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hi,

This might sound stupid but jj has been acting really off for the last 5 weeks.before she hit 6 months she was not bothered by other dogs and never barked or growled at strange dogs or people but now at 7 months and 1 week any cat,dog or person that walks passed her or our house she howls and growls and lunges on the lead if we are out.She's been going to a puppy socialising class every week to socilise since i got her at 3 months but now its getting so bad i'm scared because she nipped my friends great dane and now it wont be in the same room as her.the only dog she will even tolerate is my brothers girlfriends female chi.also she is normally ok with people stroking her in the street etc but over the last two weeks on two seperate occasions a blonde woman and her child tried to pet her out side the school and she snapped at them and crawled up me and another time a blonde woman tried to pet her as we were walking to the park and she snapped at her two.I'm hoping its just her first heat coming on but surely it should be over soon ,shes also only picking at her food on most days but some days she'll wolf it down.the vet said she is healthy but if she is in heat shouldnt i have seen some blood by now. sorry if i sound a bit stupid but i've never had a dog before and even though i've read up im still thinking i shouldnt have been able to miss her bleeding. or many be im just paranoid about having a vicious chi.she is still very loving to us and people she sees regularly family and friends , the local butcher etc but i just cant seem to walk her near the parks anymore.we walk for a hour two times a day and then plays with balls and squeaky toys in the back for 30 minitues at night to tire her out some more.any help would be appreciated.
 

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That sounds more like some type of aggression, than a heat cycle. You normally can't miss the signs of heat. Swollen Vulva, more antsy, tail flagging, bleeding, lots of licking at the Vulva, etc. I have 3 girls, and have never noticed any aggression at all during a heat cycle. Maybe someone else has experienced this and can help further.
 

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I agree - Maisie was a lot more loving when she was in season, never aggressive.

You need to stop this and now, before it turns into a huge problem. Someone else here should be able to give you more advice how to do this
 

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We've been working with an adult who has aggression issues for several months now. He was actually on death row at the animal shelter, deemed unadoptable due to his aggression levels. They knew that he had a problem with children, and we found out that he had a problem with all males when we brought him home. (My husband found out the hard way...)

With Pedro and children, we believe he is a fear biter, as he was abused by small children in the previous owner's home. As far as men go, he was just NEVER exposed to them...The 'man hatred' has been easier to work with. I'm not sure we can ever trust him around children.

What we've done (and we're by no means experts, just determined to save this little guy from being PTS) is we've just been very consistent with him. He doesn't like to be scolded at all, so taking a firm tone with him when he exhibits aggressive behaviour slows him down. When we first got him, he barked and growled at everyone (except me). We've conquered that as far as adults go, but he still comes unglued everytime he sees a small child.

Anyone that comes into our home is okay. Pedro prefers them sitting rather than moving around. A female can enter and he will be in her lap within seconds, but he's more cautious with men. He has a thing about my adult son, and still nips at him now and then, but it isn't serious and we haven't been able to figure out why. (He's a big guy, and has lots of tattoos???) We really stay on top of him anytime we have company, and all we have to do is raise our voices if he shows any signs of aggression.

Outside, he's on a leash. The second he starts after someone, we pull him back, scold him, and take him inside. We never 'let it go'. He's getting better all the time. Neighbors can pet him, as long as they aren't small children.

I know this isn't much, but I just wanted to let you know that it can be done, especially if we can make progress with a 3 year old! You're fortunate that she is still young.
 

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My chi is just coming out of season and she was much sweeter than before especially with my neutered male! She was so cuddly and sweet and was cuddling up next to my male which she never does now she is back to her old self just living independently won't let my male cuddle to her etc.

Your story sounds more like aggressive behaviour are you going to get her spayed?
 

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hi
thanks for the advice everyone.i am planning on getting her spayed but my vet has told me to wait till after her first heat before we do the op, which is why i've been trying to watch her almost constantly.also shes been licking her self alot since this started which is why i first thought it might be her in heat cus my vet said that some dogs become irratable, short tempered and territorial which is why i've waited till now to bring this up.Thanks kimr for the advice i'll try your way, because really all i've been doing is telling her no and holding her tight on the leash and harness till she calms or if shes barking at the window i've been saying no, moving her off and then walking out the room ignoring her as she keeps looking over.she then stops if im not there and comes looking for me, however 30 mins later shes at it again.i know its not going to end overnight and know i will be a long process but im hopeing to find some good techniques to help.im slightly worried about her be quite aggressive because when i got her i was introduced to both her mum and dad, two dogs from the previous litters and also her mums mum. her mum and dad and the other older puppys were really gentle and good natured but the gran mother was aggressive this was according to the breeder because she was a rescue and was abused and has neer really go use to strangers.
 

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I am wondering why the vet is asking to wait for her 1st heat to spay?
 

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i dont know why the vet is asking to wait till affter the first heat when i went for jj 6 month check i asked about getting her spayed and the vet finished checking her out and said she was completely healthy and her teeth and knees were good and that she was 4lb but that she wanted her to experience her first heat first.i went back two weeks later and the locum vet said the same thing.i thought it was normal to wait till after first heat till i started on here.
 

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No it's not normal so to speak some vets prefer it and are old fashioned mine is te same but I told him the pros outweighed the cons and I wanted it done and he said no prob and did it
 

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You can try to incorporate "NILIF" (Nothing in life is free) it is a great program, you can google it to find out more.

Good Luck :)
 

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It sounds to me like your little girl is going through a fear period. This occurs several times during the development of dogs.
My little 7 mo. rescue just passed through one of these . Things your puppy was previously ok with now become hugely scary or threatening.
You an google fear period in canine, and read all about it... Please do.
I NEVER make a huge deal over this. I simply breath and remove my puppy further away from the situation which is making it fearful, remaining as calm as possible. If I raise my voice or jerk her around, I am only adding to the arousal level. Why not keep her away from the window for awhile. Introduce her to children and strangers in a positive way by offering a small piece of liver or high value reward ? Have visitors ignore you pup totally and if the pup comes into their space, have the visitor offer a small reward Pretty soon the pup sees the man, stranger etc as something good, not something to be feared. NEVER ever correct a dog from growling. It is the only way a dog can tell you he is uncomfortable with a situation, and you can move him away and then figure out what to do. I have dealt with clients who suppressed growling in a dog, only to be surprised when the "dog bit with no warning ". dogs can be intimidated into 'shutting ' down behavior, but it does not teach them or give them tools to work with when they are uncomfortable!
 
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