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Old 05-16-09, 07:33 PM   #1
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How to fix a Chihuahua without killing him?

So, here's my story. My wife and kids ramrodded a 5 lb. furbag on me last May. Since he's been here he has become more and more territorial. The last time I let someone in the house (my brother) the dog bit him. Now my wife has invited my 17 year old niece to spend the summer with us. I need a way to keep her safe, and would like to find an option that does not include my kids crying their eyes out.

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Old 05-16-09, 07:52 PM   #2
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Read up on dog psychology; They are *pack* animals;
Every pack has a pecking order, and the other dogs follow the behavior of the pack leader.

A family dog considers the family to be the pack to which he belongs.
You *must* make it clear to the dog that *you* are the pack leader, and not him!
When a dog owner is passive toward the dog, the dog will decide *he* is the pack leader, and his behavior may become unpredictable and dangerous.

If you make it clear to the dog that *you* are the pack leader, he will follow your lead and will be safe and predictable.
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Old 05-16-09, 07:54 PM   #3
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You need the Dog Whisperer.

Or a good sized food processor.

Either one.
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Old 05-16-09, 07:58 PM   #4
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Shame on you,hope Sam puts a death grip on that scrawney chicken leg of yours.
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You need the Dog Whisperer.

Or a good sized food processor.

Either one.
Or he could help the dog muh...muh...muh...meet with an accident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVGMsMws9Y
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duct tape...he won't be able to bite if he can't open his mouth.
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The next time he acts aggressively toward anyone grab the scrawny little runt by the neck and put him on the floor, on his back, and do not let him move... your fingers should be at his neck.

When you release him he should not move either and if he does... pin him again.

My Min Pin (who I love dearly) has growled at me once... and only once as I made it clear that I was the Alpha in this house.

She growled at my daughter once and my daughter did exactly the same thing to her.

This was all fiood related behaviour and she was badly mistreated and teased... now we can take food form her bowl while she is eating, pet her, and she knows that we aren't going to take her food away.

She also knows there is a zero tolerance on aggressive behaviour and is really a very sweet dog who likes pretty much everyone.
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I have a chihuahua also. My dog doesn't even bark, let alone bite. She is the most joyful animal I have ever seen... playing all of the time and licking me to death. Just goes to show you... there is a lot of variety within breeds. My previous chihuahua was taken from a shelter where she was to be put down. They said it was a vicious animal who couldn't be tamed and must be put down. Just goes to show you... there is a lot of variety within human assessments of dogs. I had the dog licking me in the face in seconds.

My experience is... take control of the dog. Be 100% consistent, set a routine and keep it. Don't make the mistake most people with small dogs make -they think that because it is a small dog that they can keep it indoors all day and let it out in the yard a couple of times per day. WALK THE DOG. A leash is the best way to establish control. (don't use a collar that you will pull on their neck--- as they age they will have serious problems from that pulling... seriously) Walk the dog twice a day and establish dominance. Make the dog sit at all crossings... get the dog to stay until released... basics.

If the dog has the run of the house with no outside discipline... it owns the house and will do as it pleases. Ultimately you will grow to hate the dog and everyone looses. The hardest part will be disciplining yourself to be consistent. Master that and you will master the dog.

Never hit the dog! Punish the dog by making him sit and stay for an extended period (15-30 seconds) while you say "bad dog" in a low voice over and over. If you hit the dog, you are reinforcing bad behavior. Ultimately the dog will be knocking over convenience stores and stealing cars.

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I had the dog licking me in the face in seconds.
I've had the same experience; I've learned you really need to wash your face after having ribs for lunch.
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That ain't no real dog. That's a rat on a string. Drop kick 'im.










Or you can do what the person above me says...
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The next time he acts aggressively toward anyone grab the scrawny little runt by the neck and put him on the floor, on his back, and do not let him move... your fingers should be at his neck.

When you release him he should not move either and if he does... pin him again.


