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He bit me and drew blood
We've had the puppy for a few weeks, and he is still pretty young. Just FYI.
Today we were out shopping, so he was in his play pen. As soon as we got home I took him out for potty, as always, and brought him in the house. He was playing really rough with the kids and our other dog, so I thought it would be a good idea to get him involved with something a little more constructive, so we played tug of war with one of his rope toys. He was playing really nicely, so I got a treat and gave it to him, and I petted him and was going to tell him he's a good boy when he growled and snapped at me. Not playing, but aggressive. So I picked him up to put him in his pen and he bit me on my hand. It was hard enough to make it bleed pretty freely, and I ended up having to put a band aid on it. I still put him in his pen.
What do I do? He's never been aggressive before (well, not like this), in fact he's always been as sweet as pie. Lately he's getting more rough and tumble, and playing a bit rough with our older dog as well. What is the correct way to handle aggression? He is a sensitive little fellow, and seems to get sad when we tell him no, so I just put him in his playpen when he potties on the floor or behaves inappropriately. I feel like this is my fault somehow, like we must not be doing something right. He's really snatchy with treats, and when I give him one he kind of attacks to get it. I've gotten to where I just throw them on the ground for him.
He seems to have a very sweet, lovely personality, and I want to keep it that way. Any tips?