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Old 03-26-2006, 08:27 PM
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Oscar is the sweetest little puppy ever, but if he's napping on my lap and i try to move him or sometimes even pet him he'll snarl and even try to snap at me. thats the only time he ever does that. How can i correct this? should i be worried that he's becoming mean?
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Old 03-26-2006, 10:11 PM
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to correct it you MUSTNT be afraid of getting bitten....
when he growls or snalrs at you firmly say NO do not move your hands away infact KEEP petting him. if he still does it even after the no picking him up and gently rolling him onto his back in the crook of your arm, and with your free hand on his chest pin him there gently, but firm enough that he cant wriggle lose, dont talk to him but look him in the eyes. usually theyll wriggle quite a bit...but dont let him up untill he submits by staying calm. once he does release him gently give him a few seconds to gain his compsure and then make a big fuss...

only pin him if after a firm no he still decided to tell you off...

keep desensitizing him to it by petting him whenever hes on your lap, make sure to not stop even if he growls at you and even the slightest protest should first be met with a firm but not loud NO.

hes just testing you to see if he can make you do what he wants...dont let him get away with it now, if you do itll get harder to break later, he could even become more agressive if you dont teach him now...

good luck!
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:32 AM
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Carl is fine with me petting him if he's asleep on my lap. But at night he always curls up and falls asleep on the couch. I gently wake him up and once he's awake, if I try to pick him up he growls at me, and once he even tried to snap at me! (I think)
I just held his mouth shut and picked him up and told him 'no'.

Foxywench: So should I still try to pick him up, even when he's grumbling?
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:54 AM
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What is it with these grumpy sleeping Chi's? Gracie doesn't snarl if she's in my lap, but if she's sleeping anywhere else and you so much as touch her, she growls. She does it the least with me, but I always correct her immediately. She's really bad about it with my boys, though. I haven't known what to do with it!
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Old 03-27-2006, 02:03 AM
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if your not afraid of being snapped at then yes, as soon as he grumbles firmly say no then continue what your doing...the grumbling is his way of telling you he doesnt want to do something...by doing it anyway your showing him you are the one in charge.
if your afraid he will know lol.

I dont suggest doing it EVERY time...but make sure to practice it once in a while so he learns that grumbling and such is not going to get him what he wants...

usually once or twice is enough to break the habit...

Dodger growled at me once when i tried to pick him up while sleeping...i firmly said no and picked him up...he growled for a few moments again i firmly said no and he realized i wasnt intimidated and hes never done it since...

vixie had a few episodes around the 8 month mark where shed growl and even snip at me (i call this teenager time lol) the first time i told her no 4 times and continued to do it, she continued so on her back she whent... she wriggled and grumbled for a few minutes before giving up...
over that month i think it happend mabe 3 more times where i had to pin her, the 4th time she grumbled and i told her no she had the point and stopped straight away, shes never talked back to me since! lol.

and since that point shes earnt her canine good citizen

Never once did i yell or hit or hurt or punish.

But i still respect her space...i just dont allow behaviour like that because you never know when a situation will arise in which a dominant dog will snip, vixie spent part of the pars summer with some very sick children they wouldnt understand that she just woke up and doesnt want to cuddle so desensitizing her to it was upmost important. im proud to say she has never even glanced funny at a child...and brought more smiles. she would never have gotten this far without that initiall attitude adjustment.

but im also not afraid of being bitten...you cant be afraid of a chihuahua bite when youve been bitten by animals much larger lol. so i never thought twice of ignoring the growl, i tell dodger when hes playing (hes a talker so he grumbles when he plays too) "you dont scare me" the different is...they know i mean it...

Ceasar milan does much the same thing with dominant agressive and posessive dogs, ive never seen him pin on a show however he does continue, if he wants that toy he coninutes to "challeng" the dog by continuing his nudging untill the dog finaly submits...but i like to add the firm no because this way the dog can learn what behaviour causes this with a verbal cue.

and some dogs respond to this verbal cue from moment one...with no need for continual correction.

of course this is a suggestion and im sure other people have other methods this is just what i have personally found works best!
I do stick by my suggestions but also feal do whatever works best for you!

it seems to be a very common problem in many chis, getting grumpy when woken.
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:53 AM
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I hope the little bugger doesn't bite you! I agree that he obviously thinks he can get away with it with you so he's going to do it. If you "call him on it" and don't put up with it it should improve. Had a similar problem with Bijou (she still has "issues" with other people in regards to her sleepy-time) but didn't put up with any of her stuff so she never tries anything with me.

Bossy little buggers, these Chi's!!
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