Boston Terrier puppy goes "crazy" and bites

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Old 08-03-2019, 03:42 AM
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Boston Terrier puppy goes "crazy" and bites

I have a three month old Boston Terrier that "looses" control frequently, trashing around things for minutes and biting anything that moves including humans. It happens around five to eight times a day with no apparent pattern. It seems that something triggers him and he goes from calm to crazy in milliseconds. I am not too worried about the trashing of things that lie around, its the biting I am more concerned about.

So far, I have tried (and continue to) try the following things:
- Saying "ouch"
- Stopping to play
- Putting him in play pen

None of this seems to work on him in crazy mode. He will just continue biting whether or not the objects are moving or making sounds.

Currently, the only option to control him is to grab him by the collar and push him to the ground. He will resist, sometimes for minutes and eventually give up. I can usually tell from his ears (they will loose tension). But after calming down, anything can trigger him again immediately.

I also consulted a trainer and she suggested that I might be keeping his energy too high (for example by energetic playing). For the last two weeks, I tried to refrain from doing anything that might get him more agitated. She also suggested, it could be that he is eating too little. I then tried to experiment with his food portions, but that showed no effect either.

I made some videos from a "play" (more like sitting on the floor) session after breakfast and walk. These are all scenes from playing with him less than three minutes in total. It consists of three clips that I cut together, one where he is going in crazy mode, then chewing his blanket on top of me and when I pull him away, he starts biting: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7f26b6
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:58 AM
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Ahh tantrums, no fun.

Echo was like this, the only thing that helped was to keep an area fenced off and leave for 3-10 seconds if she put teeth on skin. Time outs don't have to be long.

We also did a lot of conditioning for calm with Karen overall's relaxation protocol and shaping calm behind the barrier.
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Our pup is now 7 months old and he used to get the crazies when he got ready for his nap. It's like a small child that is tired but so overstimulated that he misbehaves and gets all hyper.

Good news: It eventually will get better, the trick is to not lose your cool so as to not ruin your relationship with him, you don't want him to fear you.

We got Toby end of February, Winter, bitter cold, snow and ice for a few more months ahead. We couldn't take this 10 week old puppy outside to play, so what we did in those first few months, is to get him tired out by playing tug of war, throwing toys for him to run for, and when he came back we had a second toy ready to throw. Near the end of playtime I used the opportunity to teach him to let go and the "leave it" command. Because this requires the toy to remain still and boring the pup would hold it in his mouth until he realized that nothing was happening. Letting go, let the game continue, but it was those calm moments that eventually got him calmed enough to want to lay down for his nap. Perhaps worth a try with your pup?
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It must be a boston terrier puppy thing. i had the same problem with my pup.
My Henry was the same way and he chewed EVERYTHING until he was 9 months old. Anytime he would chew on me, I'd say "Ouch!" and tap his nose. Then I'd give him a chew toy instead. Now he doesn't bite at all and still knows what "Ouch!" means!

Anyway, training your pup not to bite is important in establishing boundaries that your dog will respect as he grows up. You will need to show him that biting you is not acceptable behavior. Be calm and consistent. By the way, I found a course quite helpful for me. You might like to refer: https://tinyurl.com/y5wzqo5b

And i don't know if you did this. Expose your pup to other dogs is also important because they teach each other. And introduce him to a variety of people at a young age to ensure he learns how to behave as well.
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