You can probably tell the answer to the question “Can Chihuahuas do Agility?” from the image on this post. But, in case you’re still unsure…YES!
Not only can Chihuahuas do agility, but the sport is a great way to build a Chihuahua’s confidence and help keep them active and healthy.
Check out this video of ChiPets contributor, Porky Pig doing agility:
Looks fun, right?
BUT, there are a few things you should know before you start agility with your Chihuahua.
First, make sure your Chihuahua is physically healthy for the sport. Do they have luxating patellas? Agility may not be the right activity then.
Worried about your Chihuahua’s weight and agility? A small weight problem can actually improve with the extra activity your Chihuahua will have with dog agility. However, a lot of extra weight can spell trouble for a small (or large) agility dog. If you are not sure, consult your veterinarian about your Chihuahua’s weight prior to starting agility.
Second, take your time finding a good trainer. A quality agility trainer will use positive methods (treats, toys, and/or praise), and is comfortable training a variety of different breeds and sizes of dogs.
Third (and last), be sure you’re ready to commit time to your Chihuahua to help him or her learn the sport. Once a week at classes will not result in improved confidence and overall health. You will need to train your Chihuahua as often as recommended by your instructor in order to see the full benefits!
Lindsay Pevny says
Porky did amazing! I taught Matilda to jump through a hula hoop at home, I was surprised how fast she picked it up, and she loved it. I’m not sure how she’d take to that big wall ramp thing, how long did it take for her to learn that?
Polly Pocket says
Thank you Lindsay! A hula hoop is a fun trick and can definitely bridge the gap to agility. The big ramp is called an A-frame. I would say she learned it pretty quickly, but it starts much lower and we raised it as she showed the confidence and physical ability to handle it. The hardest obstacle for her to learn was the teeter….scary! But she’s doing all the obstacles great now!
Amanda Yantos says
I know a good trainer! Pick me, pick me!! <3
Polly Pocket says
LOL! Thank you Amanda!