Hello everyone! I'm new here and I had a few questions about my Chihuahua, Tico.
So, I'm in college right now, but it's close enough so I can live at home. I have a good chance of getting in Ohio State through transfering, though. My cousin said I can live with her if I get in. Now, this is where the questions arise...
My dog's 8 years old and I can't tell if he thinks he's dominant or not. He's never in his enitre life with us (which has been since he was 7 weeks) humped any one. I know that's now dogs try to dominate people. He listens to me when I tell him to do stuff, I
make him work for treats and such. He sometimes, however, does what I tell him very grudingly. He knows he's not supposed to do some things, but he's very sneaky and still insists on doing wrong. Like yesterday, for instance, he decided to take a stroll down the street, which scared the crap out of me
I ran outside to get him and told him to get in the house. He growled at me the entire time, but still did what I said.
If you noticed, I said that I, myself, make him work for his food. Other people just give him treats for no reason though. I know that's probably confusing him and might have something to do with his attitude.
About moving to my cousin's house. He's met her before, as well as her 4 kids, because they've visited us in the summer/during holidays many times since he was 2 years old. He was never agressive with them. Even when my aunt came down with her Chihuahua mix, he never growled or anything. I'm not worried about Tico with other dogs, because so far he's been really good with other dogs and kids. The weird thing is that he really barks at a lot of new people when they come in the house. My cousin has a new boyfriend and he lives with them now. Tico didn't bark at him at first, when he came in our house, but I think he was freaked out by the amount of people and the excitement in the room or something like that.
The thing is, though, I don't know how he'll act in someone else's house. I mean, I'd think it'd be easy to "re-train" him, if that's the word you want to use, since it's a new environment that he has no attachment to. But I'm not sure. I also want to ask my cousins and aunt how they've trained their dogs because they only bark at the door when someone's there.
So, basically, my real questions are:
Does Tico think he's dominant over me or what?
How will he act in a new household? Will he still act territorial or will he be nervous?