Q&A-My Puppy is Aggressive
It’s true, some dog breeds are naturally more aggressive than others, however with a good upbringing and training, your dog can be raised to be a gentle dog, no matter what it’s breed is. Keep in mind it’s normal for puppies to nip and mouth, that’s how they explore and learn about their surrounding. It may get a little alarming when you puppy’s razor sharp teeth digs into your skin.Then you begin to ask “What should I do if my puppy is aggressive?”
Remember, puppies live to play, they may not be intentionally trying to hurt you but may not realize how “aggressive” their being, since their also still trying to learn bite inhibition. It is your job as a dog owner to help reinforce bite inhibition. Bite inhibition is the important lesson your puppy learns at a very young age.
My Puppy is Aggressive, What Should I do?-Learn More About Bite Inhibition
First things first, learn more about bite inhibition. They learn this lesson through play with their brothers and sister. If they bite too hard, they are socially isolated from play and if their the ones bitten, they can connect pain to biting. When they’re nursing and if they bite too hard, their mother walks away. This is how puppies are introduced to bite inhibition. That’s why it’s crucial to not take puppies away from their litter until at least after 8 weeks old. Even when they to their new home, biting inhibition still needs to be reconditioned by their owners.
My Puppy is Aggressive, What Should I do?- Control Playtime
What do puppies value most? They value play. They best way discipline a puppy would be to take away their playtime. If you’re puppy bites or nips at you, pretend to be hurt and walk away. Completely and utterly disengage yourself from your puppy for a couple minutes. This will teach your pup that if he uses teeth on you, then play time is over.When you’re giving your dog the cold shoulder, only do it for couple minutes, otherwise they may not forget WHY their getting punished.
My puppy is aggressive, what should I do? -Praise is Necessary
Praise your pup when their playing nice. Positive reinforcement when your puppy is on his best behavior will help teach your puppy that he doesn’t have to act “bad” to get your attention. Puppies love getting attention, you don’t want your dog to be confused between good attention and bad attention.
My Puppy is Aggressive, What Should I do?- Give Plenty of Physical Exercise
Making sure your puppy gets enough exercise will help prevent and future behavioral problems. Well exercised dogs are happy dogs. Take your puppy out to a pet friendly park so they can socialize with other dogs as well as other people. Plus, other dogs will make sure to let your puppy know that nipping and biting with their sharp little teeth is NOT acceptable.
My Puppy is Aggressive, What Should I do?-Give Calming Cues
Teach your dog sit and calm down commands. When your puppy gets out of control and becomes too excited, you can use these commands to help prevent them from nipping or biting.
My Puppy is Aggressive, What Should I do?-Pay Close Attention to Young Children and your Puppy
It is very very important to always supervise young children and your puppy. Young children are very unpredictable and may over stimulate a puppy. An over stimulated puppy left alone with a child could only lead to one thing, a child getting upset or overwhelmed by the overexcited nipping dog. An upset child may only worsen the situation and your puppy may chase or continue his “aggressive behavior”
Don’t forget puppies don’t really know any better. That’s why it’s important for dogs owner to teach their dogs about bite inhibition and calming cues to help prevent future aggressiveness that may worsen with time. Hopefully these tips will help stop aggressive puppy behaviors for you.