do what they’re told, and how to get along peacefully with the world. Now, “getting along peacefully” doesn’t always mean that a Chihuahua LIKES everyone. On the contrary, many Chihuahuas are naturally suspicious toward strangers. But they can be suspicious without letting everyone within earshot know it, or without progressing to threats. It’s up to YOU to draw and enforce the line.

Similarly, while most Chihuahuas get along great with other pets in their own family, they tend to raise a ruckus when they spy a strange dog. Again, YOU have to put a stop to this from day one or it will get out of hand.

Fortunately, there also exist Chihuahuas who are standoffish, but who will eventually approach people in their own good time, especially if the person isn’t pushy or insistent. And some Chihuahuas are very friendly right from the get-go and will go to anyone. Chihuahuas do seem to recognize and prefer their own breed, so it’s a great idea to keep two of them. They keep each other company when you’re gone, they play together, clean each other’s ears (Chihuahuas can be obsessive ear-lickers!), and keep each other warm by snuggling together.

Chihuahuas adore warmth, oh, yes! They will seek out the tiniest sunspot in which to bask, and they tunnel under blankets and towels. You have to be careful whenever you sit down on your sofa or bed, as there could be a Chihuahua tucked under there!

The most difficult thing to teach a Chihuahua? Housebreaking. Chihuahuas can be VERY difficult to housebreak – one of the most difficult of all breeds – especially in cold or wet weather. Consider an indoor litter box, or a doggy door that leads out to a covered potty area.

If you want a dog who:

Is small and easy to carry Comes in a variety of sizes, coats, and colours Is oh-so-funny and entertaining in quirky ways (hard to describe – you got to be there!) Is very loyal Is a great traveller Doesn’t need much exercise LOVES warmth Lives a long time A Chihuahua may be right for you. If you want to deal with:

The fragility of toy breeds (see below) The fine line you need to walk with toy breeds, where you need to protect their safety, yet require them to stand on their own four feet and be well-behaved Notorious housebreaking difficulties Suspiciousness, shrillness, and high strung temperaments in some lines, or when babied or spoiled or not socialized enough or made to behave A Chihuahua may not be right for you. But you can avoid or minimise some negative traits by:

Choosing the RIGHT breeder and RIGHT puppy Or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn’t have negative traits Training your dog to respect you Avoiding health problems More traits and characteristics of Chihuahua’s If I was considering a Chihuahua, I would be most concerned about:

1. Fragility Too many people acquire a toy breed puppy without understanding how incredibly fragile a toy breed is. You can seriously injure or kill a Chihuahua by stepping on him or by sitting on him when he’s curled under a blanket or pillow, where he frequently likes to sleep. And Chihuahuas can seriously injure or kill THEMSELVES by leaping from your arms or off the back of your sofa. A larger dog can grab a Chihuahua and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what’s going on around your tiny dog. Chihuahuas must always be kept on-leash — they are just too easy to injure when not under your complete control.

Chihuahuas are NOT suited to young children, no matter how well-meaning the child. Children cannot help being clumsy, and that a child meant well is little solace to a Chihuahua who has been accidentally stepped on, sat on, rolled on, squeezed, or dropped onto the patio. Most Chihuahuas feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can’t help making — and stress and fearfulness (even defensive biting) may be the result.

2. Housebreaking issues I would put the Chihuahua on my Top 5 List of “Hard to Housebreak.” If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Chihuahuas hate both the cold and the rain. A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended. Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Chihuahua can run outside the moment he feels the urge in his tiny bladder. Read more on housebreaking your Chihuahua.

3. Socialising your Chihuahua not to threaten strangers Suspicious by nature, Chihuahuas need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural suspicion can become shrillness or downright nastiness. Many Chihuahuas will put on a display of excited ferociousness (aka “they pitch a fit”!) when other people or animals approach what they consider to be “theirs.” Which, for some Chihuahuas, extends to the entire street. It sounds funny, but it’s not, because if you don’t curtail it, your Chihuahua may end up suspicious of everyone in the world, which is a short step to biting them when they unwittingly intrude on “his space.

4. Barking Chihuahuas are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If that training is to be successful, your Chihuahua needs to respect you so that he stops barking when you tell him to. A Chihuahua who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he’s doing when you tell him “No.”

5. Shedding Chihuahua shed! Because they’re so small, their shedding is not usually a big issue for people, but I did want to make you aware that Chihuahuas shed! Since many potential owners have been misinformed that Chihuahuas are “hypoallergenic” or “light shedding.” This is not true at all.

