How can I train my chihuahua not to be aggressive?
I adopted a chihuahua (Selena) from a breeder and she is one year old (she has already been spayed as well). The previous owner never took her anywhere, and the dog was never around anyone but her and her husband. Because of this, she is aggressive towards strangers and to my fiance; she will try to bite anyone who tries to touch her, except for me. Is there anything that I can do to reverse this behavior, or is it too late to socialize her? All tips are appreciated!
Chihuahua's are agressive and energetic creatures. I have a teacup. They need lots of exercise that would help in etting ride of some aggressive behavior..play with her and teach her tricks..and have your fiance sit down and play with her too along with you…find a way to teach her tricks and teach your fiance to do the exact same thing (that way it's consistent) and perhaps she will grow to trust him. It's not to late to train her but it sounds like a lot of work at this stage. Introduce her to only one or two people at a time because they are over anxious creatures and may feel threatened by too many people in the same room or surrounding her. Mine is the friendliest dog there is but if there are too many people around he generally retreats and backs off. If someone were to try and pet him in that phase, the dog looks at it like a threat. I would talk to someone who knows about CHI's and your vet. they may even have a better solution.