Hello there. I'm new to the forum and to Chi ownership and I'm hoping someone here can offer me some advice because I'm utterly desperate. I love chihuahuas, have wanted one for a long time and I finally got one last year. However my dream has turned incredibly sour as my now 13 month old chihuahua is a complete NIGHTMARE. No exaggeration, she's horrendous. She barks at everything and everyone she sees or hears in a mad demented sounding outburst, she is fearful and anxious of everyone and won't go up to anyone. She resource guards and growls & bites at me if I try and go near/stop her doing something, she rarely obeys commands and if I don't give her attention because I'm doing something else she pees on the floor.
I have been trying for months to stop the barking but nothing works. I've tried saying 'no', introducing her to people, staying at a distance, water squirts, distractions, clicker training, desensitisation, counter conditioning, rewarding quiet, nothing but nothing does any good. Same with the resource guarding, have tried teaching drop, leave & take, swapping for food etc. Doesn't work. She seems to be going backwards if anything as she's also started peeing on the floor if she's ignored. Last night she peed in my bed.
I am absolutely at my wits end, I never expected owning a Chihuahua would be like this and the thought of another 15 tears of it fills me with dread quite honestly. I won't have much of a life and neither will she. She is a very small chi, 3lb, my mother has long wondered if there's something wrong with her mentally and I'm seriously starting to think it too. I've not consciously babied her, she got socialised as a puppy, and I got her from a good show breeder whose dogs were lovely so I really can't understand why I've gone so wrong and have a mess of a dog who behaves as if it's from the worst puppy farm possible. All I wanted was a friendly little companion not something I've got to psychoanalyse at every turn. I love her so much but I can't live with her behaving like this forever.