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Hello fellow chi lovers

I have a problem that I need help with

I have had my chihuahua for 2 years but in this time, she has bitten 5 children!!
She hates going for walks, wee's all the time in the house, and is not social at all! the BIG problem is, I'm 7 months pregnant and worried that she wont take to my baby :(

I really don't want to sell her but I also cannot afford to get dog training ( as its expensive saving for baby girl)

Im not sure how to get her used to children without her biting them

I dont know where to turn, any advice would be brill

Thank you all so much

Katie xxxx
 

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Get some books at the library. Chihuahuas for Dummies is an excellent one, despite the name! Pat Miller books, are good also. Any POSITIVE trainers are fine. Good luck with the new baby! Alot of work is ahead of you, if you are serious about training this tyrant! Sue
 

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I was just going to say the same Susan,this dog needs desperate help she can't go round biting children,there's lots of research you can do online for free
 

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My dog went through a stage of being really nippy to children. I spent a LOT of time socialising her with my daughters friends which helped a bit but the main thing I learnt that she is a lot better behaved if the children spend a little time getting to know her by 1) sitting on the floor (on her level) and letting her approach them 2) not making any jerky sudden movements to her 3) interacting gently at first until she trusts them. This has made an absolutely HUGE difference as we have children passing through all the time. Never had a problem with my daughter and the dog and blossom is so loyal to her and would never hurt her. As soon as she trusts the child / person in question Blossom recognises them, from their smell, from then on. It's worked wonders for me.

Hope that helps you a little.
 

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I am going to risk aggravating folks, but I am concerned about your baby. I am concerned your Chi could get jealous and act inappropriately. I have no clue how you go about introducing Chis (especially a Chi that has nipped kids) to a new baby, but it seems like they should both be watched carefully at all times.I adopted a cat from a woman who had a baby, and the cat was competing for attention to the point where the baby was endangered. So you are wise to be concerned and looking for help.
 

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I absolutely agree with Finn and his Mommy! Your new baby has to come first and perhaps you need to look into emergency care for your chi should she not take to the little one. It could go either way I guess...Good luck xx
 

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I was worried with all my assorted chis when my brother's gf had her baby as they live here and I babysit for them and none of my dogs had ever been aroung kids or babies. None of mine have a problem with the baby or my granddaughter who is a few months older, they all want to give them kisses and clean their hands and feet. lol Being that you will have the baby from birth, your chi should just accept it as part of the pack. Packs have babies all the time. The random noisy, not-family kids are different. Where are the kids that are being bit? In your house and bugging your dog? The dog in the backyard and kids teasing it through the fence? What are the circumstances of them getting bit?
 

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My chi came into the house with the kids in it but it's interesting how different she is with the baby. Other than the one time when he got too near her bully (I posted, no more bully's in the open for her!) she is very gentle with him. She sits on my lap while he is nursing and licks his fingers. She'll mouth his hands but it's very gentle, not like she is when she's doing it to others. It's obvious she knows he's a baby and not to mess with him. I'm not sure if nursing affects it so he smells like me or what but I do find it interesting. If you nurse, make sure you don't leave yourself open when the baby comes off. The chi is way too interested in the milk!

BUT I would still be careful bringing the baby in as the newcomer. I wouldn't say get rid of her at this point but I would definitely work on training and never leave them alone together. That's not a problem with mine. She follows me, not him!
 

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It is certainly something to be concerned about.

Pedro is half Chi (half Cairn terrier). He was surrendered to a shelter by an elderly woman who ran a day care in her home. She allowed the children to terrorize Pedro, so he had some severe aggression issues with children. I walked into the shelter 2 days before he was scheduled to be put down, fell in love with him, and when I inquired about adopting him, they told me he was 'unadoptable' due to fear aggression, and was going to be euthanized in 2days. I couldn't stand it. I begged the manager of the shelter to let me take him into the 'meet and greet' room. I was almost 50 at the time, no plans to have any children and no children living in my house. I convinced her to let me adopt him.

We have worked with him and worked with him, and he has come along way, but he would still bite a child if given the chance. They move too fast and they scare him, and he reacts the only way he knows how - he growls, he barks, and if I let him go, he would bite. Up until 5 months ago, my husband and I just made very sure that anytime we take him out, he goes on a leash and all the neighborhood children have been warned NOT to approach him. Easy enough...

But 5 months ago, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy...Pedro has been around him since birth. He is NEVER alone with him unsupervised. When I can't be right on top of the situation, he is crated. He's done okay with the baby...He licks him and kisses him, but he doesn't like it when the baby cries. It makes him nervous and he growls. I don't know what he would do if we didn't watch him as closely as we do, and I won't take the risk of finding out.
 

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hi good luck on your decision i hope he respects the rule of no biteing soon so your family will be safe yes that is a hard decision but maybe him and your new daughter will do well with him takeing a big love for her i hope so
 
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