Are you tired of hearing about how large dog owners do so many activities with their dogs? Fear not, Chihuahua owner. Your petite pooch can share in many creative and energetic tasks with you. Here are five ways to bond with your Chihuahua in 2013.
Host a small dog play group. Life isn’t always fun for Chihuahuas who live in dog parks. If the park doesn’t have separate areas for large and small dogs, it’s easy for a Chihuahua to get scared – or worse, injured. A small dog playgroup is the ideal solution to this problem. When creating one, try to invite dogs of similar weight, play style and age.
Take short walks – and long ones. Even if you live in a small apartment, you can give your Chihuahua all the exercise she needs as long as you’re active indoors. However, Chihuahuas also like spending time outdoors. Bearing in mind that your little dog is especially susceptible to hot and cold weather, your dog can enjoy short, leashed walks outside. If you want to go on a longer walk, prepare to carry your dog. Don’t forget food and snacks.
Make your Chihuahua an art subject. Of course Chihuahuas are adorable, and that makes them the perfect subjects for photos, drawings, stories and poems. Whether you’re a hobbyist or an expert, spend some time with your Chihuahua and immortalize her in song, art or poem.
Break the Napoleon Complex (and other bad habits). Because Chihuahuas are so small and generally easy to maintain, it’s possible that you’ve neglected the necessary training all dogs require in their junior years. Unfortunately, it’s not safe when dogs of any size act aggressively or bite. While you might think it’s cute that your Chihuahua has a Napoleon Complex, it could actually land him in big trouble with a larger dog, resulting in injury. To safely break these bad habits, seek the help of a certified pet trainer.
Share a meal. Experts are always warning against feeding ‘people food’ (or too much of it) to your dog. However, some foods are nutritious for you and safe for your Chihuahua. It’s easy to share a bit of your meal with a Chihuahua because the dog is so small – just be sure not to overfeed her or give in to that wagging tail and begging eyes after you know she’s had enough. Try sharing plain yogurt, apple, salmon or eggs with your Chihuahua after confirming with your dog's veterinarian.