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Old 08-13-2014, 11:37 AM
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Hello there!
I'm reading in this forum since many years, but now I really need your guys advice!

I have a 4 year old Chihuahua girl named Penelope that was living with me since she was about 4 weeks old (was a rescue dog). There was never a problem with her and other people or dogs, until one day two years ago when she got bitten by another dog while playing. Since then, she had serious trust issues with other dogs and would even let them sniff or come near her at any time. I tried everything but she just kept immediately attacking other dogs. So after two years trying and trying in every dog park, I decided to get a second dog. I thought if she would realise that not every dog is an enemy she would feel more secure again.

So I took in a second Chihuahua girl named Chihui. She is about 7 month old and also a rescue dog. It took us about one month and the two were fine with each other and my plan worked because Penelope is now not scared of other dogs anymore! She is not yet exactly playing with them like before but at least she is not stressed around them!

Now my problem: At the beginning, they two barked at each other and had little fights about toys or food, but after a little while it stopped and they got along really well. Now, all of a sudden they start to fight again. One looks at the other, without food or toys involved and they both start growling and barking and in the end they really start to fight and snap at each other!

I'm not sure what to do now, and I would be happy for any ideas!

And please excuse this very loooong post =)

Thank you very much!!
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:06 PM
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Congrats on your new addition. Sorry that things aren't going well. Can you be more specific about the incidents where these fights are occurring? If it is really serious, I'd suggest consulting with a behaviorist to help you get to the root of things. I have 4 chi's, 3 of which are girls. My girls get Into little spats with one another every great while. After I intervene things usually go back to normal. Without any idea on what exactly is the cause of your two fighting, it's hard to give advice on the best steps to correcting it. If these spats are just happening randomly where nothing seems to be the cause, then getting an expert involved may be your best bet. Otherwise keep a watchful eye, feed them separate, give their treats in separate areas, try and take them out on nice long walks together and engage in playtime with the 3 of you. Hopefully others will chime in with advice as well as some of their experiences. Btw, we love pics! Would love to see pics of your girls😊
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Do you intervene when they get growly and snarly? I'd make a loud noise to get their attention. Then I'd try to get their attention on something else. Are they trained or could you give them a que to do something like sit/down exercises?
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I would recommend getting a good behaviourist in for some advice. I've had problems with my two for the past 3years. It's got to the point now where they are living in separate rooms because it went from an occasional fight to fighting every time they were together.
I was on the verge of re homing bailey my youngest as he was the one attacking but I've given things one last try with a very experienced behaviourist who has over 20years experience with aggression.
I do think it's best to get advice early on than deal with what I'm going through. I did have advice early on but not with the right person so I would say choose the behaviourist carefully or you could end up wasting money and time like I did!
This time around I've done quite a bit of research to find the right help and I do trust the lady I'm working with now, things are starting to get better after 1 week.
Please feel free to message me for a chat anytime, I know how upsetting and stressful it can be when you're dogs don't get on.
Good luck in sorting the problem out xx
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Thank you all very much for your answers!

I watched them very carefully the last two days and it is very clear that the older one, Penelope, always start the fight. She starts barking at Chihui when she is looking at her the wrong way, wiggling her tail and moving her head up and down =)! I don't have the feeling that it is over toys or food or even me specifically, I think, it's just a "wrong look" =) I know that sounds crazy... Then she either continuos barking for a few minutes or I can calm her down somehow.
When she does not stop barking and even starts to growl a little bit, Chihui also starts snarling and then Penelope "attacks". They never fight until one of them is bleeding, but there is definitely to much aggression involved in my opinion! I tried to intervene at the beginning, but it did not change and so I then thought maybe I should let them solve "their problem" by themselves? (I would obviously stand by very close and intervene if it would get dangerous for one of them!) But as I don't exactly know, how much I should consider "normal", I think I will follow your guys advice and try to contact a behaviourist!

After Penelope was bitten like two years ago, I went with her to a behaviourist and was very disappointed because I got the typical "a-Chihuahua-is-not-a-real-dog-anyhow" treatment, if you know what I mean... I spend a lot of money just for being upset and be treated in a very bad way, even though I read good recommendations on the internet before about this person!
But I will try it again, maybe this time I will be more lucky =)

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They are adorable! I love the pictures of them cuddling together. Surely there must be some love there? Sorry about your bad experience with the last behaviorist, hopefully you will have better luck this time. Feel free to keep us posted on this. We'd love to know the outcome of things. And we hope you stick around, there's plenty of room here for new comers 😊
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When I was ringing round and speaking to behaviourists I did get told on a couple of occasions that it would be too much work and best to just re home one! Also the lady I'm working with said she knows other behaviourists that won't work with chihuahuas at all!
I have spoken to so many in the past few weeks, it really is just a case of ringing round and speaking to them to find out how they deal with things and how much experience they have etc..
My two dont actually fight over anything either but I've been told bailey is insecure and jealous of Charlie and that's what is causing the problems x
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I am also having the same problem with 2 of my Chihuahua. Sweety, the oldest dog in the family doesn't like the new addition. She starts growling at the other. I don't even put them in one room together or else they might start biting at each other.
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