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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure why, but Ted has crazy episodes sometimes that can be called nothing but aggressive. Its always when he is on leash and mostly in our backyard.For some reason he doesn't do it in the front yard. He will stop at nothing to wrap himself around my legs and bite and growl and bark. I always carry a stick for him to chew on or try and engage him in a come and sit (which he mastered quite easily) with treats to get his attention. I went over some of the other threads about aggressive behaviour and started to growl at him when he won't stop but tonight he wouldn't stop. He came with giardia and meds for it when we got him. Could this be affecting his behaviour at all? When Ted isn't in one of these moods, he's great. Soft mouthing and following me around everywhere. He cuddles in my hand when I carry him around. I have also started hand feeding him and limiting his toys that are out and only giving them to him when I decide he can have one. I have noticed that its usually happening when he is due for a poo. Anybody having the same type of craziness. This is not crazy time for sure. He is booked for training starting July 31 since I had to cancel his lessons when we got him because of the parasites. Ted is going to be a therapy dog. I need to nip this in the bud. He was born April 23rd so he is 11 weeks old.

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yeah Lise , the last thing you want to do is growl back. Not sure whether it would be health related. Probably just typical puppy biting and nipping. Here's some info on it. http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3249

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I thought the growling back was part of what I read from one of the breeders on one of the threads.Thanks for the above link, I have read that a few times now. Just so you know, I have brought up wonderfully behaved dogs in the past. My dogs were trained right away at a young age and grew up to be wonderful adults. I cant for the life of me remember any of them presentng themselves this aggressively while a pup. There was a lot of nipping and biting but not with the same fervor. If he hadn't had this darn parasite he would have had his second class already. I train with him everyday each time we go out and a few times in the house. I wish I could bring him out to more places but its not fair to other peoples dogs until i get the ok and he will get his 12 week shots also in another week. I will stop growling, although hes not convinced that I am anyhow! lol

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I thought the growling back was part of what I read from one of the breeders on one of the threads.Thanks for the above link, I have read that a few times now. Just so you know, I have brought up wonderfully behaved dogs in the past. My dogs were trained right away at a young age and grew up to be wonderful adults. I cant for the life of me remember any of them presentng themselves this aggressively while a pup. There was a lot of nipping and biting but not with the same fervor. If he hadn't had this darn parasite he would have had his second class already. I train with him everyday each time we go out and a few times in the house. I wish I could bring him out to more places but its not fair to other peoples dogs until i get the ok and he will get his 12 week shots also in another week. I will stop growling, although hes not convinced that I am anyhow! lol
Growling at dogs gets you bit. Who knows whether the health concerns are over with. Health issues can cause aggressive actions. Keep in mind every dog is different. Some hardly ever nip. And that' s not a good thing either. Especially with humans . You want a dog to nip to a degree so you can help teach him human bite inhibition. Talk to your trainer. I'm sure they will tell you it's not OK to growl at him, if they do find another trainer.

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Growling is good. Myth no. 8 http://4pawsu.com/k9myths.html

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Your puppy is only 11 weeks old, many puppy's nip and bite, just as children they try to push the limits, you just need to gently redirect your puppy or ignore your puppy and walk away. Each dog is different and each breed is different. No growling or staring, it is just puppy play, it's early days and you can gently redirect this in a short time.

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As I said above, I won't growl. |It was on a thread in this forum that it was recommended. Before yesterday when I read that, we were doing what the breeder had said and that was to say "ouch"and to do lots of mouth work which I have been doing. Ted is quite fine with me doing it. He has a very soft mouth 90% of the time. Its just that 10% when he goes a little crazy.My trainer uses only positive training with treats. The trainer never said anything to me about this. I haven't had a class yet. I will try the "tree" method tomorrow and continue with his training. He is not liking "down" so we are now working on "give a paw". I will leave the down to the trainer to teach us, so I get it right for Ted. I have gone through the above articles and will rered them a few more times. Thanks for the help. Ted and I will keep working at it til I can get him to the trainers.

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Keep working on it Lise , here is another article on biting . http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...ite-inhibition

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Thanks for that article too. I think I favorited them all when I first heard of Teds arrival. I went to the thread where all the info for new puppy owners was and read everything I could get my hands on. Maybe I have over done it! No, really, I think I have done a really good job with his expen and his crate. I think because of the heat, Ted himself has chosen for now to sleep in the kitchen which is fine with me. He is doing pretty well with potty training with any accidents being ours! We are both enjoying the process of training commands as Ted thoroughly loves to do anything for a treat. He actually comes right up to me the second he pees because he knows he's getting one! He was very good with my grandsons when they slept over the other night. I am hoping to introduce him to other dogs next week after his second shots and an ok from the vet rearasites I will keep working with him and be a "tree" when we are outside when this happens. I will make sure to turn around in the process. Thanks

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Lise you nailed it when you said " He is doing pretty well with potty training with any accidents being ours! " Exactly , dogs don't make mistakes. They only do what's natural for them. . Lise , you'll do fine. Your eagerness to learn will put you on firm ground. Love your enthusiasm.

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