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My last topic was shut down a few weeks again. I don't know why as it was shut down so I missed the offending posts. Anyway to fill you in, my little crazy sociopath chihuahua is going even more bat bitch demonic by the day. This morning when I was at work liitle charlie mansion attacked and bit the neighbour, 8yr old boy, when he was visiting. His parents were cool about it but my wife was very embarrassed. 

 

My wife said she already took her to a vet behaviourist and was told little Hannibal Lector will never change.  My wife refuses to have her put down. Got into a huge argument about it today. This dog is so freaking evil dumping a bucket of water on her head during an attack won't deter her.

 

I just don't understand her. She gets in trouble for barking like a lunatic at the door but still does it. Her IQ must be about 5, or she is pure evil, like that guy in the white mask from Halloween.

 

Anyway anyone have any tips for explaining to the Chihuahua not to bite people? What would her dog parents do if she attacked their friends?

 

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Ask (not tell) you wife to contact Chihuahua Rescue in your state, I think your one is here https://www.chihuahuarescuevictoria.org/index.php

maybe have a chat to them.

It seems that there will be no peace for this little defensive frightened dog until she  has a place to live that is calm, you hate the dog, your wife is protective of the dog and the dog is suffering because of it.

The rescue may-well be able to help.

and...

the post above mine doesn't help, if you can't be constructive just don't post

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16 hours ago, Catman77 said:

Anyway anyone have any tips for explaining to the Chihuahua not to bite people? What would her dog parents do if she attacked their friends?

 

A lot of good advice on the topic was given after your previous post... have you tried any of that advice?

 

T.

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1 hour ago, tdierikx said:

 

A lot of good advice on the topic was given after your previous post... have you tried any of that advice?

 

T.

I'm struggling to remember all the advice. From memory it was:

*Put the dog down or give it away - family won't let me

*Keep it away from the door and people - that's our current strategy but our 8 and 11yr old boys keep forgetting to close the door or secure dog before opening

- get a behaviour specialist - I looked into this but my wife said a "behaviourist vet" saw her when she was a puppy and said nothing will help but drugs.

 

So should I try drugs?

 

I know asking on a forum is a long shot....I'm just hoping someone out there will say "hey I had a psycho chihuahua once and you know what, I shoved a sardine up her nose and pinched her back and she never bit again"

 

 

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I can't work out whether how you are writing is how you act/think, or if you type in 'Catman' speak.   'Catman' speak in itself is not an issue (people have different communication styles, and sometimes the 'in person' person is different to the 'keyboard' person), however, if both are the same, then unfortunately I don't see a solution in your household while your dog is in it :shrug:.  

 

Chi's can be feisty, but I don't think your situation is all about the breed.  The behaviour you are describing is an anxious, frightened, confused animal.  'Nuts' and 'psycho' are probably excellent descriptions on her behaviour - when looking at it from your perspective.  She is unpredictable, noisy and keeps causing issues.

 

But looking at it from her perspective - she is simply not coping and it is showing.   

 

Imagine it from her side.

  • She is surrounded by people who are approx. 10 x taller than she is (try living with beings who are 60 feet tall who speak a different language and see how comfortable you are)
  • There is tension in the air, and she *knows* she is part of it (I don't know if your household is quiet or 'yellers' but even without raised voices the tension would be felt)
  • The rules keep changing (you said yourself that the children don't close her away every time) - and you have visitors etc, so yes, the 'norm' will keep changing.  And that is not even looking at whether you and your partner have different 'rules' (for a human or animal who is looking for calm and consistent - any change is significant)
  • Possibly other factors.

She is in absolute survival mode.   Running out and biting a person on the street is completely normal dog behaviour in her situation.   It is totally weird to a person who doesn't understand, but honestly - until the human starts to look at it from a dogs perspective, it will stay weird, nuts and psycho.

 

There is no quick fix.  There simply isn't.    Sorry to be blunt - but you (as a family) need to work out what you all are going to do.  There are three options as I see it

  • Give her to a rescue who will hopefully give her the long term help she needs and get her in to a household that works for her
  • Decide she is part of the family and put in the hard yards needed - and you all need to be on the same page
  • Continue living in the world you have (which if you think is sh!t for you, then it is 10x worse for her).

