(Closed) grumpy pet vent – small agressive dogs *arent* cute

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@newname_99:  That sounds annoying. Why not vote with your feet and stop shopping there?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ugh. My aunt raised chihuahuas… just imagine 20-30 of them at once.

They usually have “little man” er “dog” complex.  Bark like mad to prove they are tough, sometimes try to bite though I’ve met few that did try to bite and if they did it was usually crappy humans at fault.

One of my best friends has one… the things are horrible! lol, but that’s my personal opinion. I can see why they are great pets for elderly in a house/apartment: small dog/small mess but companion and intruder alert, plus they are one of the breeds that are less likely to cause allergy issues (especially if purebred).

And even if they try to maul you they can’t really, the size of a cats mouth without the cat teeth, they’re easy to pry off (press your thumb and index finger where the jaws meet maybe a little low and back and their mouth pops open even if they DO bite hard enough and hold).  The only time I ever got hurt at my aunts house a few dogs were “chasing” me (and I wasn’t scared but playing), jumped on a chair backwards and knee-d myself near the eye lol.

Also they make great living footballs with legs and heads… into beds and couches so they don’t get hurt of course, but in my defense I grew up with them!

Personally in your situation I’d roll my eyes and laugh.  But I’m a cowboy/hiking boots girl so no worries there on the ankle biting.  If I wore other shoes I’d tell the owners “I’d really rather shop here than X but your dog keeps trying to ruin my shoes/ankles and it’s just not cost effective for me to shop here unless this changes.”  Maybe they don’t see their little love of their life dog being an issue and need it pointed out!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Funny I get tired of the opposite.  Everytime I take my Chihuahua to the dog park they are always saying “Wow, hes not a normal Chihuahua.  He’s so since and plays with all the dogs.”  Chihuahuas have such a bad rep that we have a harder time adopting them out at the rescue that I volunteer for than we do Pit Bulls even though we have breed restrictions. 

My Chihuahua is more protective of me than our big dog and I have seen him snap at some people.  Sometimes he gets startled as well.  And I correct him.  But when he snaps at the same people consistantly I tend to listen to him.

The owners need to correct the dog’s behavior.  Like you say its not cute.  He’s a dog like any other and needs to be trained accordingly.  If they want the Chihuahua to be a true guard dog they need to stop treating it like a toy and treat it like a dog.  My dog goes on walks everyday, the only time I ever carried him anywhere was after a 5K because he was likely to get trampled by all the people at the finish line.  Actually I found it astounding how many people were surprised that my dog walked the whole 5K with me.  I though um “HE’S A DOG!”  He has four legs I have two if anything I was the one who was tired.

I would honestly try as nicely as possible to bring it up with the owners.  If the dog actually harms someone they could be sued just as easily as if it were a Pitt Bull.  It’s a liability without any training.  There are plenty of cheap options for training and they can even visit websites online to discover more about the breed.  Most try to explain that altough a Chihuahua is a toy breed it is not actually a toy.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@newname_99:  You know that’s another thing.  Dogs can tell when someone is afraid of them or doesn’t like them and it makes them react.  Perphaps if you intend to keep shopping there you should try to remain calm and ignore the dog (don’t make eye contact, try not to look at it at all.)  It should at that point leave you alone.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They need to be told something.  It’s better to have it come out of your mouth than to have animal control come by.  Even by keeping the dog off leash someone could potentially report them and their dog could be taken away.

I love my dog but he’s not my “baby” and I am not his “mommy.”  If he’s doing something bad I want to know so I can fix it or take care of it.  If they don’t have the sense to listen to you then its out of your hands and you’ve done everything you can.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ive had 4 chihuahuas and never have they acted that way.  It’s all about how their environment.  Tell them that the dog’s attitude is not good for business.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It completely depends on the owners. If they pick them up and “protect” them from every little thing they get a superiority complex. It happens with lots of little dogs which is why i prefer the larger breads. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t believe it’s the breeds fault, I believe as other Bees said it’s the owners fault and they need to correct the behavior, based on your post the owner just laughs it off, so my suggestion is either learn to accept it or do shop at the big name OXXO stores…

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@newname_99:  “i also know theyre struggling financially as they have to pay the grandmother’s hospital bills so i feel like its better to spend money there.”


If you’re comfortable talking to them about it, maybe suggest that their business would do a bit better if they didn’t have the dog out front deterring people from coming in?  I know people who are scared of dogs of all sizes and temperments. I’m in favour of having a dog at work, but maybe he could stay beind the counter with a baby gate?

If you’re not comfortable, send them an anonymous letter?

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know what you mean. I never thought I’d be a small dog owner because I thought small dogs were just like that by default!

I got a really laid back one (not a chihuahua but similar size) and he never barks and is just in love with every single person he meets. I think someone could try to rob my house and murder me and he’d be fine with it if he got cuddles and pets in there somewhere. 

We are stern with him if he ever growls (he occasionally resource guards, a leftover from shelter life, and we work with it when it happens, it’s just so rare that we don’t have a lot of opportunities. I try to induce it but I can’t) and we have a four three (he’s missing a leg) on the floor policy — he doesn’t get carried or picked up on walks or in the house unless he needs to get someplace he can’t get by himself. 

Little things help a lot. He gets lots of playtime and workouts to keep him tuckered out. We make him sit-stay to get meals or pets (Nothing In Life Is Free strategy). Stuff like that. 

See, now to me, THAT is a dog that thinks he’s a big dog (because just like a big dog, he can’t get away with anything!)

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