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Old 05-07-2014, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 10 week old GSD named Cooper. I'm having a dilemma trying to figure out it my pup's behavior is normal for its age or is something I should start rectifying immediately.

I understand my pup and the breed and have seen comical answers to questions like "My shepherd doesn't like to be held" and responses like Duh! He's a GSD, but at different times I've had to grab him by the scruff or hold him like a baby and my concern is that when either of those things are done he shows his teeth and growls.

I'm new to GSDs and have only had labs in the past. Is this a sign of aggression or just my pups way of figuring out the world.

I've interacted with his mom and dad and both were energetic and friendly.

I'm just wondering if this is normal or something that needs to be corrected?
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You're restraining him. He's not happy about it and telling you so.

Please read the puppy section. You'll learn a whole mess of information. Far as your puppy goes, why are you holding him like a baby or scruffing him?
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I have a 8 year old daughter that he likes to chomp down on. We taught her and her brother about bite inhibition and to yelp when he bites. He will stop for us but for my daughter he doesn't.

When I have him by the scruff I am supporting his body too. I'm not letting him hang there. If you pull on that part of him gently he lets out a whelp like he's being hurt.

As for being held like a baby. When I need to pick him up for any reason he likes to wiggle away and I don't want to drop him so to prevent it I hold him like a baby.
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definitely read the puppy section. His behavior is not unusual for the breed and he's typical for his age. Some pups are more stubborn than others about who they'll be more inhibited with when it comes to general behavior.

Remember well "A tired puppy is a good puppy". Look into getting him into some obedience classes when he's about 12-16 weeks old. Also make sure he's getting sufficient and appropriate for his age exercise. A tired puppy both mentally and physically is more likely to behave themselves, especially around children they view as playmates. They know there is an age difference between you and the kids. You are the strict enforcer while the kids are an engaging source of entertainment with just how they move and sound.
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My guy when he was little

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=3&theater

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQS3kORcP2s

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Even at a little over a year old now, he's still a barky pain in my butt but his attitude can be redirected easily to Shasta lol or a game of fetch.
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When Hans was little he was on leash, tethered to me, crated, or in an expen. He did not have access to my kids to use them as chew toys.
Now he is older and is their best buddy. But he had to mature and grow out of mouthy crazy pup behaviors before he had house freedom.
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When Hans was little he was on leash, tethered to me, crated, or in an expen. He did not have access to my kids to use them as chew toys.
Now he is older and is their best buddy. But he had to mature and grow out of mouthy crazy pup behaviors before he had house freedom.


that too. tethering is a good idea anyway because while your pup is still house training and learning what is allowed to chew on and what's not, at least tethered to you, they're not going far and you can correct more easily.
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