Originally Posted by Ari1405
Maybe you should put down Heilo every time he (?) grows at Remi. Maybe just being a bit protective or telling Remi to get out of his space. Maybe you can crate (or Xpen) Heilo and have Remi be in the same room and allow Heilo to see that everything is okay with Remi.
Yes, this is wonderful and this is what I do with my dogs. If they growl or snap without reason, they get put away.
If Remo is coming to over, not being rough to Heilo or being rude, then Heilo has no reason to growl or snap. Heilo is acting as if she/he owns the humans and that is wrong. The human is not a bone or a toy and should not be guarded as such.
If Heilo has a crate, put her in it and interact with Remi. Then when Heilo is interacting correctly with Remi reward that. Put her away if she growls or snaps incorrectly.
The only time I allow a growl or a snap is if a dog is being rude. Example: my Chihuahua Taquito would hump my goldens. My female growled and Taquito kept doing it. That was rude. So Emma air snapped. That was correct. Another time Taquito was chewing on a marrow bone. Emma tried to sneak in to take it and Taquito growled. Emma backed away because Taquito was correct.
I would not allow an unwarranted snap or growl. Taquito is my first Chihuahua but certainly not my first dog. Heís more like #15!!!! So all rules have applied to all my dogs. Unwarranted growls and snaps are not acceptable. If theyíre not acceptable on a Rottweiler then itís not acceptable on a Chihuahua. Theyíre all dogs after all, regardless of size.
So.....remove Heilo if he growls, reward when she doesnít. No physical correction or yelling necessary. If the situation doesnít improve, a behaviorist would be good. I donít do physical corrections.
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