Chihuahuas are small-breed dogs that are super active and usually find themselves burrowing. In this article, I’ll explain why chihuahuas burrow, the root of this behavior, and possible solutions to help your Chi stop burrowing.
Chihuahuas are known for being one of the most active dog breeds. They are always on the go and love to play. This high energy level is often what leads them to start burrowing.
why do chihuahuas burrow?
The root of this behavior is typically based on three things: genetics, temperature and comfort. Your Chihuahua may be burrowing because it’s in their genes to do so. Many small breeds of dogs like to burrow and hide, so it’s likely that your Chihuahua has inherited this trait. Additionally, Chihuahuas are prone to getting cold easily, so burrowing may be a way for them to keep warm. Finally, your Chi may simply find comfort in small, hidden spaces. If your dog is crate trained, they may see their crate as a safe space and choose to burrow in their crate when they’re feeling stressed or anxious.
If your Chihuahua is burrowing out of discomfort, there are a few things you can do to help them.
- First, make sure they have a warm and comfortable place to sleep. If your home is drafty, invest in a dog bed that has a built-in heater. Additionally, you can try using a weighted blanket or putting a heating pad on their bed.
- Second, consider getting your Chihuahua a doggy sweater or coat to wear when they go outside. This will help them stay warm and may deter them from wanting to burrow as much.
- Finally, if anxiety is the root of the problem, try using anti-anxiety products like pheromone diffusers or calming supplements. You can also work on training exercises with your Chihuahua to help them feel more comfortable and secure.
Q: My Chihuahua only burrows when I leave the house. Is this normal?
A: Yes, it’s actually quite common for dogs to start burrowing when their owners leave them alone. This behavior is often rooted in separation anxiety and can be solved with training exercises and anti-anxiety products.
Q: My Chihuahua burrows in their crate even when I’m home. Is this a problem?
A: If your Chihuahua is crate trained, they may see their crate as a safe space and choose to burrow in their crate when they’re feeling stressed or anxious. This behavior is usually not a cause for concern, but you can try using a calming supplement to help your Chi relax.
Q: My Chihuahua burrows in my clothes and blankets. How can I stop this?
A: If your Chihuahua is burrowing in your clothes and blankets, it’s likely because they’re cold or seeking comfort. You can solve this problem by getting your Chi a dog bed with a built-in heater or by using a weighted blanket. You can also try putting a heating pad on their bed.
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Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at email@example.com