Pomchi Question

My dad passed away and we now have his PomChi-weenie. He is 1 1/2 years old. He is mainly a...

My dad passed away and we now have his PomChi-weenie. He is 1 1/2 years old. He is mainly a sweet dog but has this problem growling A LOT. We have had him for about 2 months now and he has recently started nipping also. He bit my husband and also grazed my sons fingure. I don't want to get rid of him but I can't have a dog that is unpredictable around my small children. What can I do? Please help!

    In Pomchi - Asked by Anonymous - 9/22/2010 12:12:09 PM
I have a Pomchi that is awesome with my sister's two small children. I rescued him from an abusive situation and he nipped constantly. My first bit of advice is don't get over whelmed or anxious . The point is to get across to the dog that this is not the way you wish to be interacted with. When the animal acts in a way you do not like turn away and ignor and return later and try again. Still another way is if the animal mouths you say uh uh and replace your hand with a toy and praise when the dog mouths the toy instead. And everytime that the animal has the proper reaction do not forget to reward and praise. Dog training places are great tools and very fun for older kids. Dilagence and consistancy is the key to working with animals. I recommend "Dog Training for Dummies" the best easy read you could for the well being of yourself and your pets.
    Answered by Anonymous - 9/27/2010 11:19:49 PM

Do not give up on him. We got a 1 1/2 year old Pom-Chi from a shelter. He would be vicious. It took about 9 months to establish trust. He is scared, homesick and grieving. Try to give him a space of his own. Help him feel like apart of the family not just some dog you got but didn't really want. Bribe him with treats and praise him. My Pom-Chi has a lot of energy. Take him for walks and get him good and tired. Try to give him lots of belly rubs. He will start to trust you. And cuddle with him. Our 13 month old daughter does this. He was scared of her and would bite her. Once she learned how to rub him he stopped. They play with his ball together. If he is out of control get a spay bottle with water and every time he barks, spay him and say "Bad (his name)." It got to the point where if we picked up the spay bottle he would stop. He even had a time out. We would put him in the garage for a 5-10 minutes after he did something bad. When he came out he would be calm.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/24/2010 12:49:28 AM