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hi, my male chihuahua, Rocky, is going to be a year old in may and i am having terrible problems with him. He is a major biter and he hates little kids!!!
Whenever people come over he gets so bad to the point where we have to lock him up in the bedroom. He jumps at people and isnt afraid to bite. Recently he jumped onto my 5 year old cousins arm and was hanging off her sleeve and he bit her!! I love rocky to death and he is very loyal and respectful to my family but he hates new people. Is this so bad to the point where i have to give him away?? :( Please help me. I dont know what to do.
 

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agressive

welcome :wave:

i think as long as he's respectful to your family, i wouldn't give him away!!
maybe you can go to traininglessons with him?

kisses nat
 

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I think I might try a muzzle when you have company. I have a Jack Russell also, who is 9 yrs old now and more mellow than she used to be. But until she was about 4 or 5 yrs old, she was quite dog-aggressive. I got one of those soft muzzles for her and it would totally change her "TUDE" when she had it on. I'd put it on any time I thought we might be encountering other dogs, including walks for a little while. She would sort of sulk, but it didn't hurt her and it kept fights from happening. She is much better now. In fact, it's quite funny- she doesn't really know what to make of Reba... Reba wants to play with everyone and chases my JRT around. Good Luck.
 

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I heard it changes them too and I bought my own for when I go to the vet so I dont have to use one other dogs have used. :D
definately would recommend training!
 

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My Mr. Peepers hates kids besides my daughter and kids in the direct family that he has known his whole life. My friend brought her kids over the other day (he barely knows them) and he got out of my bedroom and basically attacked her youngest son. If he didn't have a coat and pants on he would have been really hurt. :(

In no way am I going to rehome him because he doesn't like kids. I just keep him away from them. Outside of my house he doesn't even notice kids are there, he's just extremely territorial.

I would suggest training and just lock him in a room or something when you have company. :wave:
 

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it sound like your chi is being protective of his pack (your family).

they see's other people around the pack as a threat and feels then needs to let them know they there to protect you.

maybe some socialisation training is in need.

when visitors come into your house, they are invading your chi's territory and this upsets them. meetng people/dogs in a neutral environment sometimes helps to start off with (i know this is not ideal!!!)

maybe keeping them on a lead when people enter your house. if they calms down then let them off, if they becomes out of control then shut them away.

being a smaller dog some chis need to get his point across more severly, letting the visitors know they is in charge.
as dogs are highly social animals they have a complex heirarchical system, any disruption in this is highly stressful for some dogs

heres how your chi see's it (or should do!!)
You and/or your partner are the alpha dog
your children are next down
and your chi is at the bottom
visitors are lower in this heirarchy so he is asserting his dominance

now he needs to learn that he is below the visitors!! (sound mean but this is how dogs think)

your chi needs to learn that they cannot get away with this, ignoring the behaviour works but you cant if your's is aggressive. ignoring them in another room will help, just dont fuss him when the chi comes back out when the visitors have gone, this will make them think he is doing the right thing.

if your chi is quiet when people are around reward them, if they is naughty put them away and ignore him, they will soon learn that naughty behaviour is not acceptable and hopefully (fingers crossed!) will become less agressive

consult your vet, before considering rehoming your chi, they will have a lot more advise on this.
they may also recommend socialising classes for your chi to help them cope with this little bit of stress they have!!!!

I hope this advice helps!!!
let us know how he progresses, i have my fingers crossed.


ps
Just think he is a great guard dog!!!!

jemma, vixen and beni
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Your dog will only view you as the alpha dog if you have instilled that in them by showing your the boss. A biting dog is a serious problem and shows a lack of proper socialisation. It may be true that your pet wants to protect the family but it needs to be taught when this behaviour is acceptable and when it will not be tolerated. It would appear that this has been an escalating issue within your home and now a child has been biten. You need to get in touch with a dog trainor in your area who specializes in aggression and who can teach you how to modify this behavior.

Hiding the dog away in the bedroom only serves to agitate and upset him more as he can't see what it going on but he knows their are strangers in the home. If accidently let out of the bedroom, he could seriously hurt someone after getting worked up. Pretending the bad behaviour isn't there isn't going to help you in the long run, you need a professional to show you how to turn your pet into a well behaved member of the family.

With small breed dogs it is so so so important to get them out around different people and places when they are young so they won't fear what they don't know. This can be taught if they are older but it will just take a little more time and patience on your part.
 

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What ever you do dont get rid of your baby!! I have a 5 year old chi Tader & he is a real pest when any one comes over he doesnt much care for my 2 year old son {who picks at him} but I;m pretty sure he wouldnt bite him. Any time some one new say a repair man comes over Tader has to be put in his doggie crate or he will bite. On occasion he'll even bite me but I draw the line if he ever bites my son. I say if no children live with him then keep him & put him away when certain people come over.
 
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