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Please Keep Your Pet on a Leash

Walking Your Dog Could Be Dangerous

Taking your little Chihuahua on a walk around your neighborhood is not without it’s hazards.

I have a lot of work to do when I go for a walk, such as controlling a large human on a string. I also have to catalog various new smells along the way and spread my essence to mark my territory. It’s tough and time consuming. I can’t just walk all willy-nilly.

In addition, I must constantly be aware of squirrels, cats, people walking dogs on leashes, UPS and FedEx trucks, mailmen, garbage trucks and cars. Oy.

Friendly Dogs Not On Leashes Can Still Cause Harm

But one of the biggest hazards of all is, I must beware of dogs without leashes.

Some people feel they have the right to keep their dogs leash free when on or near their own, unfenced property. I have heard over and over how friendly their dog is. But what if your dog isn’t. And if another dog bounces over to your dog, and your dog attacks, then who’s to blame?

We Chihuahuas are very protective of our human companions. We also want to protect ourselves. We don’t always know that a dog is friendly. We just see a threat coming our way and we react.

So please keep your pets on a leash. And if you must tie them up outside, make sure they can’t reach the sidewalk where people may be walking by.

State Leash Laws

Check your local state for it’s leash laws. I go by California’s leash laws.

By the way, it’s best to use a harness on your small dog. You don’t want to risk choking them. And in an emergency you can pick up your dog by the harness without fear of strangling them.

Scrappy “Choke Free” Step-In Harness

Stubborn Chihuahua Walking, or Not!

Stubborn Lucy

I won't go. You can't make me!

A Well Behaved Chihuahua Should Walk At Your Side

How do you get your little Chihuahua to walk nicely with you? In my case, you don’t. I’m in control most of the time and I know it.

The trick is to not let your dog be in control. If your dog knows it can get away with being stubborn it will. With one daddy I usually win. He’s a pushover. The other daddy will not give in to my stubbornness so I relent and walk nicely. Sort of.

At the beginning of each walk I get excited to go and explore. This lasts about one or two houses. Then I want to take my time and sniff everything. And if I find a treat, so much the better.

But daddy wants to exercise. He wants me to move and I don’t. Unless, of course, I see another dog, a squirrel, a cat, a kid on a skateboard, a garbage truck or any other object of particular interest.

At a certain point on my one to two mile hike I realize we’re going home, finally. So I take the lead and pull. Unless I find a really good smell or the wind blows a leaf my way.

If I protest long enough my easy daddy gets frustrated and “air-lifts” me for a while. It’s certainly a quicker way to get where we’re going.

Personally I don’t see the point in all these walks. True, I get to meet new friends and find treats. I catalog new smells and mark my territory. Occasionally I leave a gift which daddy insists on bringing home.┬áThese are all important jobs.

But in the end we get home and I’m exhausted and need to take a nap. Maybe that’s what daddy had in mind all along.

Helpful tips:

  • Try coaxing your little dog with praise and words like “Let’s Go”
  • When/if your dog walks nicely give a little treat. Not too much, you don’t want to overfeed them.
  • If your dog refuses to budge, try waiting them out. If they move toward you, reward and praise.
  • Use a harness on your Chihuahua. A collar can hurt their little throats.
  • Try not to drag your dog. It could hurt their feet and looks really bad.
  • If all else fails, pick up your Chi and carry them a bit. Then put them back on the ground and see if they get the hint (probably not a good training tip).
  • If your Chi pulls you, be grateful they are finally moving. Try walking faster to keep up. (This is probably not a good tip either.)