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Hi there,

My new fur baby is 12 weeks old today. I brought him home at 7 weeks. When we first brought him home he was quite the land shark. We have been able to almost completely stop the bad mouthing habit and he does understand "leave it" when he is biting at something he should not be.

However, he is still very aggressive with his mouth when he is frustrated or angry. When I move his body to show him a command (off I move his front legs from the couch etc.) Or he won't come in the house so I either pick him up or push him forward he will turn and aggressively snap at me. Depending on how angry he is the contact ranges from no contact at all and it just being a motion towards me, to biting me. He never clamps on or fully bites. When it is at his most aggressive it is a very fast, but considerably hard nip.

For some background, he does know sit come, leave it, and outside. He is working on off, stay and being consistent on his leash. I am very concerned about this behavior since he is intentionally doing it and it does not seem to be just a bad puppy habit. I would like to correct it as soon as possible so he does not get worse with age.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

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My guess is physical contact gets him wired up and excited.If he is responsive to verbal cues than use your voice instead of touching him.Another tactic is to lure him with a toy to where you want him to be.He won't be done teething for three or four more months so have patience,figure out what triggers his excitement,then outsmart him.
 

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He’s still a baby. Instead of pushing him around, it would be better to have a leash on him to direct him where you want him to be. Also, pups should not be given the opportunity to disobey. Long line or leash, when you say come, you pull him toward you, no exceptions. He’s in the middle of teething, so he will be super mouthy until he is about six months old. Have lots of different toys to stuff in his mouth. Puppy is not angry, puppy wants to play!
He needs to know that you are the most fun thing in the world. It is too early to overwhelm him with commands...bond with him, play with him, and when he gets too wound up, crate him for a nice, long nap.
 

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Is he a Mal or a GSD? If this is a Malanois puppy, you might be interested in some Youtube videos by Stoney Dennis. He has a lot of good information about that breed and how to deal with their particular tendencies and personalities.

Actually, his videos are very helpful for any breed, in my opinion.
 

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I just wouldn't go hands on with him to "make" him do something. Teach positions with a treat lure. Escort him in from outside on a long line. Voila, no conflict.

Then teach him to be handled in a neutral way with positive reinforcement because you have to be able to handle him.
 

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He’s still a baby. Instead of pushing him around, it would be better to have a leash on him to direct him where you want him to be. Also, pups should not be given the opportunity to disobey. Long line or leash, when you say come, you pull him toward you, no exceptions. He’s in the middle of teething, so he will be super mouthy until he is about six months old. Have lots of different toys to stuff in his mouth. Puppy is not angry, puppy wants to play!
He needs to know that you are the most fun thing in the world. It is too early to overwhelm him with commands...bond with him, play with him, and when he gets too wound up, crate him for a nice, long nap.
I have heard the leash idea several times, I am going to stat that going forward! What age donyou thimk is an appropriate time to start working on commands?

Thanks for your advice! Apprecaite all the help :)
 

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I have heard the leash idea several times, I am going to stat that going forward! What age donyou thimk is an appropriate time to start working on commands?

Thanks for your advice! Apprecaite all the help :)
No reason not to train, I just would do it with a food lure that you can later transfer to a hand signal with reward once behavior is complete. You could look up Michael Ellis videos for some tips on using food. For puppies I like things to be really simple, fun, immediately rewarding.
 

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Is he a Mal or a GSD? If this is a Malanois puppy, you might be interested in some Youtube videos by Stoney Dennis. He has a lot of good information about that breed and how to deal with their particular tendencies and personalities.

Actually, his videos are very helpful for any breed, in my opinion.
Hes a GSD he is just losing his puppy coat so his color is changing. Here he is another photo at 8 weeks
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Thank you everyone for taking the time to provide feedback! It really helps, most of all is reassuring that this phase will pass with training and time :D
 

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Hes a GSD he is just losing his puppy coat so his color is changing. Here he is another photo at 8 weeks View attachment 556702
Looks and sounds like my female puppy. Very snappy and catches me with her teeth even after petting. I probably play too rough with her but with play or food she gets very amped up and will nip a lot, I have a lot of scratch marks of my hands, my pup is 4.5months now, had a tooth fall out the other day. She's a mix of czech, East and ddr Lines.
 

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