(Closed) Is my new puppy aggressive? Help!

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It just sounds like your pup is trying to be the the alpha of the pack, and you need to show him that you are alpha, or the people of the house are the alpha.  You also need to show him what is and not his.  Make sure when he tries stealing something you have something of his (toy, bone) ready to give to him instantly.  When our pup would chew on things or try to steal our socks that is what we did, and he now knows what things are his, and what things are ours.

Post # 33
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@7-9-11bride:“We got a puppy because I wanted to make sure we raised it and was too paranoid to get a shelter dog not knowing their history.”

To bebunk this myth (because I work in rescue and feel the need to say this), some dogs are dumped because their owners moved, or lost their jobs.  So there could be a history that the owner reports.  Other groups rescue dogs FROM the pounds and then put them in their system like a foster home.  You could have looked for a dog from a rescue group that lived in a FOSTER HOME with other dogs and children.  You know the dog’s full size, temperament, energy level and personality.  Something you don’t know with a puppy.

Right now the puppy knows zilch for manners and commands.  He’s not going to know what come is, or NO is.  My puppy took 1 month to even know “Go potty?” and then another month to be housetrained.  He’s trying to establish his dominance with your current dog and the family.  He doesn’t know his ranking and opts for top dog.  He doesn’t know his place or what you expect of him.  KEEP THAT IN MIND.  You’ll have to train everything into him – including your expectations.

Read about Nothing in Life if Free.  It’s how to establish that YOU are the pack leader and not him.  Beacuse you hav a child, you’re going to ahve to be on double duty.  Never let them unsupervised.


I also recommend dog training books like The Monks of New Skete.

If all else fails, try a behaviorist in your home.

Excellent pet tips!

I also recommend a crate to speed along the house-breaking process and for him to have his own little safe spot.  Crates are wonderful.  He’s not trained to never chew at this point.  You have not seen it consistenly enough to allow him to be trusted.  You don’t want him getting something bad either.

Never pin down a puppy to punish him, never correct something he’s done hours ago, never do an alpha roll over either.

Post # 34
1947 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Everything  @sienna76 said!  

People want to get puppies because they think they are getting a clean slate.  But that’s only partially true.  You have a mixed breed puppy.  There is nothing wrong with mixes, by any means, BUT responsible breeders don’t breed mixes.  So you have to keep in mind that they may or may not have given any consideration to the dogs they were breeding before they mated them. On another message board, I read about a lady who was PROUD of the fact that her rotti bitch was pregnant with her GSD’s puppies, and had no plans to get either of them fixed, despite the fact that the GSD had bitten four different people.  Yeah, great temperment to be passing on.  Our dog was adopted from a rescue group, (we were supposed to foster him, but ended up adopting him ourselves).  We got him around age three, and he has a mob of children surrounding him daily at my mom’s daycare.  I’m not saying you should get rid of your puppy, (not by any means: you made the comittment to get a puppy, and now you need to keep that promise).  I’m just saying, for future reference or for others who may be reading, that shelter dogs shouldn’t be discounted just because they aren’t puppies, (AND there are LOTS of puppies in shelters, too), and because they have an “unknown history” (many shelter dogs actually have more known-history and temperment testing than puppies do.

Your puppy is a puppy, and he’s a mix of two very high energry breeds, so he is going to need a lot of physical AND mental stimulation to wear him out.  He’s also a BABY, and they don’t train themselves, so enroll in puppy kindergarten as soon as you are able, (most places require that they have at least their first shot series done).  Just like your daughter won’t learn to talk, read, and write without help, your puppy will not learn what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t unless you teach him.  So NILIF, (or other POSTIVE-REINFORCEMENT training, NO hitting or “alpha-rolls”, please), and puppy kindgergarten now, and then basic obedience as he gets older.  You may also want to look in to agility or flyball or other doggy-sports/activites, because again, you are going to have a very, high-energy dog for the next several years.

Puppies often times get a “puppy license” from other dogs, where an adult dog will be tolerant of behavior like humping and biting simply because they are a baby.  At some point, your dog may revoke his puppy license and stop tolerating his “crap” (so to speak).  Or she could be just a push-over like my dog, who will tolerate ALMOST anything from other dogs, no matter their age, (he will NOT tolerate behing humped by another dog and he will NOT give up his peanut-butter-filled-kong to another dog).  Also, keep in mind that puppies, and sometimes adult dogs, play very rough with each other.  My dog and his foster-dog sibilings, when we’ve had them, have all played roughly…barking, growling, chasing.  They learn bite-inhibition that way, and they have a lot of fun.  But they need to learn that you and your family aren’t okay to play with that way, (and NILIF and obedience classes will help with that).

Good luck, and congrats on your new family member!


Post # 35
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@FMM:Exactly what I was going to say!

Post # 37
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@7-9-11bride: I’ve noticed other dogs there also putting up with his humping so I think that’s true about him getting a free pass cuz he’s a baby, lol.

That is too funny. Puppies are so goofy sometimes. Again so glad everything is working out for you guys. 🙂

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