What can we do with this aggressive dog?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Spontaneous aggression sounds very much like a sickness to me. Dogs just don’t flip a switch and become mean. Unless this dog was mercilessly beaten, tortured or abused, I’m willing to bet something is wrong with the poor pup.

Rehabilitation is a toss up.. it doesn’t always work and if a dog is deemed too aggressive to be safely rehomed, they are usually put down.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Maybe try a bark collar, our youngest is pretty aggressive (although doesn’t bite) towards strangers, the bark collar has worked wonders. I don’t even need to put it on anymore, all I have to do is say ‘do you want your bark collar on?’ in a specific tone of voice, and she stops barking and comes over to me.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

This is so sad … I know our Humane Society has a special behavioural section for dogs like those. That being said, I don’t know what happens if rehabilitation does not work.

We adopted our second dog (Gizmo) from the behavioural section in February. He was (and sometimes still is) aggressive towards strangers. With us and people he’s familiar with, he is the most loving and cuddly dog in the world. Our older dog has definitely helped him – they play well together and it helps him expell his extra energy. Gizmo was a stray before he was brought into the shelter, so we’re not sure of his history, but he exhibits signs of an abused dog. He is a nervous urinator – definitely improved, but still can be a problem when he needs to be put on a leash. He is also loud and we finally caved and bought him a bark collar a little over a month ago and it has worked wonders with his barking and aggression towards strangers. He regressed a little with the nervous peeing after the bark collar, but it was a small price to pay and we’re getting better and better every day!

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

@webster:  Well most places they take it to will not accept him if he is this aggressive, and would euthanise him. Can you see if they can talk to their vet or an animal behaviorist about what could be wrong and how to fix it? The bark collar I got for my dog was only $30 on eBay.

I just can’t imagine this poor little dog getting put down because no one bothered to train him properly.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@webster:  I know it’s also a cost thing, but instead of a bark collar, there are remote-controlled training collars as well.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Is he neutered? Also I have a lot of experience with small dogs and they can be quite fiesty as they are usually “one person” owners. They get really attached to their owners (in this case your aunt) and when they realize their owner is gone, they get majorly stressed out and filled with a TON of anxiety. Chihuahua’s are tiny so sometimes they overcompensate with the aggression because of fear. It sounds like this poor little guy is feeling abandoned and doesn’t know what else to do at this point. He’s scared and lashing out due to being abandoned as well as a horrible lack of training on your aunts behalf. 

Poor guy :/

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Having had an aunt who raised chihuahuas, several people I’ve known have had one or more all their life:

My best friend got one foisted off on her, but she treats it really well so the dog loves her, puts up with her kids, and… it hates everyone else.  I found and posted this on her Facebook page the other day, it was a hit with everyone who’s been at her house.  She won’t allow the dog to chase or bite people though, so it mostly just snarls, growls and barks until she gets him calm or puts him in another room.

Some of it I’m sure is just chihuahua nature (they often have serious “little man” syndrom and act aggressive to scare off what they see as threats), then he is unhappy and scared and likely not treated all that well previously and is acting out, so everyone is wary of him, just a sad circle really.  I doubt he is beyond help or hope of finding a loving home, especially if he’s at least a little better with some people he knows better.  Contacting rescues or even breeders of chihuahuas is a great idea other people have suggested.  They will be able to deal with him needing work and the chihuahua “little man” type way of acting out.

Poor dog, really needs someone to love him and work with him.  I hope you find a good solution.  And of course I can’t help but say how crappy just to drop the dog off with unsuspecting relatives one day!

Edited because submitting ate the pic the first time :).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I’m glad you are asking this questions. I think too many people are too quick to give up on their animals when it could be as simple as getting an expert involved to train the animal with the owner. Your local pet store might be able to reccommend someone to take the dog to training. I highly reccommend. A friend of my husbands does this, and I think it is really amazing what just a few sessions can do to make everyones lives better. 

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