I have an eight week old male Rotty pup that I have had since he was six weeks old. I am starting to notice that at certain times he will snap and growl at me, like if I take away things he should not have or sometimes when I pick him up. He is constantly nawing on me. I know mouthing is a normal puppy behavior I am just worried about aggresion. I am going to start him in obedience classes as soon as I can. He knows sit and lie down already though.Does anyone have some advise? thanx:}
Scruffing is a correction that if done correctly will work quickly in solving problems in puppies and very young dogs. There are a couple of little variations but the whole idea of using it is to correct, not punish, hurt, or injure. With one quick motion reach down and firmly grab the skin on the back of the neck while saying NO and give a little shake. Not an exaggerated shake, more like a hard twitch. You should see an immediate reaction from the puppy. It should stop the behavior and you will feel the tension in the puppies body go limp. You then release the puppy and say "good dog" in a normal calm voice. This whole correction should only take a couple of seconds. If the puppy fights you, you are not being firm enough. This correction is the same correction the mother would give a pup. It's quick, it's firm, and there is no misunderstanding that it is serious.
rotties are a very dominant breed. if he is snapping at you and growling at you when you take things from him that is not normal puppy mouthing. unfