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Upredictable shitzhu

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by darren vanehill, May 22, 2017.


  1. darren vanehill

    darren vanehill PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    I have a 3 year old male Shitzhu. He is unpredictable. One minute hes happy go lucky but every now and then he will snap and bite. If we touch him accidentally when he is asleep for example he will lash out and bite so we know how to avoid these situations. He wont let us groom him without being unhappy about it and lashing out at us every now and again if we try. He will go to the groomers and get his hair cut without any problems occurring whilst he's there. Perhaps the groomer is more firm with him. What I wanted to ask the forum is . Can he be trained not to bite. I don't wont to think about the inevitable putting him to sleep problem but get scared at the prospect of him biting some one else.
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Chances are he has always been displaying some signs of anxiety and you have missed them and continued invading his space which has inadvertently pushed him to escalate his behaviours.

    I would be careful about trusting a groomers word tbh as maybe he is extremely stressed by the process. I would only use a groomer that allowed me to watch (from a distance) for my own peace of mind.

    Anxious dogs can be turned around but you need to learn the right way to retrain him.

    Not touching him when asleep or on his bed, not ignoring his signs of anxiety or putting him in situations where he feels overwhelmed, reward/praise when relaxed, etc.

    Ask the vet for a referral to a good behaviourist - one who does not use alpha/dominance methods, but positive and reward based training.

    Has he been checked for any health related issues which can cause aggression?
     
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