The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
Ok, deep breath.
He is a baby. There is no true aggression, no matter how it seems. Trust me.
Your pup is normal, and it sounds like you got a true "land shark". And trust me, they are tough.
Your pup is only 12 weeks. So even if you got him at 8 weeks, it's not long enough to extinguish behavior. Pick a method, redirection, grabbing his muzzle( which in my experience causes brattiness), cessation of interaction, and STICK TO IT. Nothing works the first time at this age. You have to be consistent, for weeks. This stage should start dissipating around 5-6 months. And it often gets worse before getting better. He will back talk and mouth at you and growl and lunge. It's normal.
I like redirection. Have toys everywhere. If he gets bitey, grab a toy and play with him. PRAISE him for playing. But not TOOO excitedly, keep his focus on the toy.
When they are babies, they get over tired. An overtired puppy is a force to reckoned with. When he gets stupid bitey and annoying, put him in his crate. Give him a chewey and make him take a nap. I used my crate a lot with my recent puppy.
As for the housebreaking. He should be in his crate. Take him out, if he does not do his business, he goes back in the crate for 20 minutes, then back out. Rinse, repeat. Until he does his business outside. When he does, make a party out if it. Pair a word ( potty, business, hurry up) and say it as he goes and reward it. He only gets "free" time in the house if he does his business outside. Otherwise he goes back into the crate until he does. Or he gets tethered to you.
You can do this!!!!
And Welcome to the forum. Pictures are required by the way. Cause I need puppy fix.
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