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Old 12-21-2006, 01:54 AM
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My baby is so mean to strangers he will set and bark at them forever and then when they turn around he runs up and bites them! How can we fix this problem?? Help is greatly appreciated!

Are all chi's this way??

In March, we are trying an obedience school!
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:33 AM
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No, it's not the norm. Mine isn't thanks to her vet who was quite firm on socializing her. The vet's practice is at a clinic, so there are a number of people there, and puppies get passed around among them all. She also instructed me to hand off Boop to any stranger who seemed the least bit interested, and ask them to help socialize her. It's worked so far, although at 8 months I understand Boop may be heading into a phase where she's less open to strangers, but I think she's a bit of an extrovert by nature.

It's a little late to try that with your dog. Maybe with a lot of treats... In any case, is there any way you can move up the class date? I think you need some help with this. Until then, try books and some web sites. I found this one right off, http://www.vetinfo.com/dbite.html I hope you get lots more advice here.

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Old 12-21-2006, 04:17 AM
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Okay, my first recommendation would be for you to pick up a copy of "Little Dogs - Training Your Pint-Sized Companion", by Deborah Wood. I think the behavior your dog is exhibiting may be that it feels "the best defense is a good offense." Deborah Wood also has a great book for shy dogs (Help for Your Shy Dog) that has great hints on socializing a dog that may not have had much before. I think if you read both these books and use the info provided, you'll see a big improvement in your dog's behavior.

I would also teach "leave it." You can use this command to stop your dog from nipping at heels, once it learns the command reliably. The nipping behavior is probably reinforced each time your dog does it, because if the person keeps walking away your dog thinks "great, it's working, I'm making this person leave." Instead, you might try blocking your dog when it tries to go after a person's heels *BUT BE CAREFUL IF YOU TRY THIS THAT YOU DON'T GET BITTEN.* Dogs use blocking behavior to show their dominance. You can simply stand in it's way or use your legs to block it or gently "bump" it to prevent it from going around you and going after the person. If it is standing there barking, you can also try just standing in its way and blocking its vision of the person.

Additionally, I would look into NILIF training and start making your dog work for *everything* it gets. "Want up on my lap?" Sit. "Want to go outside?" Sit and Wait while I go out the door first. "Want to go for a car ride?" Lie Down. And so on. If you show you are in charge in all areas, this should help your dog relax and behave better in all situations. If you let your dog sleep with you, I would stop this until your dog stops showing any form of aggression. Same thing with letting it up on couches or other types of furniture, I probably wouldn't allow it up any longer until it learns its place in the pack. Your dog may very well think it rules the roost right now, so it doesn't see anything wrong with barking at strangers and warning them to stay away.

Something I just started doing is mixing up some of my dog's food with either plain yogurt, or a tiny bit of water and peanut butter, and then stuffing it in a kong and freezing it overnight. Then I give it to my dog the next day and this keeps him occupied for awhile as he *works* for his food (rather than me just plunking his food bowl down in front of him regularly for every meal, or free feeding him). I only do this for part of his food, since I can only stuff so much into his kong...and then I feed him another meal in his bowl later in the day.

Anyway, just some ideas...hope some of it helps.
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Not all chis are like that for sure. Stewie is somewhat like that. He barks when new people come to our house, but likes most adults outside of the house. There's only a couple of kids that he likes though. Gracie on the other hand, LOOOVES everyone! Adults, kids, doesn't matter! We haven't been great at socializing Gracie, actually did more of that with Stewie..Go figure. Stewie was sick a lot as a puppy though & I think we may have babied him too much. I'm not sure though. I would suggest watching Cesar Milan - Dog Whisperer sometime. He has some pretty good advice that seems to work really well for him.
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Thanks for all the advice!! I will try some of it! We can't get the class moved up because we live in a small town and our community college only offers it once a year!
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My chihuahau is the same way! Well one of them is. The other one is the sweetest little thing and goes to anyone. She doesn't bark at anyone. Murray is my older one, bout 5 yrs and he'll do that to men only-- it's weird. He'll bark at unknown females for a couple of minutes, but then he'll get over it and leave them alone. But with males-- he do what your dog does. I've read other's suggestions here.. . that i would like to try.... but he's been so set in his ways for 5 yrs... will it work?? Good luck with yours!

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Not all chis are this way.
Its really depends on the perents temperament.

What age he have been started to be mean to strangers?
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Old 12-24-2006, 06:36 PM
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temperment is genetic AND learnt so the likelyhood is, the parents wernt exactly the most outgoing in the world then hes had a lack of socilization in his early months and the 2 = a slightly defensive dog.

that being said we also have to remember that this is a tiny dog in a land of giant, i know id be defensive too.

we ALSO have to rember that chis, while companion dogs, tend as a breed to be protective of THEIR people.

my suggestion would be when around strangers always hav him on a harness and leash, have the strange have his favorite treat (you want to make strangers AWSOME! lol) and if hes behaving have them come down to his level (crouch) just far enough that if he whent to bite theyd be just out of reach (on the leash).
that way if he lunges to nip heals you will have control over him (the harness ensures neck will be safe) and you can give him a quick tug (none too rough now just enough to assert that your in charge) and a strong "NO" as soon as he stops "good boy" and treat...

the treat doesnt have to be food either, the fave toy works too!
id also suggest above mentioned books!

patients and persistence and try and take him everywhere you can, have treats on hand and have every person you come across give him a treat if hes well behaved.
good luck!
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