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Chi Chi may be going to live with my friend in the next few days. I haven't decided fully yet.
He is usually a well behaved little boy but lately his behavior has started to change. The straw that broke the camel's back was today. First my two year old walked through the living room and Chi Chi went after her! Luckily she was wearing her thick warm fuzzy pants and he didn't hurt her to badly.
Then a little later he was sitting in my chair and my 16 month old walked over and used the chair to balance herself ( just learning to walk) and he bit her hand!!!
I was sitting right here and these kids are never rough with these dogs or left unsupervised with them. It makes no sense. He has a perfect bill of health from the vet and we can't figure out what is going on with him.
I am thinking seriously he would be better off in a home with no younger children where he can get one on one all day instead of it being split between the other animals and the kids.

I love my chi boy but my husband is not happy and really is pushing for him to go stay with our friend...just wanted to get it off my chest I know he'll be well loved and spoiled there so that is a non issue. I just want what is best for everyone involved.
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I'm sorry to hear this, but maybe it's best. Chis can get very possessive over their mommys. My chi is the same way with my twin girls & has been since birth. There's a month difference between my chi & my twins, so they grew up together. My chi knows that I don't tolerate the growling or biting but she's very possessive over me. In the morning while I'm still in bed & hubby comes up to kiss me good-bye, Midgie will growl at him even when she's under the covers.
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[QUOTE=woodard2009;1077434]I'm sorry to hear this, but maybe it's best. Chis can get very possessive over their mommys. My chi is the same way with my twin girls & has been since birth. There's a month difference between my chi & my twins, so they grew up together. My chi knows that I don't tolerate the growling or biting but she's very possessive over me. In the morning while I'm still in bed & hubby comes up to kiss me good-bye, Midgie will growl at him even when she's under the covers.[/QUOTE

It makes me so sad because he is one of the family and I don't want people to think I am just throwing him away cause I am not. We've dealt with so many issues with him just to be able to keep the little guy. But when it comes to my human kids I have to put THEM first ya know?
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I understand Amberleah goes after my grand kids so I have to hold her if there down and tell them don't get of chair while she is down unless they tel me so I can get her.
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Chi Chi may be going to live with my friend in the next few days. I haven't decided fully yet.
He is usually a well behaved little boy but lately his behavior has started to change. The straw that broke the camel's back was today. First my two year old walked through the living room and Chi Chi went after her! Luckily she was wearing her thick warm fuzzy pants and he didn't hurt her to badly.
Then a little later he was sitting in my chair and my 16 month old walked over and used the chair to balance herself ( just learning to walk) and he bit her hand!!!
I was sitting right here and these kids are never rough with these dogs or left unsupervised with them. It makes no sense. He has a perfect bill of health from the vet and we can't figure out what is going on with him.
I am thinking seriously he would be better off in a home with no younger children where he can get one on one all day instead of it being split between the other animals and the kids.

I love my chi boy but my husband is not happy and really is pushing for him to go stay with our friend...just wanted to get it off my chest I know he'll be well loved and spoiled there so that is a non issue. I just want what is best for everyone involved.

I feel your pain, I have been there it's not fun but my human babies ultimately came first! You could try and work with him and use a trainer but in the end you have wee ones, and it's hard to have eyes in the back of your head... and it takes one second, and next time it could be a face.

He may absolutely do better in an adult home, but don't loose heart! you can still have a Chihuahau and children, I have two Chihuahuas and young children and we have zero issues here, so it can be done! I know some people will tell you to keep the dog, but having lived through this exact same scenario and trying to keep the dog I learned the hard way when the dog bit my daughters lip (she still has a scar) and I know a fair bit about dog training and behavior, in our case the dog was poorly bred and came from a BYB.

Did you have your dog before the babies were born? some will say that some dogs don't adapt well or become jealous, but our aggressive dog was with us from puppyhood and still acted this way, I do think you could try and fix him but it would be a TON of work on your plate and you already have a full plate with two little toddlers and the end result is you will never be able to fully trust him.

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I feel your pain, I have been there it's not fun but my human babies ultimately came first! You could try and work with him and use a trainer but in the end you have wee ones, and it's hard to have eyes in the back of your head... and it takes one second, and next time it could be a face.

He may absolutely do better in an adult home, but don't loose heart! you can still have a Chihuahau and children, I have two Chihuahuas and young children and we have zero issues here, so it can be done! I know some people will tell you to keep the dog, but having lived through this exact same scenario and trying to keep the dog I learned the hard way when the dog bit my daughters lip (she still has a scar) and I know a fair bit about dog training and behavior, in our case the dog was poorly bred and came from a BYB.

Did you have your dog before the babies were born? some will say that some dogs don't adapt well or become jealous, but our aggressive dog was with us from puppyhood and still acted this way, I do think you could try and fix him but it would be a TON of work on your plate and you already have a full plate with two little toddlers and the end result is you will never be able to fully trust him.

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NO, we got him from Craiglist about a month or so ago.
My husband said he had to go because we can't have a dog who attacks our children unprovoked. He worries about the aggression and the children's safety and I can't fault him there.
He thinks Chi would be better in a home with no children or older children. I know he'll be okay but I will miss him so much.
As for training and stuff, that cost money. Something we don't have right now.
We had to rush our Cat, Shadow, to the vets late Sunday night because he came back in from using the bathroom and was limping with a badly swollen leg. Turns out it was broken and since it was an emergency visit late at night it cost out the booty and really cleaned us out. But hey what can ya do? Pets are family and need care when they need it.
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I had a chi as a child, older child, I was in 5th grade when we got him. I had younger nieces and nephews, he nipped at them all the time, when they were visiting, but he was so sweet when no little ones were around. Toddlers move so quick I think it scares them, and biting and nipping is their defense. I have wanted another Chi for years, but we had other dogs when my children were growing up, as I knew a Chi is not good around little ones. You are doing the right thing, as long as you are happy with his new family. Sorry it had to come to this, but your little children do come first. Good luck.
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I'm sorry to hear this, but maybe it's best. Chis can get very possessive over their mommys. My chi is the same way with my twin girls & has been since birth. There's a month difference between my chi & my twins, so they grew up together. My chi knows that I don't tolerate the growling or biting but she's very possessive over me. In the morning while I'm still in bed & hubby comes up to kiss me good-bye, Midgie will growl at him even when she's under the covers.[/QUOTE

It makes me so sad because he is one of the family and I don't want people to think I am just throwing him away cause I am not. We've dealt with so many issues with him just to be able to keep the little guy. But when it comes to my human kids I have to put THEM first ya know?
Totally understand!! You are not a bad person because you want to do what's best for your chi & the babies. Maybe you can get him back later. When I was pregnant with the twins, my pediatrician firmly demanding I get rid of my chi. I thought he was crazy & couldn't understand why.
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