I have to agree with this. Though I haven't had to do this with my dog, I do the exact same thing with my Blue and Gold Macaw (it's a bird, dummy) when she screams or bites. She rarely screams or bites now. It's not about harming the animal, it's about putting them in a submissive and vulnerable position. They are initially very frightened at this, but they quickly learn that you are not hurting them and begin to associate the unpleasant experience with your being the dominant partner.
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stuff him in a hamster ball you might need a large sized one
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We had ours put down. It was my wife's dog - a puppy mill refugee. When it came time to do it, she got all nervous and upset so I took it to the vet. I stood there while they put it down then they handed the body to me. I paid the bill then took it home and buried it. We had that dog for a year or two and it bothered me much more than when my dog of 18 years passed away.
I think it was because the dog was still young and healthy and acted very affectionately towards us, but he was a biter of strangers.
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I am a pretty firm believer in that there are no bad dogs... just bad owners.

There is a lot of variety between breeds and Miniature Pinschers are one of the harder breeds to own as they are very smart, assume Alpha roles very easily, and are exceedingly fast and agile.

My dog does not pass through a door before I do, is not allowed on the bed unless I allow it, does not eat until I say it's okay, and I expect her to be 100% obedient at all times.

I make her wait.

I love her to death but will not let her run the house (because she would if she could)...she can be taken outside off a leash because she knows her boundaries and will stop when I say stop and does not exhibit aggression toward other animals that may be passing by.

Because she sees me as the Alpha and the giver of all good things (food) I have started having my daughters feed her and they follow the same procedure... she sits and waits as the food is put in her bowl and eats when they say it is okay.

She also likes to adopt little stuffed animals and will guard them as a mother would guard her own babies..it is very adorable unless the toy belongs to my daughters and she will now releases the toy when my daughters tell her to as she sees her position in the pack as below theirs.

My Shih Tzu was bought as a puppy and was never mistreated and does not have any real issues except she's dumber than a stick... I think she sees the girls as her pack mates as she plays with them far more than she will play with me and will now hold her own against her dog sister.

The Shih Tzu will chase anyone because she wants to be everyone's friend and goes after other dogs because again... she just wants to play. She does listen fairly well and is getting more obedient... Shih Tzus take a long time to mature and if you can make it through the first few years without killing them, they're great little companions.

I have watched that Dog Whisperer show a few times while visiting my sister and his approach is dead on and the things he does with "impossible" dogs is amazing.

It is all about establishing a level of trust, letting the dog know who is in charge, and teaching them what and what is acceptable behaviour when they are in a human pack.
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I am a pretty firm believer in that there are no bad dogs... just bad owners.

My dog does not pass through a door before I do, is not allowed on the bed unless I allow it, does not eat until I say it's okay, and I expect her to be 100% obedient at all times.

Because she sees me as the Alpha and the giver of all good things (food) I have started having my daughters feed her and they follow the same procedure... she sits and waits as the food is put in her bowl and eats when they say it is okay.

I have watched that Dog Whisperer show a few times while visiting my sister and his approach is dead on and the things he does with "impossible" dogs is amazing.

It is all about establishing a level of trust, letting the dog know who is in charge, and teaching them what and what is acceptable behaviour when they are in a human pack.

Agreed, I heard this from a trainer years ago.

Read a book called Jelly Bean versus Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde that fit right in with this...amazing what can be done when the dog's behavior is accurately interpreted.
It's never too late to train. I took mine to an obedience class even though he was nearly a perfect dog when I got him from the animal shelter. It was as much about training myself as him.
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teach him who's the alpha.
this is a start:

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Or you could take him down an hump him.
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Or you could take him down an hump him.
That's a line I would have expected from MV.
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That's a line I would have expected from MV.
uh uh...he said hump him....not hump her. MV would not say that.
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Having the dog "fixed" is a good idea and should make him less agressive.

Also the grab the dog by the throat and holding it down process sounds cruel and mean, but it is exactly how the pack leader will disipline another dog. In dog speak, the dog is being told two things: (1) I'm the boss..you are not, (2) your vunerable belly is exposed, I could have ripped out your organs and killed you, but I didn't so you owe me big time. You may need to repeat the process, and the others in your family may need to use this method....but it works
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There's your problem. Like Siu said, that's not a dog, it's a rat.
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