 

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Yes I have known Chis that have improved whilst on Prozac. But I don't know if that will help your dog. It is quite hard to give such help on a forum, which is why you need to take the advice of someone (trainer, vet) who has actually seen the dog and seen how the dog is reacting at home. So the only advice I can give is what I said last time - keep the dog away from guests. Preferably in a nice quiet room. A place for her to escape to and feel safe. 

 

The manner in which you are writing on here is doing you zero favours btw. There are people that will help you but you need to stop being a dick. 

 

Don't care if you are trolling - this might help someone else who isn't a troll and actually needs similar help. 

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1 hour ago, BDJ said:

I can't work out whether how you are writing is how you act/think, or if you type in 'Catman' speak.   'Catman' speak in itself is not an issue (people have different communication styles, and sometimes the 'in person' person is different to the 'keyboard' person), however, if both are the same, then unfortunately I don't see a solution in your household while your dog is in it :shrug:.  

 

Chi's can be feisty, but I don't think your situation is all about the breed.  The behaviour you are describing is an anxious, frightened, confused animal.  'Nuts' and 'psycho' are probably excellent descriptions on her behaviour - when looking at it from your perspective.  She is unpredictable, noisy and keeps causing issues.

 

But looking at it from her perspective - she is simply not coping and it is showing.   

 

Imagine it from her side.

  • She is surrounded by people who are approx. 10 x taller than she is (try living with beings who are 60 feet tall who speak a different language and see how comfortable you are)
  • There is tension in the air, and she *knows* she is part of it (I don't know if your household is quiet or 'yellers' but even without raised voices the tension would be felt)
  • The rules keep changing (you said yourself that the children don't close her away every time) - and you have visitors etc, so yes, the 'norm' will keep changing.  And that is not even looking at whether you and your partner have different 'rules' (for a human or animal who is looking for calm and consistent - any change is significant)
  • Possibly other factors.

She is in absolute survival mode.   Running out and biting a person on the street is completely normal dog behaviour in her situation.   It is totally weird to a person who doesn't understand, but honestly - until the human starts to look at it from a dogs perspective, it will stay weird, nuts and psycho.

 

There is no quick fix.  There simply isn't.    Sorry to be blunt - but you (as a family) need to work out what you all are going to do.  There are three options as I see it

  • Give her to a rescue who will hopefully give her the long term help she needs and get her in to a household that works for her
  • Decide she is part of the family and put in the hard yards needed - and you all need to be on the same page
  • Continue living in the world you have (which if you think is sh!t for you, then it is 10x worse for her).

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to write.  Some good advice here about consistency. This is a huge issue. All 4 of us deal with her in a different way. 

 

It's all so hard to be consistent. The doorbell rings and who knows where she is? We all go into a panic Everytime there's a knock at the door. This is no way to live! 

 

Sorry if catman seems like a troll. Catman speak of putting little puppies in a sack is not how Catman behaves

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Catman77 said:

Oh I forgot to say. We are yellers - particularly wife and youngest. I'm assuming that's not good for the liitle paranabitch

For god’s sake, give that poor, frightened, badly badly badly treated and deliberately misunderstood little dog to a rescue and never ever ever get another pet.  And as JulesP said, “stop being a dick."

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12 minutes ago, Loving my Oldies said:

For god’s sake, give that poor, frightened, badly badly badly treated and deliberately misunderstood little dog to a rescue and never ever ever get another pet.  And as JulesP said, “stop being a dick."

OK I better leave this forum because my way of communicating is upsetting people. The dog is not mistreated. She was trembling in the corner at puppy school, but if it makes you feel better thinking it's my fault then so be it. I don't know you and you don't know me so no harm done.

 

Trust me if it were up to me I would give her away tonight. A sincere thankyou to everyone who has helped. If we can work it out Catman will update you with the good news. 

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This whole story is just one tragedy. My wife grew up with dogs. Catman grew up with cats. Mum tells me a man threw a German Sheppard on my pram when I was 2. I was shit scared of dogs after that until I was about 14.

 

Anyway my wife has said with a glowing smile for 15 years "oh you only don't like dogs because you've never had one. I can't wait until we get a dog and you learn to love it!" And then she brought home a cute little furball possessed by the devil. 

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10 hours ago, Catman77 said:

OK I better leave this forum because my way of communicating is upsetting people. The dog is not mistreated. She was trembling in the corner at puppy school, but if it makes you feel better thinking it's my fault then so be it. I don't know you and you don't know me so no harm done.