Now, how MUCH they shed depends on what kind of coat they have.

Chihuahuas, you see, come in four coats:

Short coat, double. This is a short outer coat, plus a woolly undercoat for insulation. Because of the two layers, this coat sheds more than Short coat, single. With no undercoat, this coat looks and feels sleek and sheds less than a double coat. Long coat, double. Long outer coat, plus woolly undercoat. This coat needs the most brushing and combing, takes more blow-drying after a bath, and sheds a good deal. Some of these dogs are so bushy they resemble Pomeranians. Long coat, single.

This “long” coat is typically short-ish on the body, with feathering restricted to the ears, backs of the legs, stomach, hindquarters, and tail. A single long coat is much easier to groom than a double long coat, and sheds less than a double coat of either length. 6. Finding a healthy one and keeping him healthy Chihuahuas are more prone to injury resulting from their tiny size, rather than to illness or disease. But they ARE very prone to loose knee joints (which can require expensive surgery) and to dental disease (their mouth is too small to provide firm footing for healthy teeth) their health issues in Chihuahuas include corneal ulcers, collapsing trachea, and liver shunt.

by Michelle Welton

Study says women sleep better with a chihuahua by their sides

Does having your dog by your side while you’re in bed bring you comfort? If so you’re not alone. A recent study suggests that women sleep better with a dog by their side. It also found that women get better sleep next to their dogs than they do with human partners.

So if you let your dog sleep in bed with you don’t be ashamed — according to this study it might actually be helping you get a good night’s sleep.

How The Study Was Conducted The study was conducted by researchers at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. They collected survey data from 962 American women to investigate the relationship between pet ownership & sleep. 55% of the women in the study had at least one of their dogs sleep in their bed, 31% of the women shared their bed with a cat, and 57% shared their bed with a human partner.

Why The Study Was Conducted Previous research has revealed that sleeping with a human in bed has both positive and negative impacts on sleep, but little is known about the impacts that pets have on our sleep quality. Researchers wanted to look at what effects sharing a bed with pets has on sleep patterns and routines.

The Results of The Study According to the study dogs who slept in the owner’s bed were perceived to disturb sleep less and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security compared to human partners. Dog owners were also found to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than cat owners.

Cats who slept in their owner’s bed were reported to be equally as disruptive as human partners, and were associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners.

This research aligns with a 2015 Mayo Clinic study that evaluated the sleep of humans and dogs occupying the same bedroom to determine whether this arrangement was conducive to sleep. They found that humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency, but that the dog’s position on or off the bed made a difference.

What To Make of The Results Why do women who sleep with a dog in their bed report better sleep quality? One suggestion is that dog ownership is associated with a strict routine, so that routine may account for those participants keeping to a strict sleep schedule.

It’s important to keep in mind that these are preliminary results. Follow up research is necessary to determine whether or not a pet owners’ perception of impacts on their sleep aligns with objective measures of sleep quality.

And while I’m no scientist I’m adding this to my “another reason why dogs are awesome” pile. Having my dog sleep in my bed makes me feel secure and comfortable, and I’m certainly not alone. According to a recent survey 42% of dog owners allow their dog to sleep in bed with them at night — and judging by this study I think we’re onto something.

11 THINGS HUMANS DO THAT DOGS HATE

Dogs try to be our best friends, but boy do we ever make it difficult sometimes. Here are some of the things we do that might make dogs question whether they want to remain best buds or cut ties completely.

Using words more than body language We’re a vocal species. We love to chatter away, even at our pets, who can’t understand the vast majority of what we’re saying. Dogs might be able to deduce what a few key words mean — walk, treat, toy, off — and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border collies have done. But they can’t understand human language. What they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language. Dogs have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can figure out what you’re thinking and feeling before you even realize you’re thinking and feeling it. But we can easily send mixed signals if we are only paying attention to what our mouths are saying and not what our bodies are saying. If you go to any beginning dog training class, you’ll see plenty of people saying one thing, doing another, and a confused dog trying to figure out what in the world is wanted of them. For instance, telling a dog to “stay” while leaning forward toward the dog and holding out a hand like a traffic cop is, in body language, actually inviting the dog to come toward you. But when the dog does, she gets reprimanded for breaking her stay command. It’s all so confusing!

A great experiment (and something that will probably have your dog sighing with relief) is to try to spend a whole day not saying a word to your dog, but communicating only with your body. You’ll realize just how much you “talk” with your body without realizing it, how to use your movements and body position to get the response you need from your dog during training, and how involved a conversation can be without emitting a single sound.

