ive been reading the threads about growling, and that is where walters aggression began too. he started with food aggression, and then it progressed to toys, rawhides, and then whenever he was bothered.
recently he bit me and then my sister in the same week.
recently we sent him to a 2 week training program (hes doing well), but i was wondering if anyone elses pups have gotten to the point of biting or growling very often? and what did you do to help the behavior?
|Your pup is going through "growing pains" or adolesence. He will act out a lot. Actually he will probably go through this a phase again in a year or so.
There's a lot of information on this under various posts. Look up at the header. See the magnifying glass with the SEARCH feature. Tap on that. Then enter aggressive or aggressiveness. (or adolesence or growling).
I am going to do it and will come back with the seach results. I am going to search for the words contained within the posts, because most of us mislabel or do not use the SUBJECT line.
Below is a "quote" of what my search turned up. I found that if you enter Aggressive and puppy and growling it narrowed it down even more.
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Personally, when my pup went through this I reacted to her aggressivenees and disobedience the same as I would one of my 2-year old daughters. NO biting or growling (fussing with siblings for no reason) is allowed of either, and I disciplined them both with either an IMMEDIATE spanking or time-out, or reprimand and loss of priveledges. The way you handle it is of personal choice and depends on conditions; as long as it conveys the message never do this again it will work.
You never over-discipline or discipline becomes an attention that is better than no attention. That is, dogs and kids will misbehave to get punished if that is the only attention available.
This is a skill. A good obedience class will show you how the teacher has mastered the skill. You usually have to adapt it to your style in the end, because it is something that has to be done whenever it is needed consistently to get the point across that you are dominant and will remain so no matter what "stages" of life they (or you) are encountering.
Simple, but tricky.
We all have trouble from time to time. A lot of times, after being stern with the dog, behavioral problems just seem to clear up by themselves. Sometimes we find the dog was sick, had an infected ear or tooth, was losing its sight or hearing. All of these things will make anyone irritable and snappy.
Life wouldn't be so great if it wasn't for the "tricky" or "bad" times, so just hang in there. And keep trying.
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