I would like you to forget the word 'aggression' and just know you have a normal reactive puppy. Who barks.
This is fixed by creating life experiences, training (good for you for being in classes) and continues socialization. Isolation in the crate is NOT adding to anything (but makes things easier for us cause the crate is their friend/trainer/experience.).
I have a 17 week old puppy myself so know what I'm talking about. Just this week she decided that BARKING at new dogs/people is the way to go (not all of them btw). It's not agression though. It's her trying out a new thing as her brain grows and personality expands. I'm not crating her more because of it.
I only crate at night, when no one is home during the day, and if I need a breather to get something done and the puppy is NOT helping
. Otherwise, I got a puppy and it's my job to spend the time with it to teach it, expose it to things, and guide her thru this new world while her baby brain is growing.
I'm carrying a pocket full of treats (mostly kibble
) as I type this and am constantly feeding them to her during the day. Constantly having teeny training sessions during the day. Mostly just loving on her and telling her how PERFECT she is during the day. And encouraging when she lies down and is calm with a toy on the many dog beds (one per room actually).
Have you had a chance to read thru this yet? -->Top Training Expectations for Puppies
specially the last part with the socialization.
We are currently taking puppy classes
First we have class. Then the pups all play. THEN I go out with Osin (my pups) brother Odin and his person (Sue) and we walk around at Petsmart for awhile. Or on the canal for awhile. Or last week we went to the local farmers market for about an hour. Saturday is for my puppy for now, and the more time I can spend with her now, the less problems will rear their head later on.