Mixed temperament Staffordshire terrier chow chow mix

by Leslie

My 3 year old Mia is a mix breed of Staffordshire Terrier and Chow Chow. So she has the strength of a bully breed and an attitude of a chow chow. She is a great dog, loves the kids, loves HER animals meaning the other pets we have but is super protective. Recently she’s become a bit more aggressive with us and I’m not to happy about it. She snarls and shows her teeth when she’s ticked off... she snaps at her Lab sister, she has even snapped at me. She has not actually bit us but she acts like she’s going too. She’s began to snarl and snap at the neighbor kids she knows very well and even the adult neighbors she used to love. No matter what we have done we cannot get her to stop this behavior. She actually bit her Lab sister and broke skin... not bad enough to need medical attention but gave her quite and owie on her face. Mia used to only snap or bite people she did not like or she knew they were not good people (yeah we should trust her when she doesn’t like someone at first) but she’s starting to be this way with everyone. She is a rescue, but we got her at 7 weeks old and did not know what breed she was until the vet did a DNA test to tell us. I do not have experience with the chow chow breed and read all these horrible things about them. I love my Mia, she’s really a real dog but how can I get her to stop snarling, snapping, and biting? I can’t risk her actually hurting someone, and I cannot afford some fancy night priced training. Since you can’t disipline her like my Lab, because she will snap at you, what Can I do? I really need help with her because I’m afraid she’s going to hurt someone. She gets in these moods and you can just tell she hates everyone and everything! Then she’s in these moods that she’s so happy and just wants to love and play. But the moods can switch so fast and you can’t always tell it’s switched and one second she’s cuddling and the next she’s wanting to snap at you. When she does snap you can see she feels bad because she always comes and apologies by licking you or hugging you, but I’d like to prevent the aggressive behavior all together. Someone please 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 DogProblems.com.

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