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Old 05-21-2015, 11:22 AM
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Super Aggressive Puppy

Hi everyone. I have a 12 week old puppy who is an absolute terror. Today he latched into me and I have 7 lacerations on my hands from him. We got him about 3 weeks ago and now he's being such a jerk. He bites me and only me, but he does it at random times. He bit me before when he was outside and I tried to pick him up to take him inside. He did it again today whenever he ran off with a toy. I walked after him and he dropped the toy, but then tried to hide behind the couch. I called him out and he came to me, but as soon as I tried to pick him up he bit me like crazy.

Now I'm keeping a leash on him so I don't even have to touch him, but this is getting ridiculous. He's in his crate right now, but I want to have a leash on him all the time now until he goes to sleep. He's completely fine until I try to crate him. He's usually fine if he's near his crate, but if he's in another room then he snaps. I've tried to lure him closer to the crate by playing with him, but he's smart and stays away. Now the only way I can crate him is by putting a slip leash on him and pulling him towards his crate. He's fine with going in since I'm crate training him, but I don't know what to do to prevent him from biting me. He will go in the crate on command, but if he's in another room (whether I give the "crate" command or not) then he tries to snap at me.

I'm unsure if this is dominance aggression or not. He tries to mount me and my mother and he jumps up on us constantly (we're breaking that too). He used to be food and toy aggressive when we first got him and he used to snap at my face (and he's bit me several times in the face whether I'm sitting or I pick him up). e're training him, but now there's an increase in his aggression. What can I do for this little terror? I'm so lost ...

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Old 05-21-2015, 03:31 PM
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Hi LittleTerror,

So glad that you found this forum. Welcome!

First of all, what techniques are you currently using to train your new puppy?

Second, I'd like to recommend that you watch kikopup's videos on youtube. Kikopup has a great set a videos just for new puppy owners.
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Puppies bite. He may not have learned bite inhibition from his littermates. This has nothing to do with dominance aggression. Some puppies are mouthy and some aren't. Don't take it personally. He's either trying to stop you from doing something he dislikes (picking him up and putting your face close to his face) or he's just being a puppy and using those sharp little teeth like he would with another dog.

It's good that you stopped picking him up. Many dogs don't like to be picked up as it makes them feel unsafe.

I'd suggest you get into a good puppy class taught by someone who does not use or recommend physical corrections.

Try rewarding behavior you want to see repeated. Puppies have no concept of how to act in our world. You have to gently teach him. When you use the term "breaking" to mean you're stopping behavior you don't like, it sounds harsh. I know it's often just a matter of semantics but I like to think of it as teaching a pup how to behave, rather than breaking them.

Mounting behavior is very common in puppies. It has no deep meaning most of the time. It can often be a sign of a puppy or adult dog that is over aroused from play. I don't mean aroused in a sexual way but aroused with playing wildly.

Look up crate games. Having to drag him into his crate may be possible now but wouldn't you prefer he go happily and willingly into his crate when he and you need a rest from each other? A dog that loves his crate is a blessing for his entire life. You may create a dog who refuses to get in his create at some point. Make the crate fun and a safe place.

Kikopup is a great place to start, as Susan suggested. You might also get Dr. Sophia Yin's book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days.

If you've been using physical corrections to stop him from biting you or the other behaviors you don't want, you could very well be creating an aggressive dog. Slow down and do some reading in the behavior and training section and the puppy section. You'll get through this stage.
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Hi LittleTerror,

So glad that you found this forum. Welcome!

First of all, what techniques are you currently using to train your new puppy?

Second, I'd like to recommend that you watch kikopup's videos on youtube. Kikopup has a great set a videos just for new puppy owners.
I was training him with a three-strike rule. If he bites, I say "no" firmly then redirect him with a toy. If he does it again then I walk away. Third time he goes into his crate. The problem was he would bite me if I tried to put him in his crate.

I have watched some of her videos. Now I am petting him calmly and it makes a world of difference. If he bites me, I say "ah-ah" and I get up and walk away.

I also don't pick him up anymore. I make kissing noises and have him follow me, then I throw a treat into his crate and say "crate" as he runs in. He tried to bite me again today, but I walked away an he followed me then sat down by my feet.

He's definitely doing much better today and I realize that as I let myself calm down (not get anxious about his behavior) then he calms down as well.

Now I just have to break him of leash biting. He's already chewed through the leash.
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I was training him with a three-strike rule. If he bites, I say "no" firmly then redirect him with a toy. If he does it again then I walk away. Third time he goes into his crate. The problem was he would bite me if I tried to put him in his crate.

I have watched some of her videos. Now I am petting him calmly and it makes a world of difference. If he bites me, I say "ah-ah" and I get up and walk away.

I also don't pick him up anymore. I make kissing noises and have him follow me, then I throw a treat into his crate and say "crate" as he runs in. He tried to bite me again today, but I walked away an he followed me then sat down by my feet.

He's definitely doing much better today and I realize that as I let myself calm down (not get anxious about his behavior) then he calms down as well.

Now I just have to break him of leash biting. He's already chewed through the leash.
Don't get discouraged - your pup will continue to mouth as that is what puppies do, especially when they are teething. You may want to invest in a rubber-type leash, or a leash that has something of a more sturdy material. You are doing great, and as long as you can keep in mind that this is just part of the puppy stage, you'll find it a lot easier to deal with these types of things.

And once your pup gets to their teenage years, we'll be here with a dry shoulder for you to cry on because s/he WILL drive you insane.
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Get a metal leash. He won't bite it for long. As soon as it becomes unrewarding, which is pretty much instantly, he'll stop.
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I think you'll find the resources in this thread very helpful:

https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...ipping-168082/

So glad to see that you are already making some progress.
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All puppies bite. Get a LOT of toys of different types and textures and when he goes for you, redirect and shove something that IS appropriate in his mouth.

Pax was a biter as a pup. I stated having the best success once I found a toy that somewhat resembled the texture of my hand!
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