Tink has never shown any aggression towards anyone or anything before. A couple days ago I was eating some chips and Tink was in my lap. One of my children came up to me talking and I guess Tink assumed she was going to try to get my chips and barked and growled at her. I was not giving any chips to Tink or to my daughter. Then last night, I was eating something and my daughter came up to get a bite, and Tink did the same think. Barked pretty ferocious sounding and growled. I said NO and she stopped. Now I am wondering if this was becuase of the food I had? Which she did not get any of..... I made her get down off my lap. How do I stop or correct this. I know now when I eat she should not be in my lap. She did this also when I was NOT eating and my daughter came up to me and Tink was asleep in my lap. She growled and barked also. I am guessing cause it scared her when someone came up. Any thoughts on why she is doing this? Is it the food? I dont want her to be aggressive towards anyone. Thanks
Sounds to me like Tink thinks she holds a higher social ranking than your kids. After all, you hold her in your lap and feed her, and let her sleep, probably every day (well with the lap sleeping anyway). You don't do that with yoru kids, so your dog is getting special priveledges that your kids aren't. Your dog knows this, now thinks it's the proper way of things, and is taking it upon herself to correct your kids when they do something that challenges their role in the social dog ladder. Does Tink also get to sleep in your bed, while the kids don't? Again, reinforcing her belief she's in charge.
Keep Tink off your lap. Encourage your kids to get on your lap and cuddle. Stop babying and pampering the dog. If she were my dog I woudln't even let her up on furniture at all, any furniture.
Put Tink in NILIF boot camp.
What kind of dog is Tink again, and how old is she? Is she spayed?
when i was younger my mom had her doberman that hated everyone but her but my mom would never give her up shed always try to bite me if i ever went near my mom and the dog was there shed grawl at me lol. i was tramatized not really but it could be that shes jaelouse or somthing.
It does sound like Tink is in control of the household and the family members. Tink is going to have start earning his privileges like meals, treats, play time, sitting on your lap, etc. Right now he gets to do pretty much what he wants for nothing.
Try putting him on an eating schedule and make him earn it by picking an area and making him "sit" and "stay." Feed Tink after your family has their meal and make him sit and stay while you eat. Put his dish down and make him sit and stay until you give the go ahead to start eating. This should apply at times when anyone wants to eat a snack. Don't let him near when eating or let him beg for food.
Pick a particular time each day so he can sit on your lap. Make it part of a schedule. Make him earn this privilege. If Tink has been crate trained, this would be easier to give the "crate" command where he automatically goes to his crate when told to.
I found that dogs respond better by being scheduled instead of doing what they please. They also love to be rewarded for good deeds.
Right now you have the beginning of having some serious aggression issues where one of you kids might end up being bit. And we all know how this story usually ends.
Wow!!! This sounds pretty serious. Tink is a chihuahua. She will be one year next month and yes she is spayed. Keeping her off the furniture is impossible because I have always let her do it. No matter where I sit, the floor, couch, chair, she is always in my lap or wanting to play. If I put her off the couch she jumps right back up. I have done it repeatedly just to see how many times she would jump back up and it is a LOT! But then she eventually gets the hint and goes to her dog bed. Now I know that this is my fault I let her do it, and now it will be very difficult to keep her off the furniture. I don't care about her being on the furniture or my lap, but I can understand how this has spoiled her. My kids sit in my lap too and when they do, she always tries to weasle her way inbetween me and the girls. She sits with all of us. There are times the kids are on the couch and she will jump right in their laps.
Okay I need to read up on this NILF. I feed Tink a cup and a half a day, in the morning of dog food after I feed the girls their breakfast. I usually give treats when I get home after she goes potty. She is not crate trained, she doesn't sleep with me but in her dog bed. Anything else I should do differently? I really shouldn't let her on the couch at all? Or in my lap? Or just let her know she doesn't get to do it whenever she wants? I feel like a dope. I have caused this behavior without realizing it. It isn't a huge issue now, and I am glad I asked about it before the problem gets any worse. She is such a sweet dog, that is why I was shocked when the first time she barked like that.
