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Old 02-24-2013, 10:34 AM
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Hi,
I just got my little Lilly from a rescue. She is a year old and they told me she had beem mauled by a bigger dog. You can see at the top of her head she has scars and her front paw will go gimpy sometimes from the damage that they could not fix in the two operations.

I have had her a week and everything was fine but last niht she was sleeping on the couch wraaped up in a blanket. I woke her up to take her out and she started snapping and growling like she wanted to bite me. I was so scared she was like a different dog. I wait a minute and she finally calmed down enough for me to take her out but when we came back in she was still nippy and growling and wanted nothing to do with me. She went to her bed and back to sleep and this morning she is her old loving self.

Do you think this might have something to do with her being attacked. The lady at the shelter said she had been adopted before but the people brought her back after a few days. I just adore Lilly and i could not see myself doing this..

Thank you for listening. This has been such a trying month. My chihuahua Muffin who i had for 12 years died on the 19th of January and Lilly has been such welcome addition to our family. She has really helped heal the hole in my heart any insite you could give me would be welcomed..

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:34 PM

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If you startled her waking her up,she probably thought she was being attacked again,maybe she's been abused by her previous owners ?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:07 PM
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Our Angel is like that, but he has never been attacked! We got him at nine weeks old! Unfortunately, we just have a chi with bad genes.

However, I am determined to break him of his bad habits. There are "work-arounds" I am using for the interim. If he is somewhere I don't want him, like if he gets on a chair uninvited, I simply say "off" and he gets down. Then I can pick him up. He is not allowed on furniture, not allowed in my lap unless I tell him it's okay. Three days ago he bit twice, and he got me good! Each time it was because I was taking him outside when he didn't want to go. That is not acceptable for me! So I have to work on it. Also, if he is sleeping, anywhere, be it in his crate, on hubby's lap, or mine, I always give the command off or come. Occasionally I do have to intice him with a treat.

Just give her some time to settle in. You've only had her a week. Teach her basic commands and it will make things easier. For the time being you might be able to use work-arounds like I am doing.

Good luck with her! She may just need a little patience.
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Thank you both so much for your replies..
I was thinking the same thing about the abuse and her thinking she was being attacked.
She is such a sweetheart and i do take part of the blame because i do believe i scared her.
I will be patience ..i know all she need is a little love and time.

Thanks again
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I'm sure you will get there.Good luck
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 AM
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Try not to let this little girl get away with this. I would warn her every time I was going to pick her up by saying 'up' before actually lifting her. Snapping and snarling are all good 'warning' mechanics by your dog----don't punish her. She is telling you that she is uncomfortable with what you are doing. If you punish her, she may go into a bite first, instead of warning you. I would not allow her on the couch if this is what happens when you 'wake' her up. Until she realizes that you are "top dog" then she can do without the couch! good luck with her.
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I have just posted on another biting thread about when rascal was biting. He would bite absolutely everything and it was really sore but everytime he did I would let out a big yelp like a dog and stop playing with him and walk away for about ten seconds before I went back to play again. He soon realised that biting was not allowed and realised kisses were better
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"Let sleeping dogs lie..." I think this saying is based on the reality that even "non-traumatized" dogs do NOT like to be disturbed while sleeping.

But for those dogs who HAVE been traumatized, I remember the rash of Vietnam veterans with PTSD (often undiagnosed). If they were awakened suddenly, many of them had quite violent reactions, I think due to nightmares & flashbacks to traumatic events that were alive in their subconscious.

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