Congratulations! You have acquired a lovely young pup that is all for you! A dog can be a wonderful lifelong companion; he can comfort you when you’re sad, be happy and silly with you, and will love you unconditionally forever. Lucky you!
Of course, because he is still young, he must be trained. But if you want to maximize your connection with him, it’s important that your training be done properly, in a humane and loving manner. With that in mind, here are some tips.
There will certainly be times your dog is a bad boy. And you will have to discipline him so that he knows the bad behavior is not acceptable. To that end, it’s important that you be firm. A swat to the nose should clearly send the message. However, it’s very important that you only discipline your dog right after he acts badly. If you wait to punish him, he will be confused and not understand what he did wrong. Your punishment will seem cruel and he will become afraid of you. It’s also important that punishment be done out of love and not anger.
Perhaps even more useful of a training tool than punishment is rewarding your dog for good behavior. Let him know when he’s being a good boy, give him a treat, show him that it pays off to act the way you want him to. Your pup’s loyalty to you is unwavering, but a little affection can go a long way towards showing him you love him.
It’s also important that you spend time with your dog. He is completely committed to you, and so if you ignore or neglect him he will get very sad and lonely and mope around. Also, because he feels such a strong connection with you, he might get upset if he sees you giving attention to other dogs, particularly little chihuahuas. Therefore you should always make sure your boy knows that he is the number one dog in your life and that you aren’t going to just replace him or abandon him.
If you do all these things, you will have a long, meaningful relationship with your dog that will be mutually fulfilling.