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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures, and a question about an angry puppy!

I'm obsessed with taking pictures of Roscoe. He's just so cute! Thought I'd share some photos!! He's going to be 3 months old tomorrow.

He loves going on car rides.


He loves it so much, he wants to learn how to drive!


Enjoying the beautiful weather


Roscoe hates it when I put his snuggie on him LOL.


We took a trip and it was super hot out. I gave him a cold water bottle and he started to cuddle with it. Cutest thing I've ever seen.


I love him so much





My question- today I was playing with him in my backyard and running around. I tried to pick him up but he kept running away so I kept trying to approach him but then he started to growl, bark then attacked me! Like literally nipping at my leg and it hurt! It seemed like he was really angry I tried to tell him NO but that seemed to upset him even more. I was shocked because he has never done this to me before. can anyone tell me why? It didn't seem like he was just being playful. I don't want this behavior to get worse as he get's older, anyone have any advice for me?

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My question- today I was playing with him in my backyard and running around. I tried to pick him up but he kept running away so I kept trying to approach him but then he started to growl, bark then attacked me! Like literally nipping at my leg and it hurt! It seemed like he was really angry I tried to tell him NO but that seemed to upset him even more. I was shocked because he has never done this to me before. can anyone tell me why? It didn't seem like he was just being playful. I don't want this behavior to get worse as he get's older, anyone have any advice for me?[/QUOTE]


It's tough to know exactly what might be going on here. Sometimes even though you are "playing", your dog might not see it that way. You may actually look threatening to him. A lot can depend on how well he's used to being handled. Sometimes it can be something simply like them not wanting to be picked up, because generally that can mean the end of play time. . Make picking him up something good, example more play and don't punish by scolding "no" for his growling. Get him chasing you and reward him for doing so.

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TOOO CUTE!

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Cute pics and cute dog!!

In my research on the Havanese breed, I did come across this on Wikipedia:

"Some individuals do have a peculiar trait called "run-like-hell". It is a primeval manic attack where, after a walk, or play time, they will start to growl and hiss and make other gutteral sounds, and then start racing to-n-fro, stop, growl and bare their teeth at their owner. Just as suddenly as it appears, it ends and the dog quickly returns to its friendly character."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havanese

Not sure if that was what Roscoe was doing, but sounds like it?
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Yes, Cassie does it too, and it seems like she is really mad, but I know she is really just playing. She has never bitten me in real anger, and I have been around dogs all my life and know the difference. I've seen her suddenly go from the chase me game to half crazed hyper, but it ends very quickly. I think it's like they get an adrenalin rush and can't control it. I usually know not to work her into a frenzy, so it doesn't happen often. To end it, I will either walk away, or pick her up/hold her and calmly talk to her for a few seconds until she calms down. RLH is different and she usually stops as soon as she coughs and is tired out.

My suggestion would be to not encourage it, by letting the dog know you won't accept the behavior, and stop playing as soon as it happens.
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Maybe he's mad because you won't let him drive. :-D
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thanks For the advice I'll definitely try that !
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Roscoe is so cute!

I would note what occurred or is occurring when he "attacks."

Louis will get rowdy and "growly" with my sister but he is wagging his tail and running back and forth and he play bites. I know that he is playing, although he sounds like he will bite.

My husband's friend visited and for SOME REASON men just HAVE to pick up little dogs. I guess it makes them feel manly to conquer the beast. Louis is shy and hates being picked up. He dislikes strangers, especially strange men. My husband's friend after several tries of trying to pick up Louis, suddenly laid down on the floor trying to coax Louis over. Louis did a low growl and approached cautiously. I can't remember if his tail was wagging or not, but I was watching his mouth to see if it would indicate a bite. I kept telling him to stop bothering Louis because he may bite him.

My cat likes to bat at my baggy pajama pants until he latches onto my leg and bites me. He just wants to play - maybe this is what Roscoe did?

Animals are strange creatures! They can't tell us what they want most of the time and they use their mouths like how we use our hands.

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Awww, he is so cute!

Sometimes over stimulation can cause a dog to act out/act strangely. Not all dogs can handle a lot of things going on around them... on a walk, there is so much to see, smell, hear, etc. Anyway, I have found a squirt gun to be the most amazing training tool for negative behavior correction in small dogs (Gilbert, at 11 weeks old hasn't "nipped" again after just two days of squirt correctioning). However, if your dog's behavior is at all fear based don't use this method.

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