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Old 06-19-2013, 02:13 PM
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I have a question for all of you because I have never had to deal with this before. My mom recently purchased a chi pup about 2 months ago. She is around four months old. The cutest spunkiest puppy ever.. but she is starting to show her "attitude side." My mom called me last night asking for advice and I didn't know what to tell her. I guess the puppy will break out and bite really hard if she is either really excited or really sleepy. My mom said she can see it in her eyes. It's like an evil glare and then the teeth show and then she snaps.

I have been really impressed with my mom and her new dog. My mom has not been babying this cute pup and she is firm with her when it comes to training. She took her to a trainer for a pup class when she first got her and the guy said to show dominance by lightly closing her mouth. (Light enough so her tongue could come out) This has really worked for puppy teething but now she is starting to disregard it and now bite harder when excited.

I guess when my mom wants her to go outside or anytime my mom calls the pup she will run the other way and hide. I'm not sure why. And my mom has never hit her dog for her to fear her. Honestly though I don't think it is fear. I think it is stubborness. I told my mom to reward the pup when she comes to her for a treat and even that rarely works. I'm stumped.

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You say she bites when excited or sleepy, but can you be more specific? Is the excited biting part of her playing, or trying to get toys etc, and is her sleepy biting when you try and move her for example?
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I am pretty sure when she is excited she is just chomping harder and not responding to having her mouth closed like the trainer says. When she is sleepy though, she is being snotty and mean. You don't wanna go near her when she is sleeping because she will wake up with attitude and bite with all teeth bared.
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She sleeps in a kennel so when it is time to go to bed and she is already sleeping she will let you know that she is not a fan. This also happens if she is accidentally bumped or if you try to pet her while she is snoozing.
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Is she allowed to sleep on laps or on the furniture? I would stop this if she is. Only allow her up on the furniture at your invitation. As soon as she growls, down she goes.
If she is biting when excited whilst playing, don't allow the play to escalate to that point. Make sure that you are in control, and the play stops when you say. Instead of holding her mouth, try withdrawing all attention. If she bites, she gets a firm 'no!' and the fun stops.
Chis are very clever, and very stubborn. You just need to be a bit firmer with the boundaries.
When she is sleeping in her kennel, leave her in peace. If you have to wake her up, get her attention first by calling her name, then get her to leave the kennel on her own.
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Holding a pups mouth shut, even gently, is not gonna work! I think Stella has the right ideas. Just be consistent, and she will grow up to be a great dog.
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Ya know, when my mom told me that is what the trainer told her to do, I thought it was a bit strange. I guess wolves in packs do it and that's where some trainers got their ideas from. I told her what was said in your posts and she is gonna give it a try. I have two males and all I have to do is look at them with an evil eye when they do something wrong and they submiss. Sounds like this girl has it in her head that it is her way or no way and that is not gonna fly!
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This "biting" while you are playing is a normal habitat for a puppy.
They have to learn to not really bite and being gentle.

That will al happen when she gets older..

If she is really rough, trie to whimper as if she hurts you that often works.

And if she doesn't like to be peted while she is snoozing...stop it I also don't like it if there is someone waking me up everytime I'm snoozing, just because he's bored or wants to cuddle me.

It's a good way to get her attention irst before you have to take her of the kennel.
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