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Games to Play with your Chihuahua

Did you know that playing with your Chihuahua is a great way to minimize undesirable behaviors?

It helps also to relieve stress and boredom on bad weather days. And aside from that, a study found out that the frequency and form of play enhances dog-owner relationships. So, there is no question about it:

Playing with your Chi is essential.

However, …

How can you play with your Chihuahua? And what games do they like to play?

Read on to discover:

  • A game suitable for indoors and outdoors.
  • Why Chihuahuas like puzzles.
  • An easy and fun childhood game that you can play with your Chi.
  • And more…

How to play with a Chihuahua?

Here is how to play with your Chihuahua in 4 easy steps:

  1. Try a lot of different games. 
  2. See how your Chihuahua reacts to each game.
  3. Pick the 3 or 5 games that your Chihuahua likes most.
  4. Vary between your Chi’s favorite games.

 

Below are some great games that you can try and Chihuahuas like to play…

Fetch

This game never gets old. Get your Chihuahua going by making them ‘fetch’ something. You can do this outside when the weather is beautiful. Throw a small ball and have your Chihuahua fetch it.

Both of you can get your exercise doing this game. If the weather does not permit it, then the living room will do. Just move that center table aside for more room. Get something that will be of interest to your Chihuahua.

It could be their favorite toy. Or something else entirely such as an old sock. One trick, if you are using an old sock, is to put a small bell inside. The sound will catch your dog’s interest as they ‘fetch’ the sock.

You can also put a small ball inside. The sock will bounce as it hits the floor. That is another way to make your Chihuahua interested. Encourage your dog to fetch what you throw. When they drop it in front of you, give praises.

Mention your dog’s name as you say praises. You can say things like, “That’s very good, Oreo.”

Hide and seek.

Here is another fun game that kids and adults can join. Dogs love playing hide and seek with their owners. Try it with your Chihuahua.

Tell them to ‘Sit’ first. Then go hide. Call their name and say ‘Find Me’ so they can start searching.

You will have a dog crazy with excitement and happiness once they find you.

You can also do The Fluff Challenge. This is a variation of hide and seek that once became viral. This challenge involves pet owners holding a blanket while their pets look on. They would quickly run away and hide as the blanket drops.  It is as if the owners disappear out of thin air.

This trick confuses the heck out of dogs. They would go in search of their owners in every room.  And when they find you, it is like a mini reunion.

Another variation of this game is the Blanket Challenge.

You just throw a toy somewhere to distract your Chihuahua. While they chase the toy, you hide under a blanket on the floor.

Your Chihuahua returns with the toy. The fun is in the reaction of the dog upon finding you gone.

Laser pen

Simple things around the house can be used to entertain your Chihuahua.

Give them some physical activity with the help of a laser pen.

Point the laser near your dog. Slowly move it to encourage your Chihuahua to chase it.

Then move it quickly and let your Chihuahua run after it around the room.

This is a trusty game even when you are under the weather. Simply whip out the laser pen and get your Chihuahua running around.

Caution: Do not shine the laser pen on your Chihuahua’s eyes. Put it away after use.

Shell game

The shell game is also called a three cups game because you need 3 cups for it. Your Chihuahua is going to love this game since it involves treats!

Here is how it works: 

First, get 3 cups and some treats. You can also use small bowls or containers. While your Chihuahua watches, place a treat under one of the cups.

Shuffle the cups a few times. Then encourage them to ‘find the treat’ by nosing or pawing the correct cup. Give them the treats under the cup when they choose the correct cup.

If they choose the wrong cup, hide the treat again and continue the game. Do this game for several days until your Chihuahua understands how it works. Some dogs are so good at this that their owner adds a fourth cup.

Note: Watch over how many treats you give your dog. Treats are not a replacement for their meals.

Chase bubbles

This is a simple game that can bring so much fun. You can use this to keep your Chihuahua busy even when you are lying down.  Or even when you are not in the mood for some vigorous activities.

Chasing bubbles could entertain your Chihuahua even for a few minutes.

But those few minutes could mean the difference between a bored and a happy Chihuahua.

Teaching your Chihuahua how to chase bubbles is easy if they are not used to it. First, blow some bubbles several times.If your Chi shows interest, good. If not, try pointing at the bubbles. Second, encourage your Chihuahua to catch the floating bubbles.

If they are still uninterested, catch the bubbles yourself.  Then do the whole thing over.

Given Chihuahua’s love for chasing, they are going to have so much fun with bubbles.

Which hand?

This is another game to put your Chihuahua’s nose to work. As this involves treats, this is going to get your Chihuahua excited.

Here is a tip to ensure the health of your Chihuahua:

Use chopped up carrots or other vegetables your dog likes. This is healthier than store-bought treats.

To begin, hide a treat in one of your hands. Then put them in front of your dog. Encourage them to find which hand has the treat. When they sniff or paw the correct hand, open it and give them the treat. If they choose the wrong hand, it’s okay. Do the whole thing over.

Note: Do not overfeed your Chihuahua with treats, especially close to their mealtimes.

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