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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-13-2018, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive Puppy?

I have an almost 4 month old male GSD, he bites and nips like all puppies do.. My problem is when we go for walks (not every walk, but most) he starts growling and then he lunges at my feet, ankles, legs whatever he can bite and bites hard while doing it and doesn't stop, it's like he's possessed! I have come back home bleeding every time trying to stop him.. I have know idea what's causing him to do this! Anyone have any ideas why this happens? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 12:55 AM
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As a 4 month old puppy it is highly unlikely he's showing aggression.

He's a puppy, he's teething, and he's a GSD. His behavior is normal, do not worry! You can give him a frozen Kong or maybe a flavored chew toy to help ease his discomfort. When my dog was teething I gave him lots of frozen treats, such as carrots, bananas, etc.

This site has great advice on how to teach your puppy to stop biting.
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It's not aggression. He is a puppy and is likely trying to engage you in play. Puppies explore their world with their mouths. You walk and your feet, legs and pants are like a fun moving tug toy right at their level. Add to that the teething between 4-6 months and you have a piranha on a leash.
It will get better. Try to engage your pup in eye contact with you while you are walking. Bring a tug toy or a ball on a rope with you on walks. If pup starts at your feet or pants distract with a command of "watch me" or "look" and when your pup looks at you reward with calm praise (good boy) and the toy and keep walking.
They do outgrow this "landshark" behavior.

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He is a puppy AND he is acting like a punk. It is normal, but doesn't have to be tolerated. Will he carry something in his mouth? Or maybe take a tug toy along to redirect him onto for play sessions during the walk. I don't tend to tolerate grabbing and tearing at my clothes beyond the little puppy stage and will either redirect or correct/redirect.

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Have you started any training with him? Perhaps enrolling in a puppy obedience class would be helpful. I don't think your pup is being aggressive, but I would want to get this under control before he gets any bigger. An experienced trainer should be able to teach you how to correct this behavior. I would give him a leash correction, then tell him to sit (or watch or some other command he knows) and praise him when he obeys. Repeat whenever he tries to grab at you.
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I can't believe I am saying this but perhaps a muzzle in this case might help.
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I don't believe a muzzle will do anything but frustrate him. I'm with the advice of having him carry a favorite toy and engaging him.
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Send him to me! I love the little demons!

Seriously, put a toy in his mouth. He needed to learn what is acceptable to bite. Your legs are moving targets which makes the FUN. Toy and hold the leash so he can't reach your legs.
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I used to carry a leather glove on a string to play with on walks. It became a reward for good behavior. Since we were in a rural wooded area we were always bringing home limbs. My big-boy who was just a little boy back then loved to RUN home with a huge limb. I could only run about a block but I tried to indulge him. He looked so proud, head high, chest out, stick bigger than he was.

Bottom line, use that desire to grab and tug and play to your advantage. When out walking find places to stop and play a little game of tug. Let him carry the toy. I suggest having a string on it so that when he drops it you don't have to circle back to pick it up.
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There is a reason why they call them land sharks. If you are out and forgot a toy or In an area where there is nothing to keep his mouth busy - obedience exercises help get them to redirect they are engaging with you in a controlled way and helps them use their brain again or their brain gets plugged back in. They do grow up fast and do become gentlemen!


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