Hugging your dog While you might love wrapping your arms around a furry canine friend, most dogs hate hugs. We as primates think hugs are awesome and express support, love, joy and other emotions through hugs. It’s totally normal to us to wrap our arms around something and squeeze, and it only means good things. But dogs did not evolve this way. Canids don’t have arms and they don’t hug. Rather than camaraderie, if a dog places a foreleg or paw on the back of another dog, this is considered an act of dominance. No matter your intentions with hugging, a dog is hardwired to view the act of hugging as you exerting your dominance. Many dogs will tolerate it with grace — the smiling face of the family golden retriever with a child’s arms wrapped around it comes to mind. But some dogs will feel threatened, fearful, or just flat out loathe the feeling — and in fact, a child grabbing a dog for a hug is why many dog bites occur. Also, the same dog that enjoys one person’s hug might react entirely differently with another family member who tries the same thing. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dog that actually enjoys or seeks out hugs.

If you’re wondering if your dog hates your hugs, just pay attention to her body language when you go in for a cuddle. Does she tense up? Lean her head away from you? Avoid even a hint of eye contact? Lick her lips? Keep her mouth closed? Pull her ears back against her head? All of these are signs that a dog is uncomfortable. Yes, even the dog licking her lips while someone snuggles her is not showing that she is overcome with love, it is showing submissive, even nervous behavior. So next time you want to go in for a hug, pay very close attention to whether or not the dog is okay with it. After all, you’re putting your face right next to a set of sharp teeth.

Petting a dog’s face or patting her head Do you like to be patted on the head? My guess is no. Having someone reach out and tap us on the head, no matter how lovingly, is not something most of us enjoy. It’s annoying at best and painful at worst. And we really don’t want the hands of strangers reaching toward our face. If someone were to reach their hand toward your face, I’m guessing your reaction would be to pull your head back and lean away, and get a little tense about the invasion of personal space. Yet most humans think that dogs like being patted on the head. The reality is that while many dogs will put up with this if it’s someone they know and trust, most dogs don’t enjoy it. You may notice that even the loving family dog might lean away slightly when you reach for her face to pet her. She’ll let you because you’re the boss, but she doesn’t like it. It’s a personal space issue for dogs just as much as it is for us. This is why responsible parents teach their children to gently pet a dog’s back or rear, but don’t pat, and definitely don’t go for the dog’s face. If you really want to reward your dog for being awesome, don’t bang on their head, but give them a rub on their rear end right by the tail. They’ll thank you for it!

Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye We all know how powerful eye contact is. While we view steady eye contact as important, as a sign of trustworthiness or focus, we have to also be aware that eye contact can feel unnerving, uncomfortable and domineering. It’s creepy when a stranger looks us in the eye without breaking contact, especially as they’re approaching. It’s clear their attention is zeroed in, but what is their intention? We have to read the rest of their face for the cues. Eye contact is part of establishing dominance for many species, and in humans, we can use the tiniest of details about the rest of the face — the softness or hardness of the muscles around the eyes and mouth — to determine if the stare is friendly or not. And even then, it’s still creepy to have a stranger stare at us! It feels the same way for dogs. When you look a strange dog right in the eye, unblinking, you might be smiling and trying to warm up to them but the dog is probably reading it as an act of dominance or even aggression. They might display a submissive response — looking away, doing a little wiggle for pets, rolling over onto their backs — or they might start backing up and barking. Either way, for most dogs, a stranger looking it right in the eye while approaching is not a comfortable situation.

If you want to say hello to a new dog in a way that is comfortable for both of you, approach with your body angled slightly (not with your shoulders squared toward the dog), your eyes slightly averted, and speak quietly with a gentle voice. All these body language cues of friendship will help a dog understand you mean no harm. The dog might still want nothing to do with you, but at least you didn’t approach in a scary way that could cause a defensive or aggressive reaction.

Not providing structure and rules Dogs want, need, and love having rules. You might think having strict rules makes life boring or unhappy for your dog. But dogs really want to know what’s what according to their leader. And really, it’s not so hard to relate as humans. Children thrive when they have a consistent set of rules to follow, and they do less well in environments that provide them a free-for-all. Think about polite, well-balanced kids you know, and the spoiled kids who lack social skills or throw temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Which set of kids are the ones with consistently enforced rules and boundaries? And which set tends to be most consistently happy? With dogs, it’s pretty much the same thing. Rules make life a lot more predictable, a lot less confusing and a lot less stressful.

