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Old 10-19-2013, 01:45 PM
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my 10 week old puppy tries to bite! help!

we have just gotten a puppy who is now 10 weeks old. i read online that your should look the puppy in the eyes until they look away as a sign of dominance. at the start it was ok, but now when i look at him he barks and tries to bite, he goes crazy. also when your rubbing him and he is wagging his tail, he tries to nibble, but when you pull your hand away and say no it is like he gets angry and kind of growls and goes for your hand. this behaviour seems to have only occured in the past few days. also he constantly tries to bite our pants and sometimes legs, when your push him away he just keeps coming back to your pants. this behaviour usually occurs when he has his crazy moments during the day. when he is calm he is so so good! are we doing something wrong? please help!
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You have a very normal puppy.... somewhat timid.

Look, I'll tell you first up, forget everything you have heard about needing to dominate your puppy. You are scaring the poo out of him. Locking eyes with him is a very intimidating thing to do.

Think of your puppy as a baby dog, not some sort of mysterious creature. He is much like a 2 year old child. Your mantra should be "would I treat my toddler like this?" if the answer is no, then don't do it to your puppy.

He is new to your home, alone and afraid, and now his human is doing frightening things to him.

Keep in mind a puppy is very orally oriented, just like a baby, so most of his chewing and mouthing is simply that same baby behavior.

Get yourself a couple of books so you don't ruin this puppy. If you continue to frighten him, he will grow up an aggressive fearful dog.

ALWAYS be gentle and non-scary to your puppy.
Talk nicely to him.
Make sure any time you touch him it is pleasant for him.
Do not shout at him or yank him by the leash.
He is a baby. Treat him as such.

Get some books.
Read some threads in the puppy section on this forum.
Don't watch Cesar Milan.
Don't listen to the dominance talk... you will ruin the pup.

Recommended books.
Amazon.com: puppy primer Amazon.com: puppy primer

Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog: Dr. Ian Dunbar: 9781577314554: Amazon.com: Books Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog: Dr. Ian Dunbar: 9781577314554: Amazon.com: Books


You need a crash course on puppy raising. It actually is not that easy, nor is it intuitive, and mostly the advice you get in popular culture is old fashioned and harmful. It's the equivalent of old advice that you must punish your children with a switch or belt. We know that not to be true now for human children. Same thing for puppies.
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Watch Kikopup on Youtube. She has a whole section of her channel dedicated to new pups, and it is brilliant. Its saving my sanity with my 9-week-old heeler.
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Ditto both.

Some more reading for you:
Sirius Dog Training (short to the point articles)
Dog Star Daily (articles, videos, and podcasts)

If you do a search in the Puppy Help section here, you will find lots of threads on mouthing/biting/everything else pups do, and find what you need.

Additionally, here are some videos that can help:
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...rticles-11426/

If you'd like to learn more about how/why dominance/pack theories are unfounded and harmful, check out the stickies in the dog training section on Dominance in Dogs, and Suppression/Fall Out/Shut Down.

And those books Tess recommended are great! IMO, the Puppy Primer is much more approachable for those who don't love reading than the second one. Both will get you off to a better start than you're heading.
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thank you guys, this really helped!
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