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Old 12-22-2009, 02:39 AM
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Hello , I just bought my first Chi last week. He is 8 wks old now but as i understand it that was way to early to bring him home. He did great for the first week but the last two days he has been having an attitude issue. When he is in play mode he will growl if i pick him up. He has growled a couple times when i went to pick him up when he was sleeping( i did it slowly) like he didn't want to be bothered and he will growl and bite if i try to make him do something he don't want to like put on his coat or stay on his pee pad. Whenever he does this i tell him NO in a firm voice and he stops but is it just a phase? Is he just seeing what he can get away with?
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Lily was only 8 weeks old and i have had no trouble with her at all.You must show you're the boss,am sure he's finding what he can get away with.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:47 PM
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At 8 weeks old he should have spent enough time with his mum and siblings to have learnt enough. That said if he was a small Chihuahua in my thoughts he should still be with his mum.

I always recommend the book "The Perfect Puppy" by Gwen Bailey. An excellent read.

DON'T PICK HIM UP WHEN HE IS ASLEEP, SPEAK TO HIM FIRST AND LET HIM KNOW YOU ARE THERE!

Start now to train him to stand still while you do something. I use the word "wait".
Begin now to check him over, eyes, ears, tummy, teeth, everywhere. Tell him "wait" before you begin, go over him, put on coat, harness etc. When finished tell him "Good boy" and reward with treat :

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8 weeks is okay unless he is a very tiny Chi. Sounds like he is testing his dominance - you should definitely nip it in the bud while he's little. I've heard of many pups having issues like this that have been resolved successfully with the correct training. When he growls DO NOT stop what you're doing! He's looking for you to back off & if you do it will only empower him & let him know he will get what he wants if he growls. Witht he nipping - I'd do what a mom pup would do - gently put him on his side & hold him there until he is calm. I may even growl back at him at the same time!

I would not stop picking him up while he is asleep. Chi pups, or any pup for that matter will behave however you allow them to. YOU need to set the rules & let them know what is & what is not okay. If you don't continue to pick him up while he's sleeping - when he is older, if a child happens to go near him or if you happen to accidentally bump him or what not while he's asleep - he could very well turn around & bite you or the child. They need to be used to ANY sort of circumstance so if you teach them when they're young that anything could happen at any time (like being woken up) it won't be such a "shock" when they're older & they will not over react.

Pull on their ears & tail (gently of course), play with their feet, pull at their back skin on a regular basis (again, gently of course), brush their teeth, socialize them with many different people & places, etc. Get them used to anything they may encounter as an adult so they are used to it. It's all apart of having a balanced adult dog that is equipt to handle LIFE!

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BTW, I will add my newest pup Marley, when we first brought him home at 8 weeks, didn't like to be bothered while he was asleep. If one of the other pups disturbed him, he'd growl & a couple times even jumped up & attacked my biggest & oldest Chi because he was trying to cuddle with Marley in my lap. I put him on his side/back & held him there with the other pup touching him for a few seconds. Now at 15 weeks he hasn't done that since he was about 9 weeks old. So that just shows how easily they learn. They are very impressionable at this age - which is why it's so important to teach them what they can & can't get away with as soon as possible!
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We'll have to beg to differ on picking up a sleeping puppy without letting it know you are there
Good to see we agree about checking pup over though...Guess we all have different ideas about dog care!

I believe pups need to have a safe place where they can sleep undisturbed and have never had dogs that had an issue over this

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Hope this helps
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http://www.dogbehaviour.com/books/perfect.htm
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Thanks so much it does help to know that they can change if you keep on them. I have always had big dogs and NONE of my puppies ever growled at me at such a young age so i was a little concerned. I did hold him on his side when he got nippy with me and he got very angry at that but i held him till he settled down. I don't and do not allow him to be bothered all the time when he is sleeping in his crate, which he already uses by himself when he wants to sleep but there are sometimes when i need him to move or wake up and i don't want him to think he can be aggressive over his crate. I don't just grab him really fast or anything, i will say his name and touch him first and then try to move him so its not that i am startling him, he just doesn't want to get up lol. He is very dominate with my big dogs but i don't allow that either, when he is trying to i make him stop. The only thing is the reason why i got a little dog was so he could sleep with me cause my husband won't let our 70 lb boxers in our bed so i follow all the dominance rules in every other aspect but i really want him to stay sleeping with me, he does so good by the way. So is it possible to get this fixed and still let him sleep with me, anyone had luck with it?
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