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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Tyler1111, Mar 22, 2021.


  1. Tyler1111

    Tyler1111 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, just after some advice.
    We had our Milo castrated 6 days ago now as we were looking at pro’s and con’s for castration and felt it was the best option for him.
    However, since having the operation milo hasn’t been himself which of course is understandable it has only been 6 days but he has become really aggressive, he sometimes is, if we pick him up or he does something naughty and we have to tell him off for, he will growl and snap at us and sometimes bite if we are too close. But it has become increasingly worse after his op. He is currently wearing a medical pet shirt as we felt the E-collar wouldn’t have suited him as he’s a little 3kg. So when we are trying to unbutton him for him to go outside and do his business he will try and snap at us and he’s very angry, of course this is maybe because he’s still sore there but in general he is moody too. We have tried the treat method and we have tried being very stern and telling him no, we have also tried being affectionate which is hard when you have a very angry chihuahua. We are really stuck and don’t know where to go from here, do we let it go over our heads for now as he is still recovering and tackle the issue after? Or do we stop it now? And how do we stop it? Any advice would be really helpful. Thank you in advance!
     
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    I'm not sure how to answer this, as we never had Dillon done, I really wouldn't be picking him up at the moment I'd leave a while to settle down.

    As for E-collar why would you even think of using such a cruel thing, I'll nearly didn't answer you.:mad:
     
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    E collar as in Elizabethan collar, not a shock collar.

    Hi Tyler welcome
    It sounds like your boy is very unsure/scared and he's telling you the only way he feels he can be heard.
    I doubt it's very comfortable for him to be picked up and handled and he's trying to tell you.
    If he's not bothering his incision I'd forgo the medical shirt for now and just leave him be.

    As for telling him off, try to teach him what to do instead of telling him off, what sorts of things are you telling him off for?
     
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    Tyler1111 PetForums Newbie

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    As he’s a chihuahua he doesn’t really like going outside in this weather so has to be picked up or else he won’t go outside and will do his business in the house.
    If you read my post properly he isn’t wearing and E Collar. He is wearing a medical pet shirt?
     
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    He will be feeling sore down there.
    I suspect you meant Elizabethan collar (cone of shame) not the sort of E-collar that gives electric shocks?
    If you keep him on a house line - a light lead attached to you, - you won't have to pick him up, the medical suit can stay off except at night when you can't watch him. If he looks about to bother his wound, tell him to leave it and distract him with a toy. Every couple of hours, take him out for toilets.
     
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    Tyler1111 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey there, thank you! I know, it’s really difficult for him and totally understand he uncomfortable, it’s just so sad to see him like this and I feel guilty! as far at the telling him off it’s for things like, trying to pick up food if we are cooking or trying to get in the dishwasher. Silly things like that, he has only just turned 11 months old so he’s still learning at the moment
     
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    His breed doesn't matter here. Most dogs prefer not to go outside in cold weather :)
    Encourage him out with a house line as above, use some treats to lure him, and teach him that if he goes out, wonderful things will happen, like treats and fuss. He'll soon figure it out.
     
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    Does he have a leave it cue? Does he know his name?
    If so, use his name to call him away from the dishwasher, and then reward him for compliance. No need to tell him off :)
     
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    Well I've never heard them called a e-collar, to me E-collar has always been a shock collar.
     
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    Yeah he does but this is my exact point, he will growl at me and not move? So I am stuck as to what to do
     
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    Since OP, Burrowzig and I have all clarified now, perhaps best to leave it? Not a shock collar. Done.

    He's growling because he's worried you're going to pick him up. You need to re-establish trust.
    Can you put a baby gate/stair gate up in the kitchen to keep him out and change the conversation for now?
    In the meantime, teach him that when you say his name and call him away from things, wonderful things will happen, treat and fuss. This will help change the association.
     
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    yes okay, thank you I will try and see how we go. I feel terrible that he doesn’t trust me, hopefully we can get back to how we were. Thanks again
     
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    Hi. Welcome to the forum. :)
    Chis are fiesty little dogs at the best of times. If my own Chi Honey is any indication, when they're ill or in pain, their tolerance for being disturbed is through the floor. He will forgive you as the pain dies away, and you will get back to where you were.
     
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