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Question by Roz
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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I just bought two chi brothers.  They are 8 weeks old.  I notice the smallest one (Ziggy) is very aggressive during playtime.  I've only had them for a couple of days but am already concerned about this.  Do you have any training suggestions?

Answer by Rmanduh
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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wow i dont know how you handle having two of them at once! i have one little 3 month old girl and she is quite the handful. im not sure exactly what you mean when you say he is aggressive, but mine will jump up at my face and kind of nip at me. i know she's not doing it to be mean, she's just super playful. i was told that you can use a squirt bottle and when they do something like that spray them in the face once. it doesnt hurt them, but it stops them from doing whatever they are in the act of doing. if you try to be sneaky about it, they wont know you are the one getting them wet. he should quickly associate the water in the face with the aggressive behavior and stop. good luck!


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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Is he aggressive as in attacking his brother, nipping, etc.?  That's how puppies play, and how they determine their place in the hierarchy of the pack.  If he's too rough, his brother will let him know, perhaps refuse to play further.  As long as there's no blood or loud yelping, leave them alone to work it out.

If he's aggressive towards you, that's something else entirely.  Neither of them should be allowed to bite or snap at you or any other human.  When my girls were both young (8 week old pups acquired a year apart), they would lunge and the younger one especially would nip/bite.  When they did, I would roll them over on their backs and tell them "Bad girl, No bite".  Another way to discipline them is to grasp them firmly behind the ears, which simulates what the mother dog would do with her mouth.  They understand that means 'knock it off'.  If they changed to licking, I would say "Lick is good girl, yes, lick is good girl".  If they kept biting, then I removed myself from play, ignored them, they quickly learned that behaving meant a happy human.

Similarly, they can be taught not to lick, not to jump up, not to do whatever it is that you don't want.  Just make sure to be consistent, catch them in the act and give them an alternative that is acceptable.  "Bad puppy no chew socks", well first make sure you don't ever use socks as toys and keep them away from where the puppy can get them, then take it away and give them a chew toy "Sock is No for puppy, Good girl, chew toy is Yes for puppy".


Answer by ChiLove
Submitted on 3/24/2005
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Hi I have a Chi girl...she was born on june 14 2004..She is really agressive but u just have to deal wtih it like..She is a really playful dog and its normal for chis to be like that..i just tell her not to do that and give her a little hit on the nose.


Answer by bandit
Submitted on 10/4/2005
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HI i have a chihuahua I recently got. He has one very pionty ear and one half way folded down. Is that a disqualification?


Answer by rsmomy
Submitted on 8/4/2006
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we have 2 duchsand puppies who bite when they play our youngest is agressive too. The oldest is more laid back. Its normal.


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