"I have done it repeatedly just to see how many times she would jump back up and it is a LOT! But then she eventually gets thie hint and goes do her dog bed."
There is your answer, it is possible to keep her down. You can't get soft and give in. Have you ever watched the nanny shows? How ridiculous people let their children behave, but they don't realize it until they see it for themselves?
Maybe try video taping your family. The trying to wedge between you and the children, is NOT just trying to be cute. She is trying to establish a position in your "pack". She needs a reminder she is a dog and not a little diva. Do not fear her or worry if she will hate you... she is a dog. Just like kids, she needs boundaries, rules and discipline. They actually like it because it gives them a chance to please you with a job well done.
Nip this in the bud now, before it spins out of control, a child gets bit and Tink suffers as a result of your anger/frustration.
I actually just google'd "food agression" for a foster cocker spaniel pup. She is cute until food comes out then she turns to Kujo! Most of the websites have stated that you must become pack leader by feeding the dog (maybe have kids prepare kibble), rubbing hands in food, and giving positive reinforcement/treats if the dog does not growl around food.
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I don't think it all has to do with food. I think Minniyar and Pope have it right about being pack leader. I guess she feels she is over my children. My grandmother had a daschund when I was little and if he was sitting in your lap or anyone else's lap he would bark at anyone who tried to come up to him. Being protective. Once you sat down he was fine. I thought maybe that was what Tink was starting to do, protect me, cause she did it once without any food involved. I am not sure exactly how to correct this. I watch Dog whisperer and see how others have done it, I have spoiled Tink I guess. Showing too much affection or always letting her have her way. Today when I got home I ignored her, (instead of my usually pick her up and cuddle) She couldn't stand it. But I did it. Now she has already eaten the rest of her food for the day. In the morning I give her 1 1/2 cup, she usually has some left when I get home, and she eats it after we get home. In the morning I am going to have my oldest feed her and try that out. But while Tink is eating you can pet her, my children also, and she shows no aggression. Pope I have seen the nanny,hahhaha. I guess if I were to step outside and look in I pamper her too much. But does that mean don't let her on the couch at all? Period? Or only when I say she can get on the couch or in my lap? Considering chihuahuas are lap dogs, it is kinda hard to say she can never get on the couch. She gets on the couch even if no one is on it. Most dogs I know do.
I think you did the right thing by putting her down with she did this. It sounds like denying her attention is the best way to punish her. Try making her do a few tricks before you give her permission to get on the sofa or your lap. Unfortunately she sounds like every chihuahua I know. I'm not saying they are all that way, I haven't met them all. I too am guilty of letting my toy dog get away with things I would never let my rottie do, but I'm changing my ways.
I never wanted a small or toy dog but my husband insisted and we bought a Chihuahua puppy a year ago. The agreement was that if he got his lap dog I got to train and socialize it and he would never disagree with my methods and would go along 100%. I have made him stick to the agreement and we do actually have a toy dog that is friendly and non-agressive towards our grandchildren and other pets. I have seen too many spoiled bad tempered lap dogs and refuse to share my house with one. Oreo, the Chihuahua is curled up on the floor by my feet as I write this. He repects me and loves me and earns lap time by doing as he is told.Now I am working on a Rat Terrier that my neighbors decided they didn't want after all. The Rat Terrier,Pepper came to us at 10 months old with a lot of bad habits and has been a real challenge, but is making progress and will become a pleasant dog to live with in the near future. Takes lots of patience and consistancy but is well worth the effort.
