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Old 08-25-2013, 01:44 AM
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Exclamation Need advice please!

I'm not looking at the fact that they're Chihuahuas, I'm looking at the fact their dogs and I need help from dog-owners. so please help me!

George and Bryan are two five year old Chihuahuas - brothers.



As you can see, we've had them since well, birth.

Here's Bryan now.



Here's George now.



Bryan always acts so dominate/submissive towards George and I think it's making George stressed. He sends out snorts and growls and snarls to George whenever he's near the food bowl or water or beds or sofa, he constantly licks things and us, Bryan will also try to snap at George whenever there's like a chewy treat involved...

So I just don't know, I hate to get rid of animals - I don't want to be irresponsible, but when it comes to the point of George having to be hand-fed due to his fear of Bryan's dominance over him - *I literally hand feed George his kibble, almost every piece until its gone because he wont eat with Bryan around* its sorta scary and ridiculous right?

Scary, because I'm afraid a fight will break out one day, and ridiculous that - they're brothers and I know they were raised since birth and we helped birth them, so we shouldn't have to deal with this, but hey, I'm not a dog, I don't speak dog, what do I know?

So, for the safety of my dogs, should I get rid of Bryan? *I'd never get rid of George, as that'd be heartbreaking for him - hes way too bonded to my mom.*

I don't even know if my mom would allow any of this to come to mind as she loves the dogs too much, but if they're freaking each other out, maybe she'll listen. Just maybe.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:21 AM
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The whole dominance theory is pretty outdated now.
Growling and snarling, even snapping are normal forms of dog communication.
Why do you think that Bryan's behaviour is stressing George out? Is it just the eating issue?
I don't think (from what you have written) that there is a major issue with these dogs, they possibly just need managing better.
How do you react when Bryan is pushy with George? How long has this behaviour been happening for? When did it start and why?
It sounds more like Bryan is resource guarding, trying to keep the food, treats etc for himself. You can train him out of this behaviour.
If they aren't actually fighting, I think it is far too early to even think of re-homing Bryan.
Start feeding them in separate rooms. If giving chew treats make sure they both have one, and preferably a third as a spare. Improve Bryan's basic obedience. Hard to advise further without more info.
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I'll take him to obedience classes and make him better behaved.

Hey do you think you can email me by any chance or add me on Skype? Its easier to reach me there and I'd really appreciate some one-on-one talking about this.
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Stella is right! It's way too early to think about re homing. I have to put Angel in his crate when they have bully sticks or any treat that is more than a mouthful! I stand over them while they eat to make sure that Angel, our chi, doesn't steal food from Susuie, our golden. I know have it so that Angel has to sit and wait for Susie to finish eating before he can run off! Kind do like with kids, everyone is at the dinner table until everyone has finished eating!

Also, what about play time and exercise? Do they each get time when you play with them? It is very important that they interact with you and each other! When I take Angel ouside to play chase the ball, he seems to behave better! Same with a training session! Walking is also very good!

Sounds like they need something to tire them out! I've also read that when they have issues like Bryan and George, that they need to sort them out themselves. But that is easier said than done! If I don't monitor mine when they eat, Angel will move right in on Susie's food and eat it all! She will just back away and let him have it! Then I would have one huge, fat chi and one undernourished golden! Hahaha! She will let him have whatever he wants!

I don't know what kind of training you have done with them, but there is a book called NILIF - Nothing In Life is Free.

I think you will get some good advice from others here also.
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When I visited my daughter with my dogs. I have to feed mine in the bedroom with the door closed as her male will bite the rest over food. I would feed Bryan in another room with the door closed and feed George at the usual place..kitchen. Bryan needs to be by himself to eat.
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My mom works two days a week. My dad works all days during the week - only off Saturdays and Sundays.

Mom works until 8, 9 or even later, if she's on call who knows when she'll be home.

My school gets out at 1 PM and I go to my grandparents for lunchtime, I usually get home about 2-3 PM?

So do you think that doggy daycare would be good for Bryan & George? A half a day of daycare which would be about 4 hours, I also want to incorporate at a different part of the week a training session for both of them. Something like a course from the Humane Society that's nearby us, nothing fancy. But I've been wondering about daycare for socializing them, do you think it'll be worth it?
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I think doggy day care sounds a good idea,are they both neutered ?
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