 

Trust me if it were up to me I would give her away tonight. A sincere thankyou to everyone who has helped. If we can work it out Catman will update you with the good news. 

We are concerned about your wife's dog, you will find that many of us here come in 'boots and all' because, on these forums it is all about the dog,

I have bolded part of your post: the dog is being mistreated: she is anxious, frightened and out of her depth and is responding the only way she knows.

We are posting here because we care about the dog

Yes, you are irritating, but that aside, just man up and discuss with your wife about the dog's well-being and for goodness sake just get her to Chihuahua rescue so she can have a peaceful home

 

edited to add some Images of frightened Chihuahuas and happy Chihuahuas; what does your little girl look like?

 

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I just want to add that just because your wife took the dog to see a behavioural vet when it was a pup doesn't mean a good dog behaviouralist can't see it again now and assist. A good behaviouralist (doesn't need to be a vet) will support you over an extended period of time and give you simple to implement strategies that if you all follow it will make a world of difference to both your dog and everyone else who lives in your house or visits it. It is also a hell of a lot cheaper than medical or vet bills if something goes terribly wrong. I have used several over the years and it was worth every cent. Unfortunately I am in QLD or I would recommend someone for you to talk to.

 

So perhaps also give this thread to your wife to read. People with many decades of dog experience are expressing that this little chi is acting out because she is struggling and in defense mode all the time. She is not happy and neither is your collective household. If she is loved and wanted then it is worth getting a proper assessment on whether her quality of life with your family can be changed and improved, and in turn that will be positive for all of you. Things will not get better as she gets older either. Really old dogs develop a new set of problems - they don't just simply mellow. But that's a lot of years for you to all be feeling like your house is a dangerous war zone and for a small dog to be living in her own fear, chaos and aggression. So I hope as adults you and your wife can see it is time for change for all of you. You've taken the first step to write on here and others have offered you up a variety of advice based on what you are saying and what they know from experience. We all hope you will consider it.

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Think i.d give it away when the wifes out . Then blame the kids for leaving the door open .letting it escape . Either that or grow a pair and stand up to the wife . No man should gave to live in that misery  because a domineering woman wants to keep an evil animal 

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17 hours ago, Catman77 said:

OK I better leave this forum because my way of communicating is upsetting people. The dog is not mistreated. She was trembling in the corner at puppy school, but if it makes you feel better thinking it's my fault then so be it. I don't know you and you don't know me so no harm done.

A dog feels pain, love, happiness, hunger, loneliness and every other emotion that humans feel.  Imagine if someone who lived with you hated one of your children and called him/her “PsychoChild” and any number of other horrible names.  Imagine every time this person entered a room where your child was the only thoughts in that person’s mind and those thoughts were visible on this person’s face, do you really think this would not affect the health and well being of your child?  Add to that the yelling that you have told us goes on.  Add to that arguments about how the child should respond.  Add to that a cavalier attitude from the parents, ie you, who  expected the child to disregard this person’s hatred and animosity and behave “like a child."

 

Any child support agency would consider that your child was being abused.  

 

Your dog IS being mistreated and shamefully abused.  

 

You obviously think you are hilarious; in truth, you are an abuser.   

 

 

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Wow, worse and worse. We've got all 3 n00bs in here giving each other giddyups. :mad

 

Catman77 your 1st thread is gone because what you wrote was upsetting and totally offensive to anyone who cares about dogs. It was reported multiple times by distressed members and this one will be too. 

You're just coming off as a cruel, nasty, dog-hating, chauvinist blaming his wife for his own failings. You aren't funny either by the way.

 

Get it through your head. Be a decent human. Tell your family you've got the wrong dog. And send the dog to rescue.

Drugs don't change an unsuitable environment and are not the magic bullet they sounds like.

 

Obviously you'll get another. Do your homework next time. 

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There has been some good advice given to you here.  None of it has been taken and nothing has changed in your household.  It is an untenable situation for everyone.  Especially the dog.  No wonder it's confused.

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On 11/10/2021 at 12:07 PM, paul1 said:

Think i.d give it away when the wifes out . Then blame the kids for leaving the door open .letting it escape . Either that or grow a pair and stand up to the wife . No man should gave to live in that misery  because a domineering woman wants to keep an evil animal 

No woman should have to live with a lying cowardly husband who blames the kids when he’s done something.

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