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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Did I just have a puppy alpha standoff?

There I was...taking an early evening walk to pick up some mail and before feeding Tuckie. While outside, we practiced some eye contact, some sitting, and some leash control. I was excited, because he is better paying attention to me outside. Plus, he pooped and pee'd! It was a beautiful early evening, until "it" happened.

I am not really sure what "it" was, but once we got to the door he was doing his usual sniffing around, but he was taking longer than normal and it was time to go in. He normally darts in the door, so I usually try and take the leash off as soon as we are in, as to not get caught in case he does his psycho merry-go-round run. This time, however, as the leash came off he was trying to go back outside. I of course blocked him from leaving and then he kinda snapped. He growled at me and nipped at my knee.

I of course reacted by yelling, "who the heck (G-rated) do you think you are" and grabbed his collar where he couldn't bite me and tried to get him to "sit," but he preferred to still try and bite me. Using one of the letters in my hand, I hit his nose and commanded, "SIT!!"

It was like I turned off a switch. There was no whimpering or anything (it's just a letter), but he immediately sat when told. Then "down," follow by "come" when I went into the kitchen. The drastic turn around caught me off guard. I ended playing with him for a couple of minutes, hoping I was rewarding his good behavior and not the bad. I then fed my little psycho pup.

After eating, he was found laying on my shoes, as the picture shows.

For the more experienced people, what in the world did I just go through with my pup? Was this a case of a pup being overtired? An alpha moment? Can dogs be schizophrenic? Hahah...no, seriously...can they?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 06:59 PM
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That baby isn't going alpha on you.

We weren't there, and have no idea why your puppy might have growled and nipped. My guess is that he wanted to play more, and puppies play by growling and nipping. So it sounds like he was a bit ramped up.

You squashed that with your letter. And then I think he tried to please and appease you.
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Sounds like he got the message. They don't pull that stuff off with their own parents after the puppy license has expired. I had a similar situation happen with a male pup in the pas. came inside and was greeeted with a punture wound by my 4 month old pup. I "reacted" in a reflex and it never happend again.
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Message received, I think. Next time he immediately shuts off his idiot behavior, I'd praise heavily for making the correct choice to stop and do what you asked the second you told him to.
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They seem to have a very selective memory. Thankfully they still look like cute pups, which helps them. You gotta love them, no matter what. Now that Deja is consistently obedient and reliable, I sometimes miss that crazy stage,.....but only sometimes.....
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I have come to the conclusion, that the only reason they are so cute as puppies is so they survive into adult hood.
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I have come to the conclusion, that the only reason they are so cute as puppies is so they survive into adult hood.
....and to get adopted. Who, in their right mind, would adopt an ugly land shark?
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I have come to the conclusion, that the only reason they are so cute as puppies is so they survive into adult hood.
Yeah, I think this stands true for all babies... even human ones I don't think my son would have survived his first sleepless year if it wasn't for the fact that he was so cute!
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I have come to the conclusion, that the only reason they are so cute as puppies is so they survive into adult hood.
aw, their cute as adults too.
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To the OP: is he still impressed by you, no biting still?
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