I have a 7-week old female chihuahua named Pixie and I love her to death, but she seems to have some problems. The first dog I ever got was a west highland white terrier and he was very well-mannered from the begining, and very easy to train. Pixie is nothing like this. I try the old trick of laying her on her back to make her submit but she absolutely refuses to be in the position. I've tried to start teaching her to sit, but she won't sit still for a moment and her attention span lasts less than one second, she won't even look me in the eye. On top of all of this, she doesn't play nice with my other dogs (agressively biting, groweling, and snarling) and she often snarles and bites my mother and I! I have no clue what to do, but I can't take her to a professional trainer... any ideas?
First of all, there is a difference between aggression and dominance. They are not the same thing.
Second, pups learn bite inhibition from their mom and littermates. Your pup should be learning this now, instead of being separated at this age from his litter.
And third-what you are experiencing is typical puppy behavior. They have no hands-they use their mouths to explore. What you have is a normal, mouthy, untrained puppy. If he bites you, say "ouch!" Take your hands and attention away from the puppy. Give the cold shoulder. Teach him a guided down, give him a good chew toy. If he's still mouthy, crate him. He needs a break and a chance to calm down.
Remember, he is VERY young to be separated from his littermates. He is just a baby with a very short attention span at this age. Don't expect him to learn things overnight. Don't show anger (like doing an alpha roll) He needs love and patience, not force.
This is an extrememly young puppy and was taken from its mom way too early. Toy breeds should not leave their mom and littermates until 12 weeks old. They learn a lot of things during those weeks, including manners. Your puppy is missing out on a lot of that because it was taken too early. You can't expect a 7 week old puppy to have a very long attention span...its the equivalent of a 6 month old baby!
First off, the age of 5 weeks to 7 or 8 weeks is a very important stage of a pups life where they learn some manners and that bitting others isn't good. If he bites you say ow, make a whinning, whimper, or yelping nose. He should soon learn he's hurting you. Also, ignore him until he cools it.
If this doesn't work and he keeps this up once he's 1, try becoming the alpha. When he does that, bare your teeth and him and growl. I know it sounds silly but when our 6 year old Aussie/ Collie mix Max does something bad and we say his name in a mad/ growly tone, he knows he did something wrong and usually stops. Though sometimes he'll bare his teeth and growl back. If that's the case, keep growling but do it louder and stare it in the eye. Do not back down, the dog sees it as you backing off and it won. Yes, the dog will growl and snarl back but it shouldn't attack when doing so. If you have to, flip it onto it's back or stand up, make yourself bigger/ tougher than it and set boundries.
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Did this pup come from a responsible breeder? If so first thing you need to do is contact the breeder and express your concerns and also see if any of the other puppies are having issues.
Although yes, I agree there are critical learning stages and teething and bite inhibition training are very important things as well as puppies not being placed to early, there may also be other factors. I hope this is just a puppy being bratty that needs some training
However, I am finding more and more that with the amount of BYBs and irresponsible breeding out there many dogs being bred and sold have major genetic issues. And, contrary to what some think it is possible to get a pup who does not have a stable temperament and aggression issues at a young age.
Because of this, I suggest you first look through the forum and read up on bite inhibition and other threads already showing what to do and talking about this issue and if it seems like your case is different talk to both your vet and a trainer to see how they feel about the pup's behavior.
It is realy not possible to tell you without seeing what the dog is actually doing
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