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I got my little mario a week ago and he's been a little darling really.
My other chi got a bit snappy with him earlier over a toy but they normally get on fine. Then mario was on my partners knee asleep, my partner wanted to get up so went to move mario and he growled and bit him! Then did the same to me later on but didn't bite as I moved away, I locked him up and put him in the kitchen. What advice would u give? I've got an 8 month old and really don't want a snappy, biting dog :(
 

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Can anyone offer any advice? It happened again today, it's when he's asleep on my knee at night. He really growls and goes to bite. I said no and put him in the kitchen for a bit to try and get message thru that he can't do that!
I know he's a puppy but is it likely that he will become aggressive as an adult?
 

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Do you wake him up first, before trying to lift him off your lap? If you do and he still snaps and bites, then he can't be on your lap. Period. Take him to puppy class asap so you can learn too! Growling is telling you that he doesn't like what you are doing. Try getting him off your lap with a tiny treat, telling him "off". See what happens. Do this before you get him snarling and biting, so he won't figure out that you are rewarding him for snarling etc. Good luck
 

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I had the same problem with my chi. I know tell him off! And he gets down. I've never had to do that with any of my other dogs in the past. He is not allowed in my lap unless he's invited. If he gets in my lap without an invitation, down he goes. I wait a short time and allow him to come up. If he won't allow me to pick him up (as opposed to him coming on his own) he can't come up! Sometimes after I put him down and then invite up, he will just go in his crate!! Little stinker! He just wants things his way!

Also, look up "Nothing in life is free." It's very informative.
 

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Thank you for the advice. I'm going to dog training when he's had his 2nd injection so hope it will be beneficial for us both!
I will try waking him up properly, it's almost like he's saying "leave me I'm comfy here" but then he did it again when I tried to stop him chewing one of my daughters toys!
But he's soooo good during the day it tends to be night time lol!
 

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When is his bedtime? If this happens at night time, it may be that he is really tired. Like a toddler! Mine go into their pens at 9 pm. Bedtime. They get a treat, and the baby gets some food for the night. She might eat it, some times she eats just a little. I check, and pick up the uneaten part before I go to bed.. (she is almost 6 months so doesn't need the food all night)
 

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Never really looked at having a bedtime really...will deff do that! He did it this afternoon again. Was sat on my partners knee in the car and we'd got back home, mario was asleep so growled at us when we tried to get him out.
I'm really trying to get everything right :(
 

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Honey is exactly the same - if she's asleep, she will snap if i dare move her! There is a lot of training you can do to get them used to being moved/touched when asleep. However, i just tend to wake Honey up first by calling her name, then getting her to move off me by telling her to go somewhere, etc.
A few times, she has snapped when awake, when she doesnt want to do something! This was totally unacceptable for me, and i believe it boiled down to her thinking she was the boss! So i started the Nothing in life is free training and she has been 10x better.
I know if there is an occasion now where she is growling, its because she is way out of her comfort zone, and she is giving a warning.
 

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I would def make sure you wake him up before you try and move him. Also dont just wait til you want to get up to move him. The best way Ive found to stop growling or bad behaviour when up on laps/sofas is to just make a no noise (like AH!) and put him straight on the floor. Maybe try moving to 'accidently' wake him then putting him on the floor if he growls, then after a while if he behaves you can invite him back up again. Just keep doing this til he learns he cant stay until he behaves nicely.
 

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My girl might do that but only if she is awakened. She will not do that "mean snap" any other time. (she will bite when playing though).

If she is startled awake, she probably doesn't even realize she does it. If she is sleeping, that is. Nobody likes to be jarred awake when all comfy. Maybe she should not sleep on anyone anymore and have an area where she wont have to be moved.
 
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