Aggressive 4 Year Old Chihuahua

by Yvonne W.
(Winnipeg MB)

I have a 4 year old chihuahua.iIve has him since he was a puppy. He’s fixed, got his shots and healthy. He has an attitude though and if I’m not home enough he refuses to eat, this being something I deal with by hand feeding or just waiting him out. I love him to death and always tried my best to keep him under control, but when he starts barking he has a hard time stopping, even after I’ve shown him the situation is covered. He also bites, growls and nips at everyone except me. I have a 1 year baby who he tolerates but growls at frequently. However he does love my baby. When she cries so does he. And he’s rather starting to grow protective of her as well. He’s never bit her but definitely nipped as a type of warning though. Hes always hated my boyfriend. My boyfriend has been in my life as long as the dog and the dog had hated him since day one. If my boyfriend gets close to me the dog growls and actually tries to bite. Some days my boyfriend is allowed near me, but if he moves from next to me to leaning against me or anything my dog bites and growls. If I say “no” he tries to bark and growl with his mouth shut but still won’t stop. When I’m not home my dog loses is fine, but if the boyfriend is home my dog poops and pees everywhere and refuses to get anywhere close to him. Help.

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Mar 03, 2018
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

All the best,

Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at

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