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Old 02-19-2018, 06:00 PM
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Hi everyone I am new here. I am looking for help and advise with introducing my 5 year old Chi (Heilo) to my boyfriends 1.5 year old lab (Remi). They have met already, and everything went well until Heilo gets in my lab or in my arms and Remi gets close to me then Heilo growls, and snaps at her. Heilo gets along great with my moms chi, and my aunts great dane. But, I'm at a complete loose of what to do here. Any advise would be so much help!! Thank you in advance!
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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.
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Heilo is acting much like any dog would. I AM IN 'MOM'S LAP, LEAVE ME ALONE. The thing is, how does Remi react to the warning? Does he back away? Remember, dogs don't talk English!! Growling and snapping are their language! I usually tap the head of the 'agressing' dog and say NO. If Remi turns away, that is great.
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Iím SORRY for coming in on your post but Iím new and was wondering if someone could tell me how to start my own post, I canít figure it out!!!! Thanks
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Gatorgirl: Go to the forum and just go ahead and write an introduction. It will appear under 'new posts' and will be 'monitored' for 4 additional posts. Then you will be able to post regular posts. It has been so long, I don't remember if there is a 'newbie' post or not.
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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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Heilo is acting much like any dog would. I AM IN 'MOM'S LAP, LEAVE ME ALONE. The thing is, how does Remi react to the warning? Does he back away? Remember, dogs don't talk English!! Growling and snapping are their language! I usually tap the head of the 'agressing' dog and say NO. If Remi turns away, that is great.


No, Heilo is being unnecessarily aggressive. My dogs allow other dogs to greet me because they know that being aggressive is not allowed.

A dog that snaps at an approaching dog, if the approaching dog isnít being rude, is being aggressive and it should not be tolerated.

Growling and snapping have a place in dog language. But it should not be the default response.

When going for the Canine Good Citizen test, dogs have to allow approach by a friendly stranger who had a dog. They are supposed to accept the other dogís presence and they are supposed to accept a brief greeting from another dog. Growling and snapping are disqualifiers for the test.

Note test #8.

http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/traini...ining-testing/


Example: If a rude puppy is getting on another dogís face, a growl is accepted. If a rude dog comes close to a dog with a high value treat, a growl is accepted. If a rude dog humps a polite dog, the polite dog is allowed to snap. Those are all acceptable.

Growling or snapping at a dog who politely comes to greet a human is not correct. If a Malinois or Rottweiler did it, the snapping dog would be labeled dog aggressive because it is incorrect behavior. Same thing applies to a Chihuahua.



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Old 03-02-2018, 08:48 PM
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I didn't say it was acceptable. I said that you could tap the aggressor's head and say NO. If you chose to remove him from your lap, that's fine. In the dog world another dog who comes too near a dog that has a 'possesion' (in this case-you) he often tells the oncoming dog 'I want this possession--stay back'. Whether or not you want to tolerate this 'dog talk' is up to you.
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