And speaking of confusing, dogs don’t understand exceptions to rules. They don’t understand that they’re allowed to jump on you when you have leisure clothes on but not when you have work clothes on. They don’t understand that they’re allowed on the couch after a bath but not after coming in from a romp in the mud. Additionally, saying “No” for breaking a rule but not actually doing something to help the dog stop the behaviour and learn the rule doesn’t count as enforcement. Dogs thrive when they know where the boundaries are, and when you spend time enforcing consistent boundaries with positive rewards, you also are building up their trust in you as a leader. You’re setting up conditions for a very happy dog!

Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like Just like so many other social species, dogs have their favorite friends and their enemies. It is easy to see what other dogs — and people, for that matter — that a dog wants to hang out with and those with whom she’d rather not associate. Yet, there are a lot of dog owners who go into denial about this or simply fail to read the cues their dog is giving them. It is common for overly enthusiastic owners to push their dog (sometimes literally) into social situations at dog parks when their dog would rather just go home. Or they allow strangers to pet their dog even when she is showing clear signs of wanting to be left alone.

It is important to note that there is a difference between positive encouragement with shy, fearful, or reactive dogs. Taking small steps to encourage them out of their comfort zone and giving them rewards for any amount of calm, happy social behaviour is important to helping them live a balanced life. But knowing the difference between gentle, rewards-based boundary pushing and forcing an interaction is vital to your dog’s safety and sanity. When dogs are pushed too far in social situations, they’re more likely to lash out with a bite or a fight. They’ve given cue after cue — ignoring, avoiding, maybe even growling — and finally they’ve had enough and give the clearest message of all with their teeth. What is possibly even worse, is that their trust in you as a protective leader is eroded, and they have an even more negative association with a park, a certain dog or person, or a general social setting. So do your dog a favor: read the body language she gives you when she doesn’t want to be around certain other individuals and don’t force it.

Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell There are walks, and there are walks. It’s definitely important to have a dog that knows how to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset. Dogs loathe not being able to take in their world for at least a few minutes a day, and too often we humans are focused on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. We trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.

Do your dog a favor and dedicate one of your daily walks to having a “smell walk” — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different neighbourhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her fill, even if it’s for minutes at a time before moving forward. For helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is free to explore, you can have a special backpack or harness that you use only for smell walks. Just make sure it is something very different from your usual collar and leash set-up so the different purpose for the walk is obvious to your dog. These walks are a wonderful opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory stimulation that keeps life interesting for her.

Keeping a tight leash, literally Just as dogs are amazing at reading our body language, they’re amazing at reading our tension levels even through the leash. By keeping a tight leash on a dog, you’re raising the level of stress, frustration, and excitement for your dog, and conversely, for you. I know what you might be thinking: “I don’t want to hold a tight leash, but I have to. My dog is the one pulling, not me!” But this is why it is so important to teach a dog how to walk on a slack leash.

An amazing amount of energy is transferred between you and your dog through that little strip of canvas or leather. By keeping a loose leash, you’re letting your dog know that everything is fine and dandy, that there’s no reason to be worried or tense. With a slack leash you’re saying to your dog that you are calm and have everything under control so your dog is free to be calm as well. On the other hand, by keeping a tight leash you’re sending a message to your dog that you’re tense, nervous, on alert, ready to fight or fly, and your dog responds in kind. Just as you don’t like your dog pulling you around, it doesn’t feel good to your dog to constantly be pulled and thus cued to be on alert. They’re also well-aware that they can’t get away from you even if they think they need to. A dog that walks on a tight leash is more apt to bark or be reactive in even the most mild of social situations. But a dog that can walk on a slack leash is more likely to be calm. This is a difficult thing to master, and something the majority of dog owners can commiserate about, but it is so important to having pleasant walks with a relaxed dog.

Being tense Tension on the leash isn’t the only way a dog can pick up how you’re feeling. You can tell when a person you’re around is feeling tense, even if you don’t realize it. Dogs have the same ability. The more stressed and wound-up you are, the more stressed and wound-up your dog is. And dogs, just like us, don’t like that feeling. You might roll your eyes, but the next time your dog is acting frustrated and tense, check in with yourself — have you been feeling that way for the last few minutes, for the last few hours, or the last few days? Your dog might just be acting as your mirror. If you need a reason to meditate, helping your dog calm down is a great

one.

