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|04-01-2015, 04:32 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Cordova, SC, USA
Thank you for the add some help needed
We rescued our buddy about a month ago. He was kept in harsh conditions in some ladies back yard. After a few vet visits and a visit to the groomer (we just had a chip planted in him). He is now doing quite well. We have determined he is approx 1.5 yrs old. He is so loving and sweet to the entire family, except our chihuahua who is the same age as him.
We could use some advice on how to handle his aggresive behavior towards PJ our chihuahua.
This is not my first yorkie, had one for about 10 years and had to re home her when i was deployed.
Anyway glad we found this forum. We are very serious about our babies and love them dearly.
|04-01-2015, 04:50 AM||#2|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: E.Stroudsburg, Pa.
I would like to welcome you to YT, glad you found us. We have some very knowledgeable members here on YT. Hopefully they will comealong and offer suggestions, advise, tips on how to handle this. And thank you for rescuing, and taking him to the vet, so sad anyone would keep one of these babies in a yard.
Joan, mom to Cody RIP Matese Schnae Kajon Kia forever in my A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog
|04-01-2015, 01:11 PM||#3|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama City Beach
Can you explain the aggressive behavior? It might help our good trainers to understand the problem better and possibly come along and offer some advice.
Welcome to Yorkie Talk
Pam, mommy to Tyson and Rin, grandma to Ernie (Surely I'm not old enough to be a grandma)
|04-01-2015, 06:49 PM||#4|
YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: El Paso, Texas
Get Ceasar Milans books. You can try holding him so the chi can sniff his bottom. This is a submissive act and may help.
|04-01-2015, 08:10 PM||#5|
♥ Love My Tibbe! ♥
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
Best to teach him he's not in charge of the chihuahua, you are, by stepping in and stopping his bad behavior by watching him like a hawk and anytime he focuses on on, alerts to or goes very still and glares at or begins to approach the chi with ears and tail up, you stop him right then. Immediately jump up, firmly saying, "Leave it!", pointing/clapping and then pointing and glaring at him as you quickly walk into his personal space and back him off, standing there glaring and pointing over him until he softens, gives up and walks away. The moment he leaves, you sit down, all is over. This teaches him that giving up on his attitude stops all tension of the situation and it's over. In time, he'll learn to go into submission faster to ease the situation and stress of the moment.
Pack leaders often stare their pack members into submission by just not moving and giving them the old steady, meaningful glare until the pack member stops the unwanted behavior. I add the outstretched arm and finger-point and the words "leave it" when a dog is about to act up with another dog or get into something he shouldn't. If he's about to misbehave, I walk into his space and stand him down until he gives up. I do this every time he acts like he's about or wants to offend and sooner rather than later, the dog learns I, not he, is in control and begins to police his own behavior that he thinks might bring me in.
I never yell or hurt, scare him - just take confident control and send him away from the area by displacing him. And I watch him as dogs trying to bully another dog often wait just a second and go right back at it until they have learned it's totally hopeless. So be prepared to need to go at this for at least 2 weeks and anytime the offense recurs.
So you will need to repeat this process more than a few times to instill the lesson that you are the pack leader in your little family pack into your little leader wannabe. Be firm, confident but gentle.
Starting your little tough guy on the Nothing In Life Is Free program, life enrichment activities with him such as foraging games and toys, obedience training for 3-5 mins. 2-3 x daily and reading Tamar Geller's The Loved Dog will also give you more tools for handling your dog than you will likely need but you'll be a much better dog handler afterwards - and your dog will love it all. They do get totally into NILIF and obedience training when you keep it short, frequent and fun.
Jeanie and Tibbe
One must do the best one can. You may get some marks for a very imperfect answer: you will certainly get none for leaving the question alone. C. S. Lewis