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Q: good boy going bad

January 2, 2009 | By janice b. | 7 answers | Expired: 2142 days ago

good boy going bad

we adopted poncho 6 weeks ago and for the first three weeks everything was fine he was such a good boy. now when we have company over he will try to bite them. if they are sitting down he is their best friend but if they get up he will lung at them.poncho love's his new dad but....when dad was going to the gun rang to practice poncho saw the gun and went crazy . i have tryed to find out about his past with no luck, he was picked up off the streets and was sooo.... skinny .I have tried scolding him for bad behavier and reward for good with no luck. please help if you can we need it. i have to put him in a room so he cant hurt anyone when we have company and dad has to hide the gun when going to the range.

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Vinny C.
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Jan 02, 2009

This is not an issue that can be answered in this type of format. See a behaviorist or trainer well versed in behavior modification. The dog whisperer is not going to fix this.

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Jessica P.
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Jan 02, 2009

You have experianced the end of the honeymoon period..When adopting a dog I always tell people they will see the true dog after about 2-3weeks. (My other dog ATE the couch, yes the entire couch front after exactly 15days) This being said do as the others have said, be consistant. Since you are dealing with an aggressive dog (even a small one) be careful, and get a crate (a wire will work best for this situation). Start with a blanket covering the crate on all sides. Before company comes put him in the crate, with treats/toys, and cover him up. Allow company in ignore the dog COMPLETELY. Do this a lot until it appears he is "calm" with company, several trials/days..then uncover one side..repeat steps....uncover anothe...and so on and on until after company has entered and your dog has remained calm after a few minutes just causally open the crate and by hand give a treat. You may also have company before this give him very special (hamburger, liver...ect) treats through the crate when they come in. Good luck.

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lee n.
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Jan 02, 2009

you have to show him that you are the leader of the pact- and
will nit tolerate that bad behavior- get a dog whisper book

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Pugweimlov
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Jan 02, 2009

When you have people over as a guest leave him on a leash and teach him good behavior. He probably got pampered the first few weeks of being home with you as we feel sorry for whatever life they may have had and we therefore create an unstable mind right away when they come into the home. Instead we need to bring them in our home and lay down the rules. I wouldn't leave him in a room locked away from everyone as he will just escalate his anger and not learn to deal with it. Dogs live in the moment so you have to work with him on his issue over and over and over until you get in his mind how he is to respond to that situation. Using a leash and maybe you might want to get a muzzle too since he is biting so that you can address his issue and have control so that he doesn't bite. There are probably a million ways you can handle this and each one you will just have to do by trial and error until you find a technique that works. Good luck and don't give up until you find a way to help your dog behavior correctly. Thats all he needs is to be taught how to handle what he is reacting to.

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Jodi S.
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Jan 02, 2009

Ah, Poncho has clearly gone through the honeymoon period, and he's showing signs of wanting to stay with you no matter what. If he's the small dog in your icon, unfortunately, chihuahuas frequently can have possession issues, and you need to get help from a trainer as soon as possible. Obviously, you are seeing the situation as problematic rather than cute, which is the first step to working with a small dog. You need to help reprogram his responses to things such as visitors, so Poncho begins to realize that all of these are good things.

Until you can talk to a trainer (you might see if the shelter or rescue group you adopted Poncho from has any recommendations), just keep Poncho confined or on leash when ever any of his triggers are available and give him really great treats (something he would never otherwise get) regardless of how he reacts. For example, when your husband is going to the gun range, get boiled chicken and give it to Poncho when the gun is out. The idea is that Poncho should start to form a positive association with the gun coming out, so his reaction will become happy and excited rather than upset.

I can't accurately diagnose anything over the internet though, so getting a trainer involved is the best step possible. Good luck!

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candace b.
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Jan 02, 2009

I also think patience is the key. He is just starting to establish comfort in a new home and also some obvious "territory" issues are apparent. My dog, Sampson, went thru a similar phase when we first moved to our new home. The can get very "Protective and possesive" when they are just getting used to new surroundings.

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SwampRat
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Jan 02, 2009

Be patient, is all I can offer. He obviously LIKES his new home.

Apparently, Poncho thinks the "company" has come to "take him back". And he seems to have FEW fond memories of where he was before you adopted him.

Equally apparent is a bad experience in the past with a gun.

It may take a while for him to "re-associate" these things with his stable home.

Just Guessing. But I do have some experience with how some of my pets have handled traumatic experiences.

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