Dog Obedience Classes – Is it worthwhile?

I’m pleased to say that Elvis has graduated from puppy school! He’s come a long way since his first class. We attended a total of eight lessons over eight weeks, one hour per session. The cost was £60, which I think is reasonable.

Following commands

Elvis understands what sit, lie and wait means. He’ll follow these commands if we’re outside, and have treats to bribe him with. He even manages to do it when off the leash, and his girlfriend Hattie is playing nearby! But he won’t follow these commands at home in order to get his food. He looks confused and upset if we don’t give him his food right away. We think it’s because it’s out of context from puppy school. Continue reading “Dog Obedience Classes – Is it worthwhile?”

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5 Tips On How To Train Your Puppy To Walk On A Leash

Getting a puppy to walk on a leash isn’t as easy as you’d think! Now that we’ve had Elvis for three months, I’ve learned a few tricks that I wanted to share with you. Hopefully they’ll help you train your pup!

1. Use a Harness

It’s important to use a harness instead of a collar when you’re attaching a lead. Chi’s have very delicate necks, which can break if you had to yank the collar. Another benefit of a harness is that it perfectly safe to quickly lift your chi up if he was in any danger. Continue reading “5 Tips On How To Train Your Puppy To Walk On A Leash”

Puppy obedience lessons week 2

I was so proud of Elvis this morning. He strutted in to the class, and followed the ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ commands that we learned last week very well.

Teaching a dog how to lie down

This week, Elvis learned how to lie on the ground. He wasn’t too keen. I had to sit on the ground and hold the cheese under my bent leg to encourage him to lie down and eat the cheese. That boy will do anything for cheese! Small dogs don’t tend to like lying on the ground outside, because they spend a lot of time close to the ground already. Continue reading “Puppy obedience lessons week 2”

Puppy School 

Elvis went to his first obedience class today. We went to a drop in class. I naively thought that we’d have mastered teaching him how to sit by the end of the day. The reality was a lot different! Continue reading “Puppy School “

Crate training tips

How to stop a puppy from crying at night

We’ve had Elvis for just over two weeks now. I’m certainly not an expert, but I thought my experience so far may be able to help others who are going through the same thing to get some sleep! Before you take your puppy home, it’s a good idea to have a crate with a soft fleecy base, and a few blankets. Put a chew and toy in there as well, and a rabbit water bottle attached to the side in case he gets thirsty during the night. On the first night, we naively put the crate in the living room and then went to sleep in our bedroom. Elvis howled the place down. He ain’t nothing but a hound dog!

Singing our baby chihuahua to sleep

The next night the three of us went to bed at 10pm. We put the crate in the bedroom, stroked Elvis, then closed the door. We had a soft light on, and spoke to each other. Elvis was relatively happy with that. But as soon as we switched the light off, he started to cry in the darkness. I don’t know why, but something made me try singing to him. I sang ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ a couple of times, and that did the trick! We soon heard him snoring. Adorable!

Other tricks to stop him crying

The following night we found it wasn’t so easy to get Elvis to sleep. After trying singing again, we were getting nowhere. He’s a sociable little dude and just wants to be next to us. He doesn’t understand why he can’t snuggle on the bed with us. We wouldn’t want to start that because it’s hard to reverse the habit. I wouldn’t want him to get squashed, wee on the bed, or hurt himself by trying to jump off. So the next time he cried at night, i suddenly clapped my hands. He stopped whining. He started again, so I clapped three times, without speaking, to make him think that he’d caused the noise. That did the trick, he soon settled down and went to sleep.