|10-02-2013 03:15 PM|
|10-02-2013 02:16 PM|
aggressive to my wife
our 3 year old GSD has started barking at my wife if she starts towards a room im in and my GSD is not. wont let her down the hall when im in the shower stuff like that. Does anyone have advice to stop this? thanks
|10-02-2013 02:14 PM|
Don't ask her to 'sit' at that point. (You starting impulse control) I use the word 'Aus'. When I say 'Aus' (clearly and with intent) game over. No grey area. I stop. I don't move. I don't nag. I don't repeat. I don't beg. I freeze - (like the game Red Light / Green Light) When the pup stops and turns it's focus back to me, I throw a wicked party!!!!! Whoo Hooo! Sometimes I'll jump around like an idiot. Treat if that makes your pup happy. And then start the game again, or do something different that your pup might like to do. Sometimes I'll relax a moment and give the pup a chance to de-energize and start sniffing around for something else to do. Then I'll start with the flirt pole again. I don't want my pup to second guess what my intentions are.
I also have 'Leave it' - I use that BEFORE the pup starts a behavior that I don't want. Goes over and sniffs a shoe..."Leave it!" and then provide one of it's toys to it.
So...puppy is in amp play mode. And you see it going to a place you don't want it to go - stop the game. Provide something else - but, stop the game. Use your commands so your pup knows exactly what it is you want. What YOUR intentions are. But - because it's a pup and has energy flowing through it's veins - make sure you give it something else to do - something that YOU want it to do.
|10-02-2013 01:04 PM|
[QUOTE=Nigel;4306194]Your not a dog, don't growl
Right? You'd be surprised how many people told me to do that. I get that and alpha roll her as advice. : / That's why i come here now and not to my friends.
|10-02-2013 01:02 PM|
|10-02-2013 12:57 PM|
|10-02-2013 10:55 AM|
When mine was 8 weeks old if I was holding him back or something like that he would hiss show teeth and struggle to get free. Biting happened sometimes too, he would put on a really good "I'M A WILD ANIMAL!" show. Ironically enough if he didn't show this behavior I wouldn't have picked him. Just keep holding the puppy let it bite and act like it is no big deal the puppy will calm down after it realizes what it is doing is futile and then you can let him go. They won't waste energy on ineffective strategies. The behavior is a strategy the pup learned with its litter mates you might just be seeing it now that the puppy is starting to feel comfortable with you.
You can't really do the ignore the bites strategy with a dog that is 16-17 weeks old though as they get older they are able to hurt you.
|10-02-2013 10:46 AM|
Your pup is a baby. It isn't being 'aggressive' it is exhibiting normal puppy behavior. It was amped up from play - they play very rough - when you attempted to remove it and stop the play, the pup was still in high gear, therefore, you became it's object of attention. Just like when your child was a baby and he/she would pick up a tonka toy and bop you in the head. Your child's intent wasn't to brain you, he/she was just playing.
Physical contact (holding her mouth shut) can only result in amping her up more.
Increase her exercise. Play lots of games with her and help her learn an 'off' switch. A flirt pole really helps. Get her amped up by playing with the flirt pole and when you notice her just starting to get tired, stop the play and give a command that to her will mean to stop. When she stops, reward and start the game again. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Once she learns the command you can stop the game anytime for training. Waiting till she's a bit tired in the beginning will help set her up to succeed.
When she gets to the point where you know that you aren't going to be able to keep your emotions in check, put her in her crate. Both of you take a breather.
|10-02-2013 02:13 AM|
|Nigel||Your not a dog, don't growl and separating the two pups when things start to get too wound up is the right thing to do. I remember separating mine and the mouth still going a mile a minute, then they would settle after a bit and look at me with that "oh it's you" look. Best to stay calm. We always used "not what I want" sternly, not sure why, something my wife started, but they seemed to understand it.|
|10-02-2013 01:59 AM|
|WendyV||I'd say number one for sure lol. Sometimes she does number 2 but this was different. She had been playing with the other puppy for quite a while then went into aggressive brat mode. Maybe she was over stimulated? I shouldn't have picked her up when she wanted to get to the other dog. That ticked her off. I probably should have stayed more calm but i was shocked, yelled Wrong! at her a couple time, tried to hold her mouth shut for a second which was probably a bad idea, then set her down and held her by the collar while my neighbor leashed her puppy and left the yard. . She got a time out on the patio. More of a time out for me because i was upset about it. I think i may have over reacted. I will know better next time. My friends keep telling me to growl at her and grab her by the scruff of the neck. : / That just doesn't sound right to me.|
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