So you're on a mission to teach your Chihuahua the essential "come" command? You're absolutely in the right spot.
This command isn't just for show—it's critical for your Chihuahua's safety. And, between us?
It can make your daily routine way easier. Most of us kind of do this naturally. Think of how you instinctively grab a treat, pat your leg, and say, "come here". Want to get it perfect? I got you covered, courtesy of the Chi Chi Crew Shop🐾.
Nailing Down the "Come" Command for Your Chihuahua
Before your Chihuahua becomes an expert in the "come" command, let's establish some basics. Make sure your furry friend is already good with the basics like sitting and staying. Done? Cool, let's dive in:
Setting the Right Mood
Trust and Fun: Your New Best Friends
- Quality time— Spend moments doing what your Chihuahua loves, be it playing outdoors or having cuddle marathons.
- Rewards— Shower them with treats, belly rubs, and those sweet "You're the best!" compliments. Believe me; they get it.
Leveling Up with Caution
- Once you're confident, level up to the yard. But keep it controlled, alright? A 6' leash works wonders. While the idea of a longer one might seem cool, it's better to engage with your Chi than give them all that extra slack.
- Add some light distractions to the mix. A ball or toy, but ensure they remain goal-focused.
Stay Consistent, Alright?
- Command word— Whether it's "come" or "here", stick to one.
- Command tone— Be firm, but don’t get all shouty. We're not trying to spook them.
💡Pro Tip: Keep it upbeat. Building trust is a marathon, not a sprint. And never, ever change your command word.
Building That Bond: A Two-Way Street
Bonding is half the battle. So, what’s the magic formula?
- Chill Time— Spend downtime together, playing or just chilling.
- Incentives— Use their favorite stuff as rewards.
- Practice— Opt for a relaxed setting, call them, and reward them big time when they get it right.
💡Quick Thought: The right rewards and trust will make this journey smoother than you think.
The Basics of Positive Reinforcement
Think of positive reinforcement as your secret weapon. Here's a snapshot:
- Instant Rewards— They do something great? Reward them instantly.
- Frequent Rewards— Especially during the initial stages.
- Mix It Up— Don't be predictable with the rewards. Keep them guessing!
Remember, with a sprinkle of patience and a dash of consistency, you'll have your Chihuahua acing the "come" command in no time!