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11-25-2014 11:59 AM
lokimonster Loki is a year old now and I'm happy to say that he has pretty much grown out of it! I think it was at 6 and 7 months that he dramatically improved to where this would happen maybe a few times a month. Now that he is a year old, he is great! I think being mouthy and jumping at people is sort of how he naturally responds to overstimulation. So if he does have a situation where he gets really overstimulated, he sometimes will have a version of those little spaz attacks. He might jump up on me and bite at my sleeve but he bites softly and calms down easily.

These episodes for Loki were/are definitely always related to being overtired, over heated or overstimulated. So it helped to start being really aware of those things so I could stop the crazy attacks before they started

Trust me, it does get better! I think 12-16 weeks was the worst and things only got better from there.

I found this book extremely helpful, I should've read it sooner! Has a lot of great info and things to help develop self control and calmness in my crazy pup! I highly recommend it!
11-25-2014 09:34 AM
badbananas Update?? Just curious if they truly grow out of this stage or if it is a myth! I am in the land shark phase (12 weeks old now)! Some days are good. Some days are terrible. He is just lucky he is adorable with his giant ears.
07-25-2014 08:11 PM
onyx'girl I think playing tug helps this type of pup get out that need for oral exercise. You control the game, always, let the pup win often. Mix up tug with obedience commands and use it as the reward.
I know when pups are teething tug is put on hold or played more gently, so it may not be helpful when they are in that full blown teething stage. If the pup or young dog learns to carry a toy/ball it helps as well if you can't tug during the painful teething times.
Like Lucia posted, pups should learn to have quiet crate times and owners should be proactive to help them before they get overtired.
Crating/processing time after a training session is also very important(as important as the training!)
07-25-2014 07:55 PM
Jmoore728 My dog was a land shark. I'm not trying to hijack the thread. My 10 month old will still mouth me occasionally, especially when running around and playing in the yard. He will go for my arm when he approaches me at full speed...He is only playing, but should I put a halt to this?
07-25-2014 02:30 PM
namvet4 Thanks for this thread everyone! Sarge - "Sergeant Major Bratt" - now almost 4 months old has started demonstrating the rapid run and tear around trying to bite. I had never seen this type of behavior and was getting concerned. Now I know that he will require more naps and rest time to discourage this type of behavior. He is active and loves to run the yard and play fetch. Now we will try and adjust the amount of time downwards and allow more for quiet time.
07-25-2014 02:13 PM
Benny Boo's Mommy Hey Lokimonster, I just found this thread of yours with the exact same behavior as my dog Ben! I can say he's one and a half and the "gatoring" as someone called it here, only happens once in a maybe once a month these days. He does seem to have to be "snapped out of it" like you say, with redirecting/commands.

We don't know if it would have happened more if he were younger bc he was already around 9mos old when we got him and he was pretty sick...two or three months or so of rehabilitating before he was a "normal" healthy dog.

I wonder if it's stress or something. He does nap a lot (sleeps on the floor all day), but it does happen at night. Let me know what has been working for you. We are trying the treat/command thing since Ben is food motivated.
05-28-2014 09:30 PM
carrieincolorado Chevelle only does this when I come home from work and she is in freak out mode that I am back... it's 90 seconds of crazed jumping and biting that I would give my left arm to make stop.. (and sometimes do!) and she just turned 8 months old..... still dealing with it..
05-28-2014 01:05 PM
lokimonster Thanks guys! I feel a lot better now! I'll make sure to focus on more scheduled nap times, and being patient lol... he has been crateless for the past couple weeks since he grew out of his old one. Just got a new one a few days ago that will make things a lot easier.
I sure am enjoying raising this crazy little pup, so different than other breeds I've had experience with!
05-27-2014 09:45 AM
Shade I had to schedule nap times for Delgado, I called him my energizer bunny with the fast recharge Patience and consistency and eventually it fades away and you'll realize you've gone a full week without a problem
05-27-2014 09:35 AM
DutchKarin I too have a dog with a Loki spirit... but I did not name him Loki. ;-) I think this is common for high drive protection breeds as well as others but especially the protection breeds it comes with biting. Tygo does it infrequently now that he is a year old, but it still can happpen, usually in the evening. He wants attention. Teach him a tug game and go for it for 5-10 minutes. That usually works for me. I incorporate a little obediance now in the tug to teach him to work in that high energy place. Start slow (in terms of adding obedience), be consistent and use time-outs.

This too shall pass. I'll let you know when. LOL
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