Hi' Everyone,I have a 7 month old smooth coat Chihuahua. I also have a six year old long coat both females. The puppy won't come to me when I call her, except if she is in the backyard barking too much I call "come in here" and she races to me. However, in the house if I say "come here" she just looks at me and at first I thought she was intimidated by the older one who is now much smaller than the pup. Could she still be intimidated by the older one even when she is not near me.

Also, how does one stop barking, I've never had a Chihuahua that barks so much. I don't hit my dogs. I have taught the pup to stay, sit (sometimes she will sit, we are working on that). She seems to understand "No", get your ball and a few other things, but not "come here". Maybe she is too young, your advice would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Juanita
The puppy won't come to me when I call her, except if she is in the backyard barking too much ... smaller than the pup. Could she still be intimidated by the older one even when she is not near me.

More likely that she doesn't understand what "come here" means. Just because a dog responds to a command once in a while does not mean they understand the command. They may understand it in a very narrow context, since dogs don't generalize well. We have to teach them how to generalize.

Here's an example. I met a 2 year old pug in the store aisles who I taught to sit. He was on a mat while we were working on it.

On a hunch, I removed the mat and asked him to sit. He looked puzzled. I put the mat back. He sat.
Little guy figured "sit means sit right here on this mat." Hadn't yet generalized it into other contexts.
Or she does know what it means, but you may have inadvertently taught her that responding to the command sometimes ends in punishment for her. No matter what she is doing at the time, if you call her and she comes, you HAVE to praise and reward her. If you call her and she comes, she has immediately forgotten what it was she was doing before. She will associate the way you react to her coming when you called. So, "Get over here, what did you do?" is a really bad move. :}
She seems to understand
"No", get your ball and a few other things, but not "come here". Maybe she is too young, your advice would be appreciated.

You said it right there. "She seems to understand." So you didn't purposely train her to understand any of these commands? Some of it she just picked up on her own? Smart pup she may be, but she still doesn't understand English. }
She is far from too young to understand. At 7 months, she's about 4 months behind where she should be. I'd highly suggest taking her to a class where you will learn how to train her to know basic commands.

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Thank you so much for all that information, very helpful. I have never growled at her or punished, but I admit that I do not praise her when she rushes to me from outside.
I will look into taking her to puppy training. My 6 year old seems to know everything I say.But with reagard to the "ball" and her other toys I show them to her and say "Ball" and so on, she pricks her ears up as soon as I say "where's Ball" and rushes around looking for it. I think she will learn eventually, just could not understand why she would not come to me inside the house. I praise her when she sits and stays too. Thanks again,
Juanita.
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Juanita
I have never growled at her or punished, but I admit that I do not praise her when she rushes to me from outside.

If your dog blows you off on a "sit" command, her life isn't at stake. If she blows you off on a "come," it could be.
So you want to make an extra effort to ensure that your dog learns that "come" is the bestest command ever! Make it as rewarding as you possibly can for her to come to you. Every time. Always say the command in a happy, inviting tone of voice, and give her praise, pets, and a juicy tidbit when she gets to you. Remember that you want to train her to want to come to you when she hears you call, no matter what other fun and interesting thing she's engaged in at the time.
I will look into taking her to puppy training. My 6 year old seems to know everything I say

I have a dog like that. She was born obedient. She will do anything I say without question, and has had very little real training. Since my other two are demons, I've concentrated all my efforts on them and pretty much ignored Murphy's training.
The other day, I forgot that I left the front gate open and I let Murphy out. Fortunately, I was looking out the window and saw her run out of my yard.

Her lack of training came back to bite me on the butt. She always comes when I call her, immediately. But this time she ignored me. Why? Because I never proofed her (practiced in increasingly difficult environments).

I was lucky. She let me catch up with her in a couple of minutes, with no harm done. But I easily could have lost her.
I would suggest that you take the puppy to a class, but use the techniques you learn to also train the 6 year old. Training is the only way to be sure your dog is "safe."
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So you want to make an extra effort to ensure that your dog learns that "come" is the bestest command ... you when she hears you call, no matter what other fun and interesting thing she's engaged in at the time.

This never worked for Blade. I tried all kinds of things. I don't think I ever tried a water gun, that might have worked. But he really doesn't see food or high pitched happy voices as very enticing things.
The "NL" system does work for Blade. I can testify to that. Prior to that he never had a reliable "come". It depended on the situation, the occassion and his agenda.
Now he says well coming is fun and there are treats. Well all I can say is it has worked for me.
Gwen