Being boring You know that feeling of being stuck hanging around someone who is totally boring? Think back: remember having to be with your parents while they ran grown-up errands? None of which revolved around a toy store or park, of course. Remember that feeling of barely being able to contain yourself, of wanting to squirm and groan and complain. You couldn’t take part in the adult conversation, which was boring anyway, and you were told to sit still and hush. But oh boy did you ever want to just moooove! Just run around the block or something to break the monotony. That’s how your dog feels when you’re busy being that boring grown-up. Dogs abhor it when we’re boring. And it’s hard not to be! We get home from work and we want to unwind, to get a few chores done, to make dinner and sack out on the couch and relax. But that’s about the most annoying thing we could do to our dogs who have been waiting around all day for us to finally play with them.

If your dog is making trouble — getting into boxes or closets, eating shoes or chewing on table legs — she’s basically showing you just how incredibly bored she is. Luckily, there is a quick and easy solution to this: training games. Teaching your dog a new trick, working on old tricks, playing a game of “find it” with a favorite toy, or going out and using a walk as a chance to work on urban agility, are all ways to stimulate both your dog’s mind and body. An hour of training is worth a couple hours playing a repetitive game of fetch in terms of wearing a dog out. While of course exercise and walks are important, adding in some brain work will make your dog happy-tired. Even just 15-30 minutes of trick training a day will make a big difference.

Teasing This should be obvious, and we won’t spend too much time on it. But it’s worth pointing out because too many people still think it’s funny. Don’t bark at a dog as you pass it on the street. Don’t wave or talk to a dog that is barking at you from behind a window or door. Don’t pull on a dog’s tail. The list can go on and on, but in short, don’t do something you know makes a dog mad just because you think it’s funny. It’s not funny to the dog and can lead to some serious behavioral problems — and, perhaps deservedly, you getting to sport some new dog-shaped teeth marks.

By: Jaymi Heimbuch

Weird Things Chihuahuas Do

All of us who own chihuahua dogs know just how special they are. In many ways they seem so different from other dogs, it’s hard to think of them as dogs.

I know mine keep me totally entertained by their funny antics. Lucas will come over and start scratching my arm when he wants my attention and if I continue to ignore him, he head butts my arm until I pick him up.

Then he will lay his head on my shoulder like a baby. This is more sweet than weird.

Lucy haas decided she is the official washer of her brothers’ ears. I know a lot of dogs do this but Lucy will pin her brothers down with her paws, sit on top of them and go at those ears until they are good and clean.

Sometimes she will continue and wash their whole face. Lucas and Ziggy actually seem to enjoy this daily ritual. But she continues to keep them pinned down until she’s done.

I asked other chihuahua owners what weird and funny things their chihuahuas do and here are some of the answers I got.

Bedtime Antics Kyla says her Bentley has taken it upon himself to make sure all the cats are off the bed when she comes to bed, It’s like he wants to make sure she has room to get in. Then he stands there, wagging his tail, all proud of himself while she gets in bed. Then cats are welcome to get back on the bed.

Shannon Thomas says “My 10 year old chihuahua, Lilly, jumps up onto my bed. When I tell my fur-babies that it’s “time to go beddy-byes” she burrows in under my covers, turns herself around, and lays on her back with her head on my pillow. So she gets herself all tucked-in! Every single night! It’s such a wonderful thing to climb into bed next to. She sends me to sleep smiling, for sure!”

Angela Labozzetta’s chihuahua Paco (who has passed) liked to sleep on her head. My Lucas does this too. Deanna Alexander’s boys like to sleep head to head. How cute! Being Vocal Ethel says “When I watch TV and there is music background Mia stands up and howls until I hit mute button.” Maria Val Miñambres-Walker says “Every time we facetime with our grandsons, 3 and 2, our chi, Micki, gets jealous and starts howling, starts low and it keeps getting louder, it is funny.” Vanessa Ann says Big Rocco Vincenzo cries like a baby when I ask him if he is my baby. Park Akela says “My chi Rose brings me toys and if i dont throw it she will cry. She also barks at me to put on an outfit and she likes to pick which one.

