Night all, I have an 11 month old Brittany. She is gorgeous. She is a biter. I have followed advice on this site, and she has improved greatly. She is not cured, but manageable. But.... She sometimes runs around the room like her bottom is on fire. Is this normal? She will climb onto the couch with me and my husband and growl. She barks, and tries to bite, with her hackles raised. She looks really fierce. Is this just a game I should ignore? Should I just walk away? Should I be worried about aggression issues? If I throw a toy for her, she will get distracted, but she also bites when I raise my arm to throw the toy. Her teeth have been bothering her lately, and my husband and I have to hand feed her meals sometimes. Could this be realted? Thanks in advance, M
this certainly does not sound like a game. as dogs get older they go thru an adolescent phase where they start to feel their oats so to speak and will start challenging thier owners for rank. they start testing the owners to figure out their hierarchy in the pack. it is completely unacceptable to allow a dog to bark,growl and bite. the more you aloow the higher she thinks she is in rank and then one day without realizing it she is alpha in the house and you have a big problem. you need to start being strict with her. make her work for everything she gets. make her sit and wait until you say its ok for her to eat. make her do something for a treat and get her into an obedience class asap. find an obedience instructor who also has a history in behavior modification. definitely do not allow her on the furniture. when you do you give her the signal she is of equal rank as you. take control now before it gets worse.
she's showing aggression toward you and you are in trouble. growling and biting and raising hackles are aggression. when you walk away you are telling her she is dominant and you are submissive. if you throw a toy that isn't dealing with the issue. agree with Scout, get to a good trainer who deals with aggression ASAP! this will only get worse. take above advice and "ground" her. make her work for everything. sit for attention. sit for food. sit before you talk to her. don't let her on the furniture. sit just to sit. don't let her sleep on your bed, it you do now. what is going on with her teeth? can you give details? i would take her to a vet for that. running around the room like her butt is on fire (great way to describe it) sounds like butt tucking, puppies just get bursts of energy and zoom around like that. nothing to worry about there. we call it "the zoomies."
Get her off the furniture, use a leash so you can address this quickly. Get a trainer/behaviorist that will come in to your home, in a class the trainer/behaviorist can't see the behavior. A dog trainer is a bit different than a Behaviorist. A trainer knows the steps to train a dog eg. sit, stay...., but isn't necessarily framiliar with aggression in the home, and how to deal with it. You need home management training. Shes not just a biter, shes in charge of the household, thats why shes a biter. As the boss she has the right to bite.
Well, there's a couple of possibilities. For one, she's 11 months old, and this could just be "rotten teenager" kind of stuff...acting out to get attention. But mostly, dogs do things for a reason, and the key is finding out the reason. Right? Okay. I would try beating her at her own game. 1. Do you have a crate? If not, get one. Sounds like this baby needs some limits. 2. It's possible that, like many kind folks, you're just being too nice. Firm, consistent limits are the order of the day here. In the next few months she's going to reach social maturity, when behaviours often intensify, so you really want to get this sorted out now. You need to decide what the limits are and be prepared to consistenly inforce them. 3. Exercise her. Dogs at this age have alot of energy they don't know what to do with. It's important for YOU to initiate the game, though, and not her. She needs to realize that YOU decide when it's play time. So, before she has the opportunity to get going in the evening like she has, get outside and throw the ball, or go for a run, or get a toy (never aggressive games like tug of war) and play with her. Use up some of that energy, and she might just surprise you. The one thing I would never tolerate is her mouth being anywhere on my body for ANY reason. That is a warning signal that she has some misconceptions about her place in the pecking order, and as she reaches social maturity, that could translate into very serious consequences. Good luck!