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Aggressive biting and barking

I need some advice, even after reading the threads in the forums here. Lilly is 10 weeks old. She checked out perfectly by the vet. We love her more than anything.

I know puppies bite due to teething, but she bites everything all of the time. Fingers, toes, pant legs, shoe laces, shirts, boxes, papers, rugs, curtains, chairs, table legs, handles on the furniture, etc, etc, etc. We say "no" and move her back but she lunges and jumps get very aggressive. She play with her toys and we play with her. She is not cuddly or affectionate no matter what we do. The only time she stops biting and barking is when she is too tired and falls asleep. We tried Bitter No Chew but she likes it.

We used to watch our daughters's 2-1/2 year old Hav, Cleo, but now Lilly thinks she is a chew toy too. Cleo bore her teeth to Lilly the other day and it really scared me, so Cleo doesn't come over anymore.

I just need someone to tell me this is normal and that she will grow out of this. I had a Shepard growing up and he wasn't this aggressive.

Please help.
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welcome Frank. Sounds a little more than normal. Here's a good article.,http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3249

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It sounds as if you are ready for a puppy kindergarten class. Unfortunately, you are in the awful nippy stage. You will survive. There have been quite a few recent threads about this so you aren't alone.

You may want to bring Cleo back. Lily sounds as if she needs to be told to back off. That was all that Cleo was doing. That is normal dog interaction. Of course, if Lily doesn't get it and continues to pester Cleo, they would have to be separated but Cleo is not being a bad dog at all. Jack is about Cleo's age. My mom has an 11 month old Bearded Collie puppy that just doesn't stop playing. After about 2 hours, Jack starts to growl at her. He just wants her to leave him alone. Sometimes she does, sometimes he air-snaps at her. Then she goes away.

Good luck!!!

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I totally agree about bringing Cleo back. Often puppies learn from their canine adults the things we can never teach them.
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Thank you for the advice. I will book the class today and Cleo will be back next week. It is nice to know that Lilly isn't physcotic!


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Hi Frank, One thing I've learned is that these dogs have a big voice for their size. Big barks, big play growls, and it is a play growl, even if it sounds scary. Riley was with his siblings till 14 weeks so he learned a lot of bite inhibition from them. He will be 2 soon and I still have to treat him like a toddler because he will get into mischief if left unattended. And if any kind of paper or cardboard is left around. He was not cuddly as a pup either but around a year old he started wanting to sit on laps and now he is a real cuddle bug, so be patient about that. Raising a puppy is not easy. It had been about 16 years since our last puppy and I remember thinking "Oh Lord, What have I done?" It gets better, and it's worth it!

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