With Tico, I started with no growl command and a tap lightly on the ear. The tap is mostly to let him know I am talking to him as he is functionally blind. Then I started sitting next to Becky with Tico on my lap. He started sitting on her lap with his butt touching me. Then I took it from there, with me slowly moving away. Both of us petting him, then me stopping and her continuing. He will still growl when startled and he is in his dog bed, but that is because of his poor sight and because he is old and doesn't like commotion. He doesn't like to be startled by the dogs or my kids, but he has never growled at me. It's taken three weeks, but he is so much better with the kids. At no time did we force him to sit in her lap or for him to accept her petting him before he was ready. Just let him move at his own pace. I have no idea what his first 10 to 12 years were like before I got him. So everything is geared toward him being comfortable.
Pam's Chihuahua Sanctuary
Last edited by svdreamer; 06-05-2010 at 04:18 AM.