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New Here but need help
Hi, I am new here but need some desparate help please.
We had a yorkie for 13 years who recently passed away. We had her before we had children and she was not socialized properly. We did not get her until she was 12 weeks of age and when our children came along, she would nip at them etc. Plus she didn't like strangers and we could never answer the door without hiding her in another room.
So after she passed we searched for the perfect breed of dog for our family, that would be good with strangers and and our children. That is why we chose a havanese.
So we set out to find a good breeder and one where we could get a new puppy as soon as possible. Well, found one but there were red flags. First she did not offer any kind of health guarantee. Second red flag is that you were not able to even touch the puppies until they were 8 weeks old; however, I put that aside thinking the socialization period for dogs is between 4 to 12 weeks of age so thought that would give us plenty of time.
Brought our new pup home, Jazzy. She has been a biter from the get go. I realize pups like to bite but it is constant. No matter what we do, she does not listen or stop and my younger kids are scared of her because of this, and mainly this also stems from the yorkie we had.
We have put her on her back to show who is the "alpha" male so to speak as per the breeder.
She started to growl at one of my kids, and today she growled at me when I went to pet her while she was falling asleep on my lap, so I turned her over on her back and she growled more and then tried to bite me. *sigh*
I am devestated and I have three kids to worry about. Plus since the day we have had her she has had the diarrhea off and on. She tested positive for a parasite, isospora, and was treated for it but still has the diahrea off and on and now the vet is going to be treating her for campylobacter, because her litter mates tested positive for this.
She has cost me a fortune in vet bills. As much as we have become attached to her and love her, I did request from the breeder for a full refund and to return her. I just can't have another aggressive dog with three children in the house. The breeder has refused to return her.
I am so sad. Just wondering if anyone has any kind of advice?
I just don't understand that this breed was supposed to have a good temperment and that is not what we got. I am sure there are exceptions but just at a loss for what to do.
Oh and she is 13 weeks old now and we got her when she was 8 weeks old.