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Old 12-23-2017, 05:03 AM
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Angry Desperate, need help with agressive chi

Hi.
My chi Lucia is now 1 1/2 years old. She used to be sweet and loving. She is not yet spayed. After she went in to her first heat, she became agressive.

She is still good most of the time, but when she is asleep, sometimes she snaps, and tries to bite if she is moved.

She sleeps in bed with me, and sometimes if I move too much, she gets very angry.

The same thing happens, if she is sleeping next to me, when I sit in my chair watching TV, in the family room.

I have tried telling her no. I have tried reasoning with her (I mean talking nicely to her, in hopes that she will calm down). I have tried yelling at her etc.

Please help me figure out how I can fix this issue.

I know one option, is to leave her downstairs when I go to bed, but I hate to do that, especially since my other (much older) dog goes to bed with me.

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Old 12-27-2017, 02:25 PM
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Do you have her a crate/pen for her?
You can still have her in the room but leave her in a crate/pen at night.
I think if she's behaving the way she is she shouldn't be allowed to sleep on the bed until she learns that bitting/growling isn't acceptable especially towards you.
Every time she does bite/growl giving her a very strern "NO" and maybe even put her down if she's on the bed/chair or the couch. So she can get the idea.
Does she behave like that toward your older dog?

This has been going on for about a year?
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:01 PM
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Ari has it right. I would pick this pup up and put her on the floor EVERY time she showed her teeth/growled/snapped etc. If you do it fast enough, with a word that she knows she did wrong (sometimes 'no' loses its meaning if used a lot). "Uh uh' works for me. Now saying that, these are a dogs way of expressing its self. She is telling you "I don't like what your doing." Too bad, somethings in life are not fair! I would also have her spayed. Her hormones are working against you!
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Again, could you put her in a crate/carrier (I use a ferret carrier) and put it in/ on your bed? That way she could be with you, and not be a threat to you!!
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I agree with the others. Every time she snaps/growls/bites, calmly but firmly say NO (don't shout) and put her on the floor. And ignore her / wait a little while before letting her back on. Eventually she'll learn that this behaviour won't be tolerated and that she doesn't get to be on the bed or couch with you if she acts this way.

Also, whenever possible, try to wake her up slowly when you're about to move her or get up. Sometimes dogs can be startled and snap without meaning to when woken up suddenly. It doesn't apply to all situations, but I try to wake my chis softly by petting and talking to them when they're asleep on or near me so that my sudden movements don't startle them.
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Thank you all so much for your replies. I don't know why, but I never received notice if them, so I thought no one had replied 🙁

Her behavior started right before the first time she went into heat. It improved, but didn't go away, after she finished being in heat.

I definitely need to get her spayed, and hope to be able to do that soon.

I did have a pen for her, when she was a baby, but she became so agitated when I put her in it, that I got her a child's Playpen instead, thinking it would be roomier, and maybe less scary for her. When I would place her in it, she would cry uncontrollably, and try to climb/jump out of it (at the time she was tiny, and still managed to get out sometimes). I tried to not let her win, but she would just keep crying, no matter how long I waited. Eventually I would have to let her out, because I would start to get worried about her (and I wasnt whimpy about it, I would wait, as long as an hour).

She is also very agressive with strangers, do I never let anyone pet her. When she goes to the vet, I tell them to put a muzzle on her.

It's hard to believe a four pound munchkin can be such a bully lol.

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Maybe she needs a crate or kennel something she can't escape at all. I'm not sure if it's normal for the dog to still cry over an hour. But I personally would try to wait the dog put. Eventually (I'm guessing) she has to understand that she's completely fine.
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I would suggest a class.
There are classes for adult dogs. Pat Miller is a great trainer with associates in many states.


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