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Old 04-24-2014, 01:29 AM
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Tito and I recently moved from Thailand to Vietnam.
Tito has always been a bit naughty, but it is getting worse and worse!
He will be 1 year in June.

Things I need help with:

- He jumps on me any time
- he randomly barks at all hours of the day
- he steals things he knows he isn't suppose to, and chew them up for attention
- he bites feet and hands and sometimes goes for the face
- He won't stay and runs for the door every time it opens.
- He begs and barks for human food.

I know I need to walk him more and that he is probably bored, but I need to train him better too. PLEASE HELP!
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:14 AM
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You have answered your own question lol He needs more exercise and stimulation, he is acting like a normal young dog.
Start walking him regularly, it will make a huge difference. Also start rewarding good behaviour, so he knows what you want from him. So don't tell him off for being naughty, praise him when he is sitting calmly. Then start training him. Decide what you want him to learn, and teach it in short sessions, Chis are very clever and he will learn quickly. So to teach sit tell him 'sit' and hold a treat above his head. When he sits he gets the treat. Keep rewarding the right behaviour, and they soon catch on. By repeating the procedure they associate the word with the action.
Don't allow him to jump on you, or to mouth any part of you. If he jumps up tell him 'off' and praise when he does. If he tries to chew your hands, remove them from his reach, and distract with a toy.
The only way to stop him begging for human food is to never give him any. Make him wait in his bed or crate while you eat. If you want to share, feed him his after you have finished. Use it as an opportunity to reinforce his training, so make him do something to earn the treat
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I agree with Stella. I also think you should use a crate more often. And try ignoring him or walk away from him when he's badly behaving. Find some treats that he loves and reward good behavior. Maybe try giving him a bullystick or chew to keep him occupied while you are doing things. It usually takes mine atleast 30 min to finish their bullystick and takes my younger ones longer. But gives me a chance to fold clothes or load the dishwasher or talk on the phone etc without being disrupted for a while. Good luck to you!


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For biting, what works with my boxer pup is ignoring. When we play and she bites, I get up and leave her or turn my back. When she really tries to push her luck she gets locked-up and ignored (some don't agree with locking up in crate). Her biting is down to about 10% of what it used to be (trainer says some light biting is normal for pups). Must be firm and consistent about this.

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You can get a great book to help you with these problems. This is the Dummies series. Chihuahuas for Dummies. Good book. Has loads of info.
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I use a crate a lot! He loves his crate!

Also, keep a squirt bottle handy! It works magic! If Angel sees me reach for it, he stops the bad behavior immediately!
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One thing that really helps me that I didn't see mentioned is to have my chi wait for me to go through doors/gates first. He now automatically waits. I started by holding him back with his leash, sometimes having him sit but not always and then sayin "come" when I was through the door/gate. It's a little thing that made a big difference for us. When he forgets and goes ahead of me say a gentle "no" and bring him back and we do it again. I'll be watching for your progress reports. Good Luck!
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Also take into consideration your big move, and the dog's instinctual need for routine and a schedule of things to do. Walking a dog isn't so important as to release Tito's energy in a way that makes him feel a part of your routine and schedule, helping him feel secure and accomplished while exercising his body. Since there's been a lot of changes in his world, he's reaching out to steady himself and give himself confidence in unhealthy and manipulative ways.

It doesn't sound to me like he's too far along, he's just testing his boundaries. All dogs will stumble into a bad quirk accidentally, but it's about recognizing that random quirk when it starts happening (barking for fun, a rough play bite) and giving a clear and absolute alternative that you (the person Tito trusts) are comfortable with before the habit gets too cemented.

Alternatives include (but are in no way limited to: )
-redirection ("Here, chew this instead!" or "Here, eat this instead!")
-distancing Tito from the negative situation (hooking him up to a leash near his food and water) until he calms
-removing Tito altogether from the negative situation until he calms (crate or playpen. A different room may heighten anxiety)

Set Tito up for success! If you know that he runs to the door and can't stay, put him on a leash when people come over and reward him if he's calm. If you know Tito is getting too rowdy while playing, stop playing the game that was riling him up and play another game. If he isn't understanding what you're asking, do some research and switch your methods up a bit. All dogs are different!

Most importantly, teach Tito about his world! You'd be so surprised just how fast these little dogs learn if you just talk to them about things. My chihuahua picked up what "water" was just by me telling her "water" every time she drank. If you haven't taught him how to "Sit" perfectly then that's the best place to start. It's your jumping off point. That way, when Tito doesn't understand what you're asking, you both can default to sit without frustration or obligation and start the lesson over, or end on a good note.

Taking him outside twice a day in a structured environment will also help drain his energy and stimulate his eager little mind. Just sounds like some "teenage angst"

I wish you & Tito luck! He may just grow out of the whole thing entirely! Always remember, it's important for you to be comfortable with all the methods you use. Never use a training method you're unsure about or don't understand. Please keep us updated!
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