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Old 03-11-2014, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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König, 10 weeks old, is still pretty nippy but not too bad. Usually just catches your hand a little hard while playing or when giving him treats (working on the bite inhibition). When someone comes home he gets pretty excited, my brother and my mother know to tell him to sit, wait til he's calm.. THEN play with him. Then he does his thing, gets excited and tries to play.

But when my father, a very nonchalant character, comes home König will B-Line it to him and go straight for his pants and just keeps nipping at his pant legs Now, my father has little to no interest in König at this point.. so he hasn't played with him much, he doesnt train him like the rest of the family does. Just kind of ignores him. My cousin lived with us for 3 years and had two Morkies.. he didn't know their names after 3 years. I keep telling him that he wont be able to just IGNORE him when hes 80+ pounds. I had König sit once, and my father went to pet him for the FIRST time and König tried to nip at his hand. Hasn't tried to pet him since. Do you think this behavior is being driven out of Fear, dominance, excitement or aggression?
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At 10 weeks my vote is excitement and puppyness.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like Lark said, I'm thinking it's excitement because he is just 10 weeks old. I don't think it's fear because your puppy will not come close to your dad. Maybe he just sees your dad as a huge play toy because your dad doesn't do anything haha
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Excitement. They're toddlers at this age- they have zero impulse control. Patience and consistency is key.
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I agree with the above, AND, just wanted to say, I have found with all my dogs, they seem to be attracted to people who aren't interested in them if they come to the house. Like my MIL, she could care less about animals, and the dogs just bug her to death like they "know" "this person is not an animal person, but lets BUG THEM!" LOL
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We too often forget that dogs are the creatures driven by smells. You dog is a potential bully, and he reacts (most likely) on the smell your father exudes. If your father is a calm and confident man, it means he runs a strong hormonal flow your dog scents and it challenges him. Some young males bully old males of the pack or in the doggy park just for the sake of intimidating them. It is not serious, they are playing, just nasty. Something should put him off your father. Ask your dad to carry an orange or mandarine in his hand when he enters the house (or present it yourself to him when he comes in) to sit down and start peeling it. The majority of dogs hate citrus. I wouldn't advise to do anything else, your father shouldn't try to shoo your dog away, because that one will understand it as a part of a play.
You yourself are doing right thing, ask him to perform more on command before he's thoroughly fondled.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think that dogs seem to be more attracted to people that ignorem them, because they are not threatened by them. I think a lot of our dogs are aloof or even shy to an extent, and those people that come in and immediately fawn all over the dog, send the dog into canine stress that manifests itself in different ways depending on the dog.

Most dogs are far more comfortable around people who act like they don't exist. The dog is not the center of attention, and therefore he is perfectly ok with you.

Your pup seems to be going a step further than just sitting calmly and staying near the non-threatening person. Your dog seems to want to engage your father in play.

What happens when you grab your dog's tug or toy and start playing with him when he does this?

I think I would try to divert him from chewing on your dad's pant legs. If necessary , Eh! and Leave Papa! and divert him to something else.
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