Katelyn Boudreau says “Believe it or not my dog Sunny who is of course a chichi makes a funny sound that resembles a dolphin noise LOL.” Meal Time Mary says “My chi comes to me right after she eats. She jumps up to my shoulder and I remind her to clean her teeth and she starts cleaning them by using her tongue. I am patting her back and I tell her to give me a burp. And sure enough she will give me a burp. Sometimes a loud one and sometimes more of a silent one. Then she gets down! We been doing this for a couple of years or more.” Vicky Gongola Nelson says “Each feeding, Cheech’s bowl is in front of a chair, which is against a wall. When I put his food bowl down, he goes under the chair, around one of the legs, then around to his bowl to eat. He could walk right directly to the bowl from the front, nothing is in his way.” William Guess says “He will only drink out of a very small plastic bowl we have, NOTHING else! He will NOT eat out of a bowl, only off the floor! He doesn’t like walking on tile floors and won’t walk on wood floors! At 9:00 he’s ready to pee, and go to bed, whether you are or not! He basically lives on the love seat, with his brother!” Debbie St. Jock Levesque says “My chi, Fawny, attacks the spoon when I give her yogurt. She shows teeth and all while trying to eat the yogurt.” Wonder what’s that about? Silly Antics Sindie says her Chi Izabella will show her butt on command. Teresa Badgley says “We take her hamburger for walks.” This one cracks me up. Andi Hidalgo Peterson says “Cocoa Bean and Fonzie battle it out to to get “the spot” in front of the vent all the time. Cocoa refused to move, and got a face full of dog butt.”

Christina Jones says “Maggie Mae Moonshine sings when she hears songs of praise or a female singing on the telly.”

Helen Rivest has a 10 year old chihuahua named Febe. You can see in the photo below what she likes to do. Dawn Sones says her Charlie doesn’t like it when she talks. “He will lean on my face to cover my mouth . And when I hold him, he looks up and wants me to kiss his neck.”

Kimberly Kings says “My little Theo get so excited when his “daddy” gets home from work that he grabs a toy and combat crawls across the carpet to him to play. When he’s had enough he puts his toy back in his bed. “ Suzanne Duncan says “My chi, Rory gets mad at me for taking him to the vet. When he gets home he runs upstairs and goes to bed.” Denise Newby says “This is Fiona. She steals pacifiers for a living.”

Top 3 Health Concerns For Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas have become very popular members of households all over the world. Their small size fits into any living space and their big personality fills homes with joy. While they do live longer than larger breeds, Chihuahuas are prone to a few health problems. The following are the top 3 health concerns for Chihuahuas of which owners of Chihuahuas and people thinking about getting one should be aware. #1 – Luxating Patella Although they are small, for some reason one of the major problems with Chihuahuas are luxating patellas. This is when the kneecaps (rear legs) are loose and slip out of their grooves. The severity varies from dog to dog. It can be hereditary or caused by jumping too high, being overweight, or anything else that causes stress on the patella.

#2 – Dental Issues Chihuahuas are known for having ridiculously bad breath. Unfortunately, that bad breath is a symptom of a host of dental issues your Chihuahua may have. Their mouth is often too small for their teeth, causing overlaps where food gets trapped. They can develop all sorts of dental issues including plaque, tarter buildup, and premature tooth loss. Having your Chihuahua’s teeth checked out is essential because these problems can lead to infection that can cause bacteria to get to the heart, kidney, and liver. It can travel to the brain and lead to death. #3 – Hypoglycemia Common in younger Chihuahuas, hypoglycemia happens when your Chihuahua is burning off more energy than he is consuming. They are prone to this due to the small size of their stomach and the fact that some Chihuahuas are finicky eaters. It can lead to death if left untreated. If you notice signs of hypoglycemia including trouble walking, glass eyes, limpness or stiffness, take your pup to the vet immediately.

Tiny Chihuahua Helps Her Big Dog Friend From Being Dognapped!

Never underestimate the power of a tiny dog. They may be small in size, but the fight in them is bigger than most huge dogs. Just like the Chihuahua in the video below who has proven that despite her size, she can still protect her huge Newfie friend.

Carly the Chihuahua, and her huge Newfoundland brother Silas were put out in their backyard by their owner, Sharon Dooling, at around 8pm; probably to give them time to do their business before bed.

Less than a minute later, Sharon Dooling heard Carly barking hysterically. It was as if she was trying to tell her something. When Sharon opened the door to see what Carly’s yapping was all about, she saw a man dragging Silas down the driveway!

Sharon told CBC News, “I said, ‘Excuse me, what are you doing?’ he told me he’s taking his dog and I said, ‘No, you’re absolutely not.‘” Sharon then somehow gathered up the courage to punch the would-be dog thief, scaring him away.

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Sharon credits Carly with saving her big brother from the dognapper. If it wasn’t for her yapping that warned Sharon about the thief, Silas would’ve been taken.

Sharon said, “Never underestimate the power of a yappy Chihuahua!”

Read more of this story at CBC News.