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    Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    Hi all! I'm having a problem here with my dogs! So for the longest time, I've had 2 chihuahuas in this house. One of them is bigger than the other and is part corgi, he always attacks the other one, probably due to them both being males. This happens on and off and until now, we've been able to break them apart. Well, today I brought a brand new dog home, a female husky! She is a baby still, and spends a lot of time sleeping and keeping to herself, well, if I so much as bring her towards the other dog, the chihuahua corgi mix, he snarles and attacks her full force! Jumps on top of her and tries biting her! He's just a bully! What am I supposed to do to get them to just get along, because I can't just keep them separated forever, if she's gonna live here, the other dog has to just get used to it eventually. I'm lost here! Thanks in advance guys, I appreciate any help I can get here!

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    Re: Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    Your chi/corgi mix might simply not like other dogs, especially if he's attacking your current dog. There are certainly things you can do to make him more tolerant, such as a very slow introduction, but that won't change the way he feels. I would recommend a behaviorist to help you come up with a training plan, because it's too much for a bunch of strangers who have never seen your dog to offer you much advice in a rather serious situation.

    Even if a behaviorist can help you with a training plan, your chi/corgi may never truly enjoy being around the husky or any other dog, and they will likely always need to be separated. The husky is likely going to get bigger than the chi/corgi, and one day she will end up killing him. You should not let your chi/corgi be around the puppy, because every time he attacks her she's learning that "other dogs are bad," and then you'll have the same problems with her.

    No matter what you choose to do, you will have to keep them separated. He may never "just get used to it eventually." If you're very lucky, he might learn to tolerate her, but be prepared for if he doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith View Post
    Your chi/corgi mix might simply not like other dogs, especially if he's attacking your current dog. There are certainly things you can do to make him more tolerant, such as a very slow introduction, but that won't change the way he feels. I would recommend a behaviorist to help you come up with a training plan, because it's too much for a bunch of strangers who have never seen your dog to offer you much advice in a rather serious situation.

    Even if a behaviorist can help you with a training plan, your chi/corgi may never truly enjoy being around the husky or any other dog, and they will likely always need to be separated. The husky is likely going to get bigger than the chi/corgi, and one day she will end up killing him. You should not let your chi/corgi be around the puppy, because every time he attacks her she's learning that "other dogs are bad," and then you'll have the same problems with her.

    No matter what you choose to do, you will have to keep them separated. He may never "just get used to it eventually." If you're very lucky, he might learn to tolerate her, but be prepared for if he doesn't.
    I've tried to get them slowly closer to each other, but this Chihuahua in question is hard headed! My new husky wants to introduce herself and play, because she's a 2 month old baby, but the chi/corgi here doesn't even show slow signs, he goes right for the attack! I've even had to move his kennel because he growls and barks at her, just knowing she's sleeping nearby. I ordered a large cage with a divider to keep her (my husky) in, and thought maybe it would be easier for the Chihuahuas to get to know her when she's crated, so they can't physically attack her, but I'd hate to antagonize her like that too. She's a baby still, teething and kinda likes to bite stuff (playfully of course). I'm really not sure how to handle this. So both Chihuahuas get aggressive, but the corgi mix gets down right violent!

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    Re: Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    You will likely have to keep them separated at all times. As Lillith said, every time the husky gets attacked she is learning that dogs are mean. Eventually she will fight back and you will have a severely injured or dead dog. Your husky could also learn to become aggressive herself with all dogs. This is really not a good situation. I would recommend returning the husky and not getting any other dogs until your chihuahua has passed.
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    Re: Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    Quote Originally Posted by H4X0R46 View Post
    I've tried to get them slowly closer to each other, but this Chihuahua in question is hard headed! My new husky wants to introduce herself and play, because she's a 2 month old baby, but the chi/corgi here doesn't even show slow signs, he goes right for the attack! I've even had to move his kennel because he growls and barks at her, just knowing she's sleeping nearby. I ordered a large cage with a divider to keep her (my husky) in, and thought maybe it would be easier for the Chihuahuas to get to know her when she's crated, so they can't physically attack her, but I'd hate to antagonize her like that too. She's a baby still, teething and kinda likes to bite stuff (playfully of course). I'm really not sure how to handle this. So both Chihuahuas get aggressive, but the corgi mix gets down right violent!
    It sounds like you really need to keep them completely separate at all times. A slow intro may not be enough. I would really suggest a behaviorist or some sort of professional trainer to help you, but even then your Chi may simply be dog aggressive and not tolerate another dog in the household. This is genetic, and no amount of training will fix it. Your options then will be to commit to keeping the dogs completely separate at all times, or rehoming the husky.

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    Re: Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    That stinks. Unfortunately, in this case I would probably have to return the puppy to the breeder

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    Re: Chihuahua keeps attacking my new husky!

    My personal opinion is that I would bring back the puppy to the breeder. It is always a gamble to introduce a new dog if there is already one that shows some problems behaviour wise.
    Of course, it COULD work if you keep them separated but I don't think this would be fair for any of the pets involved.
    There are dogs who want to be the only prince/princess and don't want to share and it can be hard to train them to be more accepting. Keeping the puppy will be more stressfull for all of you, even if you decide to consult a dog trainer.

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