Keep your voice even and be sure that your tone of voice reflects that going to relax and get away from noise and commotion is a positive thing. In time, a puppy or dog will learn to retreat there without any prompting.
This usually works well because it teaches a Chihuahua that he does have control over his environment and can choose to play and rest in a quieter atmosphere.
2) Foot Traffic
A Chihuahua may feel mounting frustration that turns into hyper behavior if he feels that he must always be on guard. This can occur if his toy area and his food area is too close to foot traffic.
While it is perfectly fine if your puppy
or dog wants to bring a toy into the living room and lay smack down in the middle of the floor to play, however he should have a toy bin that that humans stay away from. This way, a Chi does not have a constant feeling that someone may be too close to what he considers his belongings.
Think about it this way, what if you had 1K in cash at your house, sitting on a counter-top… (that alone is a great thought), but now imagine that people pass by it all day, all the time. While you trust that no one will take it, you're going to have an uneasy feeling and never feel quite at rest.
Now envision that the money was moved to a secure area in which no one walked by and you could access it whenever you wished. Feel calmer? Great! Your Chihuahua will calm down as well once his toy bin is as safe as that cash.
This goes for food as well. Dogs need to have an invisible fence around their dining area. For some dogs, this can be a foot from the bowl, for others to feel calm it needs to be larger.
If a Chihuahua gets riled up because too many people are near his dishes (the very thing he needs to survive) he can become hyper and take a long time to calm down. If a puppy or dog acts this way about his water, it can be an all-day situation.
Find a good spot for your Chi's toy bin
and explain to everyone in the household that it is off limits and is the dog's personal property. When it is time to wash it or switch out toys, do this while the dog is on a walk with another person or otherwise distracted.
Place dishes well away from where people sit, stand or walk by.
While most owners put down bowls in the kitchen, if this room is just too busy and causing a Chihuahua to become hyper
, another room may be a better choice.
For carpeted areas, you can set down a kitchen place mat to protect the rugs. As long as the spot is a quiet one and very easy accessible for the dog, it should help to keep a Chihuahua calm.
3) Lack of Stimulation
It is usually only older, senior dogs that are happy with just 'being'. With such a high energy level, most Chihuahuas need to see things, smell things, hear things , chew things and inspect things. Puppies and adults need to have interaction with humans beyond grooming, walking and feeding.
Having an awesome toy collection
is by far one of the best ways to offset boredom and allow a Chihuahua a method of keeping busy which will cut down on him acting hyper due to frustrated boredom. Running out to a Dollar store and scooping up a handful of toys will do very little. Take some time to carefully choose some quality toys that are created to stimulate a dog's mind.
Keep two bins of toys
and swap them out every other week or so. In this way, a Chihuahua will always have 'new' toys. This is also a great way to be able to wash the toys while the others are in use.
Have a weekly 30 minute adventure.
At least once a week, offer your hyper Chihuahua an opportunity to put his canine senses to use. You'll be surprised how much this can calm a dog down.
One fun method is to hide a new toy or surprise in the yard and allow your puppy or dog to do what dogs love best: smell it, seek it out and find it! Putting a bit of bacon drippings on a toy works well, since this sends out a super strong smell that dogs can't ignore.
Use a command word such as 'Seek' or 'Treasure' so that your dog learns this is a special occasion and does not always expect there to be a snack waiting for him.
Also, switch up the area… sometimes have it behind a bush in the front, another time have it be behind a tree in the back. Be creative and make sure that your dog really has to work hard and expend energy to find it.
After this sort of adventure, a hyper Chihuahua often calms right down and is then content to sit down quietly, chewing on his find.
-30 minutes a day of interaction.
Looking at everyone's schedules, block out 30 minutes per day for someone in the household to spend one-on-one time with an overly hyper Chihuahua.
Try to make this be the same time each day, but it is fine and actually recommended if the people rotate for this. This time block will be reserved for fun interaction. This can be command training, playing a game designed for owners and dogs or just a fun game of fetch.
Going for a walk during this time does not count; this should be engaging play without distractions in which the Chihuahua is able to run around or be mentally stimulated.
A Chihuahua may become hyper when the session ends as a way of saying, 'Hey, where are you going? Let's keep playing!' To help prevent this, use a finishing word such as 'Done' and then follow with a treat and encourage the dog to mouth a favorite toy.
When entering back inside or to another room, ignore any hyper behavior. Give it a few minutes; usually a puppy or dog will settle down, since he really did have his fill of interactional play.
4) Pent up Energy
This breed's size can be quite deceiving. It's amazing how the smallest toy breed in the world can have such an abundance of energy. Without a way of letting go of all that steam, a Chihuahua can become very hyper. Some owners don't look forward to walks because of how a hyper puppy or dog behaves when in the outside world.
- More than one daily walk is needed.
Hyper Chihuahuas should be walked a minimum of 2 times per day and if time allows it, 3 is best. A harness
, not a collar, should always be used. The walks should be brisk (your dog's idea of brisk, not yours since over exercise if not good, especially for young pups).
Don't let foul weather get in the way. If you bundle up and you put appropriate, protective clothing on your dog, you can offer year-round walks.
When Chihuahuas have at least 2 times a day to walk off energy, they are much more calm when back inside the house.
5) Inability to Calm Down at Night
There are owners who are at their wits ends having a Chihuahua that simply won't relax at night. As soon as it is time to relax, the dog becomes more active.
- Stimulation during the day. Along the lines of the above 'pent up energy' element, the puppy or dog really needs to have enough exercise, interaction and interesting toys during the day time.
- Signals at night.
Have a routine that signals a Chihuahua that the day is winding down. No exercise should be done within an hour of bedtime; while you may think that this may tire out a hyper dog, when done close to bedtime it can have the opposite effect.
For a good 60 minutes before the intended sleep time, close the blinds and dim the lights. TV's and other noise making devices should be lowered to a reasonable level.
Everyone should speak in matter-of-fact voices. Be aware of the general atmosphere of the house; if you or others are stressed and showing that either verbally or via physically cues, a dog will pick up on the negative vibe and can become restless.
Some Chi love to be brush as it is akin to a massage. You may find that grooming
your puppy or dog by brushing the coat with long, easy strokes in a quiet setting (lights low in front of a TV that is not loud) is a great way to help a Chihuahua calm down and relax both mind and body.