Having a nervous chihuahua is something I have experienced firsthand. I have several chihuahuas of my own. It seems the older they get the more nervous they become. And just like people different things seem to bother some more than others. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you with calming a nervous dog.
Too Much Noise
She is used to things being somewhat noisy, but when the nose level gets louder or if there is different kind of noises in the house that’s when it seems to be a problem. And I have notice since she has gotten older it cause here to have stomach issues.
In this situation; I usually just remove her from the room. I take her to the back bedroom; which is where she sleeps and seems to be the most comfortable. This would be considered her safe place.
Another suggestion, would be if your pet is kennel trained, this would be a situation you may want to put him/her in the kennel. To some dogs their kennel is their safe place. Some will voluntarily go to their kennel on their own in this type situation.
Thunderstorms and Loud Noises
Thunderstorms and other loud noises seem to be a problem; not only with chihuahuas but other dogs as well. I have also found out that fireworks and gunshots can also cause them to get scared.
Your dog may start shaking, panting, trying to hide or start running through the house. It can be very disturbing not only for your pet, but for you as well. No one wants their pet to be frightened or to hurt themsleves or someone. There are several things that might help calming a nervous dog during this time:
- Finding an interior room with no windows or a room that he/she feels most comfortable in; a safe place.
- Some type of anxiety wrap or vest. Some people use a scarf for this; anything that will fit snug around the dog’s torso.
- Try to distract the dog; maybe with a favorite toy or treat.
- Some dogs get so nervous they have to be put on medication to help with the problem. I personally would use medicatuin as a last resort.
Chihuahuas can be timid little things. Having new people in there home can make them nervous; especially children. Allow your dog time to get used to the new people. Do not force the dog to interact with your company. Let the dog come to them when they feel comfortable.
I would also warn your company that the dog gets nervous around new people, so they do not startle the dog by coming up to him/her to quickly. If your pet does not seem to be warming up to the strangers being in the house; this may also be one of those times you should decide it would be best for your dog to be in another room.
Sometimes just bring a new object, figurine, or toy for your child in the house can cause your pet to get nervous. They are unsure if the new object is a threat to them or not.
Try to be sensitive of your pet’s feelings. Introduce him/her to the new object or toy slowly. Give your pet a chance to smell and check out the new item.
Try to reassure him/her that the new object is not a threat and will not hurt him/her. You may have to expose your pet to the item several times before he/she seems to get over the fear.
Calming the Fears
This is just a few tips to help you help your pet deal with being nervous. Sometimes our pets need to be reassured everything will be alright; just like we do. Chihuahuas being nervous is one of the characteristic of the breed, so it is normal for them to be timid at times. Hopefully, the next time there is a thunderstorm or a new person in your home these tips will help reassure your dog everything will be just fine.