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    Please help! My 16 month old shih tzu has suddenly starting snapping at people!

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    Please help! My 16 month old shih tzu has suddenly starting snapping at people!

    Post by Cece12 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:33 pm

    Hello all!!

    I have a 16 month old shih tzu! She is absolutely adorable and we love her very much. She is usually pretty well behaved although she does like to play a lot and sometimes bites our fingers. But we are pretty stern with her. She is also very small 6.5 pounds. She was the runt of the litter and almost died. The vet says she is in perfect health.

    She LOVES people. She is always looking for attention. Well recently (this past weekend) she has starting snapping and biting people when they try to pick her up! We went to a bon fire and she was with us. She is usually the life of the party. Well we came to the fire and she bit the first two people who tried to pet her. Then she tried to bite my sister in law and me! This continued all weekend whenever someone would try to pick her up (someone who she didn't know as well) she would just bite them.

    We were not at home all weekend (we stayed with my parents) and there were many new people. And other people she knows quite well. But usually she is SO good with new people. I want to nip this behavior in the bud asap. This can't become a normal thing for her. I can tell its out of fear and she is getting nervous. But I'm wondering why this is happening now. We have gone away with her to the same place many times and never had any issues! She is a VERY attached dog. She is obsessed with me and has to be in the same room as me at all times. I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not.

    When she does bite we are very firm with her and she puts her head down like she knows. But I'm not sure what to do! Help!
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    Re: Please help! My 16 month old shih tzu has suddenly starting snapping at people!

    Post by daisydotes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:18 pm

    welcome  from me and the crew.

    Not sure why she should suddenly start to snap like that sometimes puppy's can get a bit over zealous but not continually. Have you checked her over to make sure she hasn't hurt herself and that would make it uncomfortable for her to be handled. Daisy occasionally has a snap when I go to pick her up but only in the morning when she knows it groom time not one of her favourite things to be doing. Like you I am very firm with her and still pick her up she soon settles down and then I must continue with the grooming.

    If she shows no signs of being hurt in any way then Possibly just too many people around her making her nervous and apprehensive.









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    Re: Please help! My 16 month old shih tzu has suddenly starting snapping at people!

    Post by Honeyboo on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:43 pm

    Hi and welcome.

    I can't really offer advice as I am new to the whole puppy thing.all I can say is she might just be trying to make everyone feel beneath her and she is trying to be the head of you all!

    Having said that I don't know how you stop it.

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    Re: Please help! My 16 month old shih tzu has suddenly starting snapping at people!

    Post by Fluff on Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:49 am

    Cant say anymore than said above really, strange just started and would make me think shes maybe in pain ??

    Good luck and hope it all settles soon x









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