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Going Gremlin

Why does my Buddha go from being such a sweet puppy to acting like a gremlin? He does this every so often he acts like he wants to play and so I get a toy or something and he starts going crazy jumping around and snarling and trying to bite my hands? I'm sure my laughing at him only keeps it going but does anyone else have this happen. I only laugh and try to get him to stop for so long then I pick him up and put him in a chair and tell him "no bite" and he calms down but it's like he can't help himself. He used to do it more often and we actually call it Going Gremlin.





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Sounds like RLH (run like hell) and is typical Havanese behavior. If you do a search of the forum, there are some cute videos. Some just run around maniacally and some do it with the growling and snarling you are describing. It's my favorite time of day
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Sounds like RLH (run like hell) and is typical Havanese behavior. If you do a search of the forum, there are some cute videos. Some just run around maniacally and some do it with the growling and snarling you are describing. It's my favorite time of day
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Is that so? it does seem like he just can't help it. I'm kind of glad to hear that as it is so funny. I'll have to look for those videos. I guess I can stop worrying about it and just let him get it out.
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wow he is uber adorable!!!


yeah, I'm gonna need a video to believe it, lol.
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wow he is uber adorable!!!


yeah, I'm gonna need a video to believe it, lol.
Thank you. I'll have to see if I can get a video. It seems to come out of nowhere and it turns into complete chaos. I was trying to hold him down but lord is was like wrestling a tiny wiggly snarling beast.
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he is such a little doll!!!

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such a cutie!

ditto on the video!! would love to see him "going gremlin".

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Yep, I have gremlins too. Timmy gets a little crazy when we're almost done our morning walk when he tries to play with Mae and they're both on leashes. Mae is more inconsistent with her gremlin behavior which I think comes from being a puppy. When she does attack my hand or arm I pull it in my sleeve so she doesn't get any skin contact. I like to use this time to reinforce "no bite" when I do let her have access to my bare hand. I also love the command "kisses" which both my guys have down very well. Buddha is just the cutest, enjoy your puppy time it goes way too fast!

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He will eventually learn to control the biting portion of the game. Whenever teeth touch skin, make a high pitched yelp and withdraw from play. But otherwise the game is just play. They do sound "bigger' and "meaner" than they are. That's part of what makes it so funny!

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You are just the substitute for his siblings. Puppies go crazy on each other, at least that's my experience. He's just having great fun. Just watch your fingers LOL


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