Originally Posted by ittychichilover
You need to take back control and show him his place in the pack! This is very hard to do with chi's since we do tend to treat them like babies and overindulge with excessive petting and letting them sleep/sit where we do. My behavioral trainer had me quit things cold turkey with Ziggy. He was also growling and raising his upper lip and showing teeth. My trainer said this is always what they do before they eventually bite! There is a great article called "Who's In Charge Here" a lesson in becoming alpha male by Vicki DeGruy. Google it! Worked for me and it even helped with the separation anxiety Ziggy had. There is a lot of info in this article...I decided to choose a few things off the list to help with his growling. First, he wasn't allowed to come in or outside without sitting and staying. I had him stay until I walked in/out the door FIRST and then command "okay" and he was allowed to follow me. I taught him to "heel" while walking. Another way for a dog to be in control of you by walking ahead. I didn't allow him to sit and hang out on the couch with us for about 1 month. He has his crate and also a cozy bed in another room that he can choose from. He isn't allowed in our room which is considered our "den" and he patiently sits and waits outside the door now. His crate is HIS "den". I don't typically give him bones or treats in his crate unless I'm going to be gone to work or running errands. That special treat is his mini kong with all natural organic peanut butter straight from the freezer...about a tiny teaspoon worth stuffed inside. I give him his bully or venison cakes in his cozy bed in the other room. Locking him in his crate is his safe space and therefore he is only protecting his space/den. I also have him sit on command before petting and receiving his meals. You would be surprised how affective the tips are in that article!!! I had to slowly allow him back on the couch with us only at night while watching TV about 1 month after starting this training process. He hasn't growled since! And I can take away any treat/bone by saying "off". Good luck!
That is exactly what I do!! Believe it or not I am somewhat of a disciplinarian (if thats a word!) Even when my kids were young! I was the one who did the disciplining. Hubby said, "Mommy's gonna get you, better watch out!" I had seen too many spoiled kids and decided mine wouldn't be. And when we got our three dogs (all at once pretty much) I went to obedience school, did not feed them from the table, and was fairly strict with them. They even had "quiet time" after nine o'clock.
Angel does not go out the door unless I am out first, he sits and I say come. He sits and waits for his meals. I put the food down, talk to him a bit and then give the okay! He is not allowed on any furniture. If he is in my lap, it is because he is invited. If he gets in my lap with an invitation, I put him down, wait about 10-20 seconds and then invite him up. Sometimes I just put him off and say "no." He sleeps in his crate in our bedroom. He rides in the car in a carrier. If he is in my lap or get up on furniture when he shouldn't he will get down with "off" command! He is a tough one to figure! I want him to have these yummy treats, but without growling. Tonight I am going to try wearing gloves and holding it while he chews it. I don't have any other ideas.
When I am in the kitchen fixing supper he will stay in his safe spot. He may stray once or twice, but he goes back if I just look at him.
Now, here may lie my problem: hubby is not on board with training! He is fine with him just the way he is! But I refuse that I CANNOT train him myself! I have started "butting in!" when he is not behaving the way I want him to with my husband! I may end up in an argument or two, but I cannot have this dog biting!
I am going to check out the article you recommended. I am open to any more suggestions.
Last night surprised my husband. We were sitting in the living room and Angel was in his lap. He got down and came over to me. I invited him up and hubby was taken aback! hehehe.
I also need to note that I have a golden retriever. She is actually amazing! The only thing I work with her on is her greeting people! haha She is a super good dog!