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Hey

Just wondered if anyone else has had this probelm. Zola has started to growl. If he is playing or biting my clothes and I try and move him of me he'll growl at me. It's not nice and I don't want him to be a bad behaved chi when he's older. I need to stop this now. I point and tell him now but he doesnt listen and carries on trying to bite. I have given him other things to bite and tried holding him on his back. Nothing works. I knew he was the bully in the litter but he's getting a real bad boy.
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you have to keep him on his back until he gives in and stops squirming. and it's all about being consistent. do it every time over and over again, the problem won't correct itself in a day and maybe not in a week, he's a puppy and needs to be reminded and eventually he'll get the hint. also start working on training him, sit stay ect. that helps bond and also develop the alpha role that you must have over him.
 

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When I hold him on his back he thinks I wanna play, even tho I tell him no! He bites even more when he's on his back. It's sooo much harder than it looks. Some of my friends will say you cant let him bite or he wont be a nice dog. They should try. It annoys me because I am trying my best and I WILL keep trying everyday until he does listen

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chiwi did the same thing, now after only 2 months of having her she'll go completely limp when i put her on her back. she was like zola, still trying to bite wiggling around like a mad woman ect, but a firm no and flip to the back every single time did it for us. my mom points her finger to chiwi and says no and chiwi will run up and grap her finger, i think she sees it as hey here ya go here's my finger. so i wouldn't point anymore. also when he is on his back, you could try holding his muzzle closed (gently).
 

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I told Marcus no rather loudly and firmly and put him down when ever he did that. It helped a little bit but it certainly didn't correct the problem so I finally told him no very harshly and swatted his rear with an empty envelope. That did it and for a week or so he was good as gold, then he tried it one more time and I swatted him with the empty envelope again. That ended it permanently.

I did lay him on his back a lot at first which he fought and resisted but it also reinforced that Mom is alpha dog. Now I can lay him on his back at anytime and he just lays there.
 

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:wave: Hello I'm having the same problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was told it was cause i took Porsha from her mom to soon ( her momma quite feeding her litter at 4 weeks for some reason. I braught her home at 5 1/2 weeks) she bites alot !!!!! and she wants to lay behind my neck when i move her she growls but she doesnt nip when growling I am also laying her on her back ( as advised ) it works sometimes i think she is just playing when she does this i tell her no in a stern voice and give her a chewwy I am worried she will be aggresive!! I wish you luck cause I know what your going thrue :(
 

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Marcus was a bit aggresive, alpha in his pack (litter) and determined to be alpha in his new house. That's why he got spatted with an empty envelope. It didn't hurt him at all but it surprised him and getting told no in a firm voice at the same time reinforced that he wasn't going to rule the house.
 

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If you are having this problem when you trun him over on his back still, what you need to try is when you flip him to his back take your index finger and middle finger and place them around his neck as if to pin him down not choke him its hard to explain let me show you a picture:




As you can see Rasta hates it :lol: :lol: LOL


This way you are showing them you are not playing. They will have plenty of room to wiggle, but they get the hint you are the alpha :D
 

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I had a friend over today and Zola was trying to bite him so he held him on his back and he just lay there looking scared then would stop biting him. He doesn't do that for me or my boyfriend tho. Ive tried doing it just like the pic and it kinda works sometimes. Im gonna keep trying and trying until he knows whos boss

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A trainer told me that your hands are your mouth and your fingers are your teeth.. when it comes to stopping bad behavior. I started doing the two finger thing and it works well.. It also works well when they are just being bad.. to hold them with your 2 fingers on either side of their neck... I did this with Gadget when heused to fight me putting his harness and collar on and after about 5 or 6 times of doing that he stopped fighting and now I can put them on and take them off anytime any where....

You have to hold your fingers there until they relax.... it might take a few minutes...

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Frasier was a biter. I did the on the back thing. I yelled like I was dying everytime he bit me. Those two things almost stopped it.

I haven't mentioned what I did that finally worked because I was afraid someone might misunderstand and do it and kill a tiny little 2 pound baby chi. But, with KJ's picture I think I can say it now. I do my 2 fingers the same way, but sometimes I did it from behind his neck/shoulders. Then I would GENTLY shake and growl my meanest growl. This stopped him almost immediately. I read about this in a book.

Please please please if you're gonna do this make sure you get the word GENTLY and when I say shake I mean I just wiggled my fingers back and forth 2 or 3 times. You can't do something like that to a little one with a soft spot, no shaking - no mater how gentle. My boy is almost 8 pounds and the soft spot is gone.

Now, I don't even have to touch him if he's being bad in any way at all I just growl my alpha growl. My husband laughs his butt off, but it works on Frasier. He stops doing whatever he was doing and comes to lick my hand or face to say sorry. :)
 

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Frasier's Mommy said:
Frasier was a biter. I did the on the back thing. I yelled like I was dying everytime he bit me. Those two things almost stopped it.

I haven't mentioned what I did that finally worked because I was afraid someone might misunderstand and do it and kill a tiny little 2 pound baby chi. But, with KJ's picture I think I can say it now. I do my 2 fingers the same way, but sometimes I did it from behind his neck/shoulders. Then I would GENTLY shake and growl my meanest growl. This stopped him almost immediately. I read about this in a book.

Please please please if you're gonna do this make sure you get the word GENTLY and when I say shake I mean I just wiggled my fingers back and forth 2 or 3 times. You can't do something like that to a little one with a soft spot, no shaking - no mater how gentle. My boy is almost 8 pounds and the soft spot is gone.

Now, I don't even have to touch him if he's being bad in any way at all I just growl my alpha growl. My husband laughs his butt off, but it works on Frasier. He stops doing whatever he was doing and comes to lick my hand or face to say sorry. :)
how dare you... hehehe just kidding! i did that with my pit too :) the growling at him, but my hands are real small so i just put my head on the back of his neck and he would submit.


anyone ever hear of a gentle leader??? it's like a horse harness that is worn across the dogs nose and top of the neck. well it works so well (i've seen 6 dogs who were unwalkable ona leash get trained to walk on a lead using this thing) and the reason it works is when dogs are puppies (and wolves do this in the wild as well) when they do something worng the mother grabs the back of their neck or she presses down on their muzzle towards their chest, and the gentle leader mimicks this. they recomend when you are training in the house to use the gentle leader on them it's safe to use with supervision and i'm not sure about behavioral problems (i ahven't seen it used fro that just lead training) but it's worth a try if you are having a lot of problems with your puppy to look into it.
 
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