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Old 06-27-2015, 01:11 AM
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Aggressive puppy when sleeping

Hello, I just got an 8 week old mixed puppy and she has been great. When we went to pick her up to go to bed she growled and tried snipping at us, she did this for a good 20 minutes while we tried to call her and coax her over but she just kept growling, we popped her nose and told her no but she just kept doing it. I have little ones at home and can't have her biting them if they accidentally wake her up. What do I do?? How do I break this??
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Hi HoustonWest,

Welcome to the Dog Forum and congrats on your new puppy! I'm so glad that you've found this forum. We have a lot of resources to share and hopefully can get your puppy off to the right start. There's a lot of information that I'd like to give you. Please keep asking questions as you read through it and watch the videos.

First off, I'd recommend these books:

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There's a wonderful trainer who has many youtube videos for the owners of new puppies. She goes by kikopup. Here's a link to get you started:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCwh...6FD559887E7EA4

Also, since you have children, reading through this thread will be tremendously helpful to you:

https://www.dogforum.com/general-dog-...s-dogs-115969/

Lastly, if you've been watching Cesar Milan, I'd strongly encourage you to stop doing so immediately. Getting dog advice from Cesar is like turning to the Kardashians for marriage and family advice. He's nothing more than a television personality. We can help you find much, much better sources of training information.

Wow, this is enough for one thread! I'll address your specific concerns next.
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Now, on to your specific concerns.

What you experienced is the puppy equivalent of a temper tantrum. It's extremely unlikely that your puppy is "aggressive." Instead, she was probably overstimulated and overtired. I know that it was a frustrating evening for you all. However, popping your puppy on the nose would be equivalent to slapping a toddler on the face for crying.

I know that growling can be alarming, but try to think of growling as your puppy trying desperately to communicate to you verbally that she was feeling really scared and uncomfortable. When you correct her for growling, you are setting her up to become a biter. This thread explains more:

https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...rowling-86338/

The better course of action would be to step back in the moment and try to figure out why your puppy is growling, i.e. what is making her feel so distressed, and then trying to remedy the situation. Again, imagine a day when you've hauled your toddler all around town all day and she's missed her nap. It's at the end of the day when she's likely to become hysterical, and that's when you remind yourself that next time you need to take her home and let her sleep than trying to run that last errand. The main problem with popping your puppy and other "corrections" is that you are teaching her to be frightened of you, and you're setting you and your puppy up for failure.

For sleeping, I'd highly suggest that you look into crate training. Here's another terrific thread:

https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...ning-faq-3974/

Remember that her crate should be her safe haven. Never force her into the crate or physically remove her from it. That will surely backfire. Once she learns to sleep in her crate and you've taught your children to never bother her in it, she'll be able to relax and you won't have to worry about her reacting badly if she's accidently awakened.

Again, I've given you a lot to study. Please come back and ask questions. There are a lot of wonderful people who can help you.
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the puppy was probably just overstimulated. many puppies, like young children. get like that when they overexcited. It's not aggressiveness...it's just a very tired puppy.so no need to make a monster out of a little baby animal.
some puppies do great with fix naptimes...usually a puppy is asleep during 20-22 hours of the day, so make sure the puppy gets enough sleep and don't overdo it with socialisation.
the most important socialisation at the moment is to bond with the family, a dog that trusts its family is more likely to also cope with new things better.
Also: a lot of dogs don't like to be carried around, so perhaps it's better to take the puppy on a leash and gently lead it towards the place you want it to be.

You got this dog, now your responsible to protect it from your children. when the dog has no close contact with you child, it can't bite the child...simple as that. A crate is good to give the dog a place the children are not allowed to go, so it can hide there from them, when it wants to.
I'm not a big fan of hurting dogs in general, but especially when they're meant to be family dogs.
your child could see what you did to the dog and also try to do it. even when the puppy now is relatively harmless...a child that hurts an adult dog can be in the danger of the dog hurt it too and the bigger dog the bigger the damage.
teach your child to be respectful towards animals....you don't have to hurt them to get them to do what you want.
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