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.
good luck

  • b.w.

    Obedience classes for aggressive dogs. Those little ankle biters can be a handful!
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  • Samantha I

    if you got it as a stray, you cant.
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  • Sal

    Call an obedience instructor, they should be able to offer some suggestions
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  • Harold T

    muzzle him
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  • green is clean

    I have a friend with a Chihuahua that he spoiled rotten and it's still meaner than hell. I think they all just have Napoleon complexes.
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  • JadeDragonMage

    Training her in general is a good idea, the more she gets used to doing things you tell her, even if it's just 'fetch' or 'sit' the more she'll listen to you. If she does something you really don't want her to, especially aggressive moves, give her NO attention at all, no shouting or anything, just completely ignore her until she's calm again. She should get the idea that if she wants you to pay attention to her she has to be civil. This may take a while.
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  • kasey j

    thats easy i have one you show it lots of love and train it 2
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  • gemii1

    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.
    good luck
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  • alisonchowac

    u could try getting a obidence instructer!
    it worked for my dog, (try being in the same situation like me, but with a furocious rottweiler! eeekk!!!)
    since that obidence guy came and trained Zak (my rottweiler) for a month Zak is now really caring, protective, positive, extremely obidient (he brings in the newspaper and gives me my slippers every morning!!!!) and playful!!
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  • Kat

    Chihuahuas tend to be mistrustful of strangers by nature, so she could just be inherently "aggressive" and no amount of socialization may help. They also tend to be one person dogs and apparently, she has decided that you are that 'one person' and feels the need to protect her territory and you from interlopers. (Anyone not you)

    I'd work on the fiance first and attempt to get them to be friends. Have your fiance offer her a treats. Even let your fiance feed her meals. Dogs think the person who fills the food bowl is great. Don't let Selena think that she is the dominant animal in the house. Don't allow her to sleep in your bed or eat at the same time as you do. Selene needs to know that you are the person in charge.

    Gradually have people visit, but ask that they not make any moves toward Selena. Ask them to ignore her and not to make direct eye contact with her. Selena will need to smell them and make the initial greeting. Ask visitors to offer her treats when Selena gets used to their company.

    When you feel more comfortable with her aggression issue, take her to dog parks, but always leashed and don't allow children to pet her. Few Chihuahuas adore children. She may always be nippy and you may have to accept it and make sure she doesn't have the opportunity to bite people. You can even try a muzzle when you are in public areas.
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    Personal experience as a vet tech, pet sitter and 30 plus years of Chihuahua ownership.

  • muffett1

    I know how you feel we have 2 yr old chihuahua as well as she too is not used to people as we rarely have company to our home we always go out so she is the same but she never has tried to bite anyone….
    we take her for long walks to the parks & she is slowly starting to let other dogs come closer but people no way so I am not sure she will ever come around but I guess patience is the best with these little creatures..
    so good luck to you …
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  • lazy michael

    get a spay bottle n put water inside when she starts to bite spray her n say no
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  • perla_puertoriquena

    Some times U need to look at the situation from the dogs side,remember that dogs are PAC animals and they look up to their PAC leader wish in this case it will be U the reason Y she does bit U partner is b/c for her he is in a level lower than him so he might need to let her know that is not that way.how can he do this? well U can have him feed her ,and remember the PAC leader always eats first so don't let food around for her have a specific time to feed her and do it after u ate, anyways have him feed her that way she see that the food is coming from him so in a way she start accepting him as part of the PAC and he will keep going up those levels.

    And for the other people that she nips at remember that a PAC is a PAC no one wants an intruder when everything is going good!so in a way she is defending the PAC and keeping the intruders out!
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The Chihuahua Manual