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Old 11-10-2013, 08:54 PM
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Can anyone please help. We have a 12 week old female chihuahua whos getting more & more aggressive. I've had dogs before & never experienced a problem like ths! We also have 2 cats, one 2yrs old and the other a year old. Zailey started off lovely & having ad dogs before I've been firm in training & she has learnt to sit, lie down & is toilet trained. Not bad I thought in 4 weeks. The problem is her aggressive nature. She can be fine one minute then all of a sudden become very snappy & vicious. This is not normal puppy behaviour I have ever experienced. I have had to take away all soft toys as ths encourages her to be like it. If you sometimes put a collar on she will turn other times she may jump at your legs & attack trousers or your dressing gown etc. I've tred saying NO & giving time out or ignoring her but she just comes at you. You daren't pick her up when she's like it for fear of your face!! I'm phoning a trainer tomorrow to see what she suggests as we really at end of the line. We paid a lot of money & I'm not a quitter but seriously we not no what to do. Sometimes she's so adorable & lovely it just doesn't make sense.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:31 PM
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Aiiiii ai ai, and she is so young too...woow, that*s sounds like a handful..... I guess some babies are just born posh then, haha.. Baby was never evil as a puppy, but his naughty side has come out for sure now that he is older, haha...but he is very spoiled so I understand it, but if you train her and everything, I don*t understand her behavior......hmmm...does she have toys she likes and that she can take her nauhtyness out on? Hehe..
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I'm so sorry to hear your little girl is giving you problems. First off I would keep being persistent and repetitive with the NO.
Also do you have a crate ? If so when she plays up give her time out in her crate, she will learn after a wile that bad behaviour results in being separated for a wile.

Thats all the advise I have to give. There are plenary of people here who have rescued chi's who I'm sure had the same problems you did and who can help you more.

The trainer sounds like a good idea.

Also ... Try keep tabs on things that set her off (if any) try write down every time she gets a little snappy and also write down the minutes that led up to it and see if you can spot a pattern might help the trainer, if he knows what sets her off.

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I think the trainer is a good idea. You need to figure out why she is being aggressive, it is not normal puppy behaviour. The trainer can observe her and should hopefully be able to tell you what is making her act like this.
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I do think we have to try a trainer! There seems to be no one thing that triggers it that we've noticed as I've tried looking. At first thought it was the one year old cat as they just run round after each other, but kept them separated & not that. Thought it was putting on a collar so tried click training & rewarding & it's not just that. It does seem to be worse if we all home, one to one is no problem. She does have a play pen that we use when out & at night but been told not to use that as punishment. So she gets shut in the kitchen but its getting her there without her attacking you. Yet take her out for walk & great with strangers & walking.......there is my answer walk her all day & bring her home to sleep ha ha. Will keep posted with trainers ideas tomorrow. Thank you for comments.
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Please make sure that this trainer is a POSITIVE based trainer. just remember violence begets violence. I think this baby is getty really "over excited' when there are more than one on one is present. She needs to be on a leash/harness when there are lots of people present, and as soon as you see her getting out of control, into her pen she goes. She will look on her pen as her 'space' and it won't seem like punishment. I'd not tell her bad dog, nor punish her in any way, just put her in the pen. Good luck.
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Just keeping you updated, I have spoken to trainer & I have taken over as main disciplinary in the house. She thinks it is purely just a "terrible 2's" like behaviour & it is getting over excited that is causing the problem. When she gets to that stage now I ave a pot full of buttons which I shake & it distracts her from what she was doing. I then give her a toy & say good girl & off she goes. In the last few days she is a very different dog. I've also sent my daughter to her dads even though she's 13 as she wants to pick her up all the time & cuddle her whereas I am a firm believer until they are trained they going on the floor apart from a treat! Enrolled into puppy class on 30/11 which will aid training. She's very dubious of walking but I keep on & on taking her out & making her walk. She met my mums 1yr old Cockerpoo yesterday & we went wood walking which was highly amusing!
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Wow !! What a fast turn around im so pleased for you that the trainer has helped !! Before you know it she will be the perfect companion for you and your family !! Chis do tend to get very hypo especially when they play... Well I know mine does. Keep us posted on her progress. Keep up the great work
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