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Old 08-26-2015, 09:09 PM
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Unhappy 7 week chihuahua with aggression issues

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I have owned this chihuahua for 8 days now. Yes, 6 weeks is very early, but I got him with fleas and ear infections. Sometimes he can be super lovable, but other time he can be aggressive with me. I know that biting is normal for a pup, but sometimes I will pet him or pick him up and he will growl at me and try to bite me aggressively. I'm nervous, because I know his dad was aggressive and I know that their personalities can depend a lot on their parents. Is there any way to turn him into a nice and friendly pup all the time? Please help!! Thank you!
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:02 AM
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More often than not, this type of aggression is fear based. In a 7 week old, please don't make sudden movements, don't stare at his face, don't pick him up without warning. Always make sure he knows what you are doing. When he does get aggressive, just react with putting him down/leave the room for 15 seconds. (you or the dog!) Just imagine how it feels to have a 'giant' lean over and pick you up! You'll get there, it'll just take some time.

I had a fear biter at 12 weeks when I first got her. I slowed down, always picked her up, after I spoke to her. I tried not to lean over her. She used to snappy at the vet's though. They know her and are very good with her. Never has to be muzzled. They just talk with her.
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Yeah I see what you're saying and thanks for your response, but why is it that it tends to be when he's not getting his way? He is usually okay with being picked up and always okay with being stared at in the face, but sometimes he will want to play and I go to pet him and I think he thinks I'm going to pick him up, but then he will growl, or he will be biting on me or others and we will pick him up to get him away from the situation so he can play with his toys instead but then he will growl because he still wants to bite. So I'm wondering if it's a dominance issue? What do you think?
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:20 AM
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He is a baby! "I want to play now" and I don't want to cuddle! He is telling you the only way he can, 'stop doing what you're doing, it is making me uncomfortable'. Now growling and showing teeth are not acceptable behavior, but at this tender age removing your self from the puppy, or vise versa is a suitable punishment. Saying NO, or shaking him, or other forms of positive punishment is unacceptable for now. Keep up with the talking to him before you pick him up.
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Are you sure it isn't just normal puppy play behaviour? Biting and growling and general 'rough and tumble' is how young puppies play together. Since he was removed from his family too young, he is using you as a substitute playmate.
Normally the mother will teach the pups manners around other dogs and also bite inhibition. As your pup hasn't got a mother to teach him you will have to teach him these things.
Dogs are not motivated by 'dominance', that is an old fashioned idea in dog training which has been disproved.
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Sounds like puppy behavior. Walk away if he gets too aggressive or nippy. Momma dog wouldn't put up with it nor should you. And praise the behavior you want ether by playing with him ( teach fetch ) or small treats of turkey. Or if he is getting to be too much a break from you in a crate will not harm him. And it would be a good time to train to crate as well. Remember they are learning at this stage, and need boundaries.
I have found even with a chi, they are all dog even though they are small. As my 4 month old acts the same as my corgi's did at this age. She is just in a smaller package.
Also if he is starting to chew on things, get him things to chew on, so he will not chew on you. If I feel teeth on me from my dogs I will tell them about it, they know it is a no. Generally just like a puppy or dog would I yip to let the dog know it hurts. But when they are young is it distracting that works best. If you feel teeth, get a toy out to distract him to chew on that instead of you.
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My 8 week old is doing the same thing but he usually stops when I tell him no, no
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