I have heard lap dogs, toy breeds, can be snappy. But my mother owns a pekinese and two chihuahuas and all are very loving. Most toy breeds I have met have been very loving. But I know all are not. Tink my dog is very loving, I don't want to give the impression she is a snappy type or a barker. I understand she could become one if I continue to let her do as she pleases. Anytime anyone comes over she is soo happy to great them and begs for attention. She has never snapped or bitten anyone. Just the growling starting with my children. I can clearly see now by watching her last night, and listening to what some of you have said on this board, that she definitely thinks she is above my children. We are going to work on the NILF to correct this behavior. She is a sweet dog and I want her to stay that way. Anytime someone comes over, she allows them to pet her, pick her up, and when I take her places with other dogs she gets along fine with them. So I think with some postive training and working on NILF and some obedience we can take care of this issue. She needs to know her place in the pack.
This little tyrant is thinking she's the alpha female over you. and everyone else. I've had a couple of those. Just make sure you nip it in the bud now, every single time she even attempts to growl or snap, and before. Of course you can have her on your lap, but she thinks it's HER lap, not yours, and not the kid's. I'm curious, you say you feed her a cup and a half a day. What brand do you feed her?
I feed her Science Diet, natures best. It is new. It is the chicken and rice dinner. It is the smaller bites. I had posted a thread about it before. I tried grading the food and I came up with a score of 99. It says on the bag to feed just a cup a day, but I feed her a cup and a half. Why? Is that not enough you think? Should I feed her twice a day. I have always been feeding her in the morning, when I get home there is about half the food left that she eats after we get home.
a cup and a half seems like a LOT of food for a chihuahua. Is that the actual measured amount of food you are feeding, using measuring cups? I feed our 55 lb mixed breed dog Bowen 2 cups of food a day.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Okay I am glad I am not under feeding her. Yes I use measuring cups. I can cut it back to 1/2 cup a day. It says on the bag 1/2 cup to 5/8 a cup per day. I just didn't know if that was enough, doesn't seem like it is just feeding 1/2cup. I will cut down how much I give her. She currently weighs 3.5 pounds. She looks so little, but the vet said her weight is fine.
Hey! I tried to skim through, so maybe someone already suggested this.
A great way for your kids to be perceived as pack leaders by your dog is to have your kids feed the dog. The dog must sit before your kids feed him/her. Try it, it really does work.
This is a VERY common problem with small or toy breeds. They are treated like they are human children and not dogs. This really messes with a dog's sense of self. You basically have to re-teach the dog that it is a dog. The dog instinctively knows that they are not supposed to be the leader, but if no one else is stepping up, they have to. In the wild, if there is no pack leader, there is no pack. It is absolutely imperative to survival that there is a strong pack leader, or the whole thing falls a part. The dog needs this from you. I know it's hard, but realize that your dog actually is extremely unhappy with the way things are. He/she knows that things are unbalanced the way they are. Everyone will be much happier when YOU are the pack leader.
Edit: I feed my Huskies 2 cups per day, but they are working dogs so they need that much. I split it up, and do 1 in the morning, one in the evening. You should probably split up her feeding since she is a little dog. They are more prone to hypoglycemia (low blood-sugar). It is healthier for little dogs to be fed 2-3 times per day.
I would think a cup and a 1/2 is too much also... my dogs are 24/25 lbs each and they eat 1 cup of kibble a day! That keeps my male's weight steady at 25 lbs, but my girlie has gained 3 lbs since we got her just about 6 weeks ago, so we are keeping an eye on her to make sure its just a growth spurt and not that we need to cut back on her food. She is a mixed breed but our vet estimates her adult weight to be at 28 lbs. When my boy's pleading looks made Nikki feel guilty for such regimented feedings and we decided to bump his feeding to 1 1/2 cups a day, within a few weeks he started looking like a fat little stuffed sausage so we ended up bringing it back to 1 cup. We started adding 1/2 cup canned pumpkin to his dinner to help him feel more full. I can't imagine a 3 1/2 lb chi eating as much as my little porkers and not ending up looking like a stuffed sausage too. I think chis and corgis are like that, you have to watch that they don't get too big. But they are so good at begging!