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Old 08-10-2017, 10:34 PM
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It's nice to find a place full of chihuahua people! My boy casull (everyone calls him castle) is 6 years old and full of attitude. He's had a very traumatic past and it's left him full of stress and fear aggression. He and I have been inseperable since he was just a tiny 2 month old and lived with friends of mine. Thewould potty got him as a friend to their 1 year old son, he was picked up by the tail, grabbed around the neck, they didn't supervise their interactions and it got to the point he bit their son and they wanted to get rid of him. My sister was looking for a chihuahua for her deployed husband at the time and she took him home. My oldest nephew started screaming at him as soon as he got home from work, my sister locked him in a kennel alone downstairs in the dark (he was used to sleeping with someone so he cried a lot) than she yelled at him until he stopped and my nephew got up in the morning to go to work he sat in front of the kennel kicking it with his boot and being an ***. I got on my nephew about being a jerk and I tried talking to my sister. About a week later she wanted him to stay with me because he was snapping at the kids (he wasn't potty trained they were smacking his behind when he potty in the house) it scared him so he started to snap back and she would than have him smacked again. It took me no time to potty train him, I've never laid a hand on him and I've been working very hard on his fear aggression towards....... Everything. It took me a long time to get him ok with kids and he's finally started not snapping at them.My other sisters niece stays with me during the day and when she falls asleep he has started guarding her to the point he will bite me if I come close to her and I don't know what to do. It's started happening when she's in time out and I don't want to scare him more but I want him to know it's OK that I'm not going to hurt her. He has ivdd, diagnosed three years ago and part of me wonders if it's from all the smacking he got. Most of my family don't like him and it's hard to explain that he's scared he's not being mean. I've read books on fear aggression, does anyone size have this problem and have any advice? Thank you everyone!
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:21 AM
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Oh dear!! What a problem. I wonder if before she goes to nap you could somehow separate them, so you don't have to come close to her? Maybe put him in a pen/open crate, so he could see you, but not have to resource guard her? Do you raise your voice at the child when she goes into time out? Just wondering. I'm really admiring you for how much you've worked with this dog. He is lucky to have you!
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:52 AM
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I've had to crate him when his ivdd flares up and he literally screams. It's actually hard to explain, it's high pitched and piercing. He used to be terrified from someone sticking out their tongue or puffing up their cheeks. He's scared of a coffee cup if I'm holding him and a coffee cup it gets close to him and he tries to get away. I've been told he needs to be socialized but I don't know anyone who would sit and get barked and growled at. Taking him for walks is difficult I'd like to try giving people snacks to give to him but as soon as he starts barking people tend to snear and walk away. I've been trying to keep a closer check on my feelings and stress now that this has gotten to biting. I don't yell, try to be firm without raising my voice but I do realize if I'm overly stressed he's going to feel it and turn that into aggression. The last few weeks he's started getting nasty with my sister's dog who hasn't done anything wrong but he just goes crazy on him. He's started running up to my cat that he used to play with and snarling and going after him he doesn't hurt him but for whatever reason their relationship has changed. His mood has just changed so much and it worries me for him and I don't want anyone else to get hurt or get mad at him because that just doesn't help. I contacted a local chihuahua rescue for advice about what I could do they suggested a few books the one I found I've been reading and working on applying what I've read.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:27 PM
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Could his pain levels be getting worse? That would likely raise his stress levels and make him more reactive. Maybe he is in the early stages of arthritis, which could be anywhere. I also think you should put being firm out of your mind. Instead, be excited! Person coming near? Say his name in an excited voice, move away from the scary thing, tell him what a wonderful dog he is, and give him a treat. Even if the treat is not coming from the other person, you can give him treats when they are around. Someone shared a Sophia Yin video showing that it is better to give treats to a scared/aggressive dog than to be firm or corrective. It was quite eye-opening to me, though I struggle to follow the advice myself many times!

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Thank you for the video! I meant I'm firm with my niece, I always work on calming myself before I talk to him even when I'm happy voiced and excited he will growl at me. I can be just going up to my niece sitting on the couch, just going to talk to her but not angry or mad he growls and at times he acts like he wants on my lap I'll go to lift him he growls but than keeps trying to get on my lap. They get fish oil everyday and coconut oil. They gave him a pain and an anti inflammatory for his ivdd as needed. His ivdd gets bad to the point he can't move but that hasn't happened in over a year.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:30 AM
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Maybe you could build/buy some doggie steps/ramp, so that Casul can come onto your lap when you are sitting down? On his time. don't pet him yet As for the meds for ivdd can you give it every day? Arthritis does not really take a day off, and pain relief needs to be constant. Ask your vet for ideas about anti inflammatories to give every day. Give them a month or so, and then make a decision about whether it helps.
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