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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Wits end...

My puppy is 4 months old, up until the last week she's always been super nice and lovey on everyone. However, recently shes been aggressive and unruly. She stopped responding to all commands, (sit, wait, leave it, and come) and instead runs away hides. She then proceeds to bite, not nip like she used to, and draw blood on both myself and my roommate. We always take a half mile walk down to our local park and play for a good 3 hours a day before noon. I pull her water around 7 and take her out every half hour until her bedtime at 9. I take her out once more around 2 a.m. and yet somehow she's been waking up soaking yet in an inch of urine.

I need some much appreciated help and advise as to what could be causing this kind of behavior, and ways to prevent the kennel flooding. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 10:43 AM
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As she grows up she will become more active.

I would up her amount of both physical and mental exercise.

Redirect her with a toy when she goes to bite you.

As for the peeing, how large is her crate? She should only have enough room to turn around and lay down any more room than that and she will pee in there. Also, if she can't hold it that long you may need to take her out twice in the night instead of only one time. Maybe take her out at 1am and then out again at 5am.


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My experience is that mouthing is the worst at 4 months-ish...which is how old my new baby is too. Redirect to appropriate chew toys when she mouths/nips you, hold her muzzle and say "no bite".

That's weird about the crate--I've never experienced that. Has she seen a vet about potential problems related to that?

I would say on the training issues, stay fun and stay consistent. The "NILF"--nothing in life is free for treats, going out, coming in, food etc. also helps with the stubborness in my experience. My 4 month old has even learned which of the 4 of us in the family require obedience for treats like food and fun. He listens to me FAR more than anyone else and I started with NILF right away when we got him on Saturday.

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Get her into a training club or class so you two can learn together. Look for something you can get involved with like a walking group or something more relaxed too. Lots more exercise is going to help. 4 months is just a wee baby, she needs lots of guidance.

Some dogs take longer to potty train than others... Make sure her crate is the right size and set her up for success. If she needs more potty breaks, then give her them and lots of praise and reward when she does the right thing.

Of course if you think something is medically wrong because of the urinating, a trip to the vet is in order.

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She may have a urinary tract infection and can't hold it. Use a ladle to get a sample and have the vet check it.

Otherwise you may just need to backtrack and make sure you haven't skipped any of the necessary steps of crate training, or just back up as a reminder --> What is crate training (why put my puppy in a cage?)

How are the puppy classes going? Are you using positive training methods or mostly punishment because it appears alot of avoidance had cropped up? How is the engagement training going? Has you puppy learned more than 20 tricks yet?

Click this ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

The reason it's so good we do the research before getting a particular breed is so we are prepared for any issues and challenges that particular breed may bring to us! For GSD puppies, it's the PLAY biting and blood that causes. For a refresher you should go to the sticky we have set up ---> Puppy biting... Hints and tips to help

Good luck! Sounds to me like you got a GSD puppy!


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She's probably teething right now.

Try tiring her out mentally, scent work is a great way to do this, as well as obedience training.

I'd maybe have the vet do a urinalysis to make sure there isn't a health reason for the peeing.
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We have a trip to the vet planned for tomorrow as part of her bi-monthly check ups, I planned on asking the vet about the urine. As far as the crate goes it may be a tad bit too big. It used to be my old rotty Roxie's from when I first brought her home when she was 3 months. When she pee's in it she sometimes will lick it up but for the most part she lays in it and covers herself (no joke) from head to tail in it.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 03:06 AM
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Please don't worry, our pup is 17 weeks and has completely mental days and angelic days. The nipping is getting better as we ignore her when she starts. If she carries on she gets separated from us ( put In the kitchen and baby gate shut) which she hates. We let her back in after a minute and ignore her again. She does sulk but knows it not acceptable and the message is getting through. The adult teeth are also coming through now and our girl is constantly chewing her toys etc so maybe your baby has sore gums too. She also started to ignore her recall, so she went back on the long lead for a few weeks and training started again. I know how you feel but keep up with the training and go back to basics, they are like petulant children! 😉

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