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Is this normal? I'm new to the chihuahua thing. I've always had huge dogs - rotties and mastiffs. I've loved chis and read everything I could on their temperment and medical conditions that are common to the breed, but never read anything about this.

So, is Belle just a fruitcake or is this common?? My female rottie does it too and I know lots of people who's female rotts are the same. Maybe it's a female dog thing, not so much a breed specific thing?

Also, how can I get her to not be so bullyish? For a 3 pound dog she has nerves of steel! She bit my 145 pound rotties nose because he came in the room too close to their bed. Brat. My poor rottie sat outside the bedroom door and kept crying. Now he's terrified to come in the room. She beating up rottweilers for crying out loud. I scold her, but I can't very well paddle her bottom like the rotties get - I'm afraid I'd break her. What should I do? Kennel her alone as punishment? I've heard they are very social and don't like to be away from the family. I don't want to damage her little psyche though....
 

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Belle's the pregnant one, right?
I wonder if any of this is related to that.
Idk because I have no experience with pregnant chihuahuas (or any dog breed for that matter) but it was just something I thought about.
 

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She's the one yes, but she's been doing it since we brought her home a week or so ago.

Do you guys think she may have been in heat at the BYBs house?? Maybe they'd been mating when I got them. How long does heat last?? I just thought of that. I'll be...... dirned. Could that be the leg thing?? Maybe she'd already been breeding with him.
 

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My oldest female Chloe lifts her leg to pee. I always joked that her big brother taught her how :lol: She was spayed at 8 months so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. I've heard of other female dogs doing this too but haven't ever heard of a reason why. I know females in heat can get pretty aggressive and cranky so that could be part of the agression. Spaying her should definitely help with some of the agression issues but some chis are just more terriorial than others. Tyson doesn't like anyone near his "house" (crate) but Leila doesn't mind at all.
 

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i had a female lab that used to pee with her leg up-i think that just depends on whether or not they've seen other dogs do it, hahahha!
 

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i agree with whats been said...

it sounds like a dominance issue, she came from a byb situation correct? so shes probbaly used to fighting for her dinner and having to realy stand up for herself...
now shes in a new situation, old habits die hard.
being shes also pregnant and still in heat (7-14 days) shell also be the equivalent of pms'ing.

once shes spayed the doninance Should die down, for now you need to assert your dominance, if she goes for another of your dogs step in and tell her no, she'll soon learn your in charge...make sure theres always enough food to go around and it might be worth feeding them in seperate areas for now, just go slowly, shes had a hard life, itll take her a while to settle in.

the leg lifting is common in intact and dominant females, the one who pees highest is the one in charge! lol.
 

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That's really funny! Junie lifts both of her back legs to pee and walks on her front ones! It is hilarious to watch. I will have to try to get a picture.

I agree with Foxy though. She has had such a hard little life that she is probably used to having to fight for everything. It reminds me of some of my students. The ones with the hardest lives, tend to act out the most. Just be patient but firm with her. You will do great! You have the heart for it, I can tell!
 

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foxywench said:
i agree with whats been said...

it sounds like a dominance issue, she came from a byb situation correct? so shes probbaly used to fighting for her dinner and having to realy stand up for herself...
now shes in a new situation, old habits die hard.
being shes also pregnant and still in heat (7-14 days) shell also be the equivalent of pms'ing. Alrighty, then, I can sympathize with her there!!

once shes spayed the doninance Should die down, for now you need to assert your dominance, if she goes for another of your dogs step in and tell her no, she'll soon learn your in charge...make sure theres always enough food to go around and it might be worth feeding them in seperate areas for now, just go slowly, shes had a hard life, itll take her a while to settle in. I feed all of the dogs in different areas and they have their own bowls. Maybe I should move hers to a different room altogether?? I could put it in the bathroom maybe??

the leg lifting is common in intact and dominant females, the one who pees highest is the one in charge! lol Well, the little chickee loses, cuz I pee higher than all of them!!

Thanks for all the advice guys. The 3 pounder is no longer allowed to bully the 145 pounder then!! Oh my. Only in my house could a chihuahua be a bully to a rottie!! ;)
 

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i think all the advice given is great, as usual!!

I just had to tell you that i had a 65 lb Pit Bull that got beat up by my 2 disabled cats all the time. it was always funny to watch her see the cats coming in and her take off running to her crate for cover!
 
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