Chihuahuas are social beings. They are very good companion dogs. They are loyal to their person and would do everything to stay close to them. They follow them around and would bark at other people whom they perceive as a threat to their closeness to their owner. So when your Chihuahua suddenly prefers to be in the basement, it is unusual behavior. You need to understand where your pet is coming from. What has happened to cause this behavior? Have you recently moved to a new home or has he lost a beloved companion? Is your furbaby in pain or fearful of something? Is there a thunderstorm or loud noises that caused him to retreat to the basement? Is he feeling sad or experiencing stress? Better have him checked by the vet to determine if anything’s wrong with him. Your input will be very much valuable in helping your vet evaluate his condition.
When your Chihuahua likes to be in the basement, it means he is isolating himself from you and the rest of the family. He is distancing himself from other people and doesn’t want to interact and play. This could be indicative of an underlying condition such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, pain, other illnesses, or old age. Isolation among dogs is also their way of communicating with you. Your furry friend is telling you that something is wrong. Respect his request for alone time and don’t force him to socialize when he’s not yet up to it. However, most basements are dark and dank and not fit for your furry pet to stay in. They need to be in a place where there’s light and room to move around. If your Chihuahua has taken a liking to this secluded place, better consult with your vet regarding this behavior so that you can address the underlying conditions. With proper intervention, he’ll be back to his usual self in due time. You can play with him again and he’ll enjoy being around other furry friends. You’ll have your happy, sociable, albeit sassy furry friend close to you.