My mom, who lives with me adopted a 2 year old Chihuahua/Siht Tsu mix on Friday 07/20/07. The dog loves my mom but barks and tries to bite me. I tried to place in a submissive position to show him I am the pack leader but he bit me several times, and drew blood. What should I do? Leave him alone and see if he warms up in a week or two??or what???...Thanks
No you still need to show him who's boss. i would try and walk him and have him right at your side. if he tries and walk away from you give him a little jerk to let him know who is boss. then try it in the house. see how that goes for about a week. good luck.
I have seen trainers do this with Wiley and it worked wonders.
Do not approach the dog. Just pretend it is not there. You may be talking to your Mom but do not make eye contact with the dog. Kneel and hold out your hand so the dog can come to you with out looking at this dog or talking to this dog. Pretend it is NOT there.
This may take some time but do not go for the dog, ignore him like it is invisible. Do not try to pet him or make any move to him.
What I have seen with Wiley that after he seen that you do not want to hurt him, touch him or pet him, he completely opened up and now licking the hand that scared him.
I do realize each dog is different but it worked with Wiley and hope you can find something that works for you.
I think your mom needs to get her hands dirty here.
She shouldn't be letting the dog behave that way to you, the dog obviously views HER as the pack leader. Your mom needs to correct her when she acts like that. If anyone should be alpha rolling her, it should be your mom.
With little dogs like this, do not carry them around and baby them. Like Wiley said approach them in a way that makes them comfortable. You need to get down low, do not stare at them I wouldn't even smile or pick the dog up.
Keeping dogs on leashes by your side aiding with correcting works wonders. If all else fails, and it is an indoor dog, your mom might want to invest in a muzzle to avoid a serious potential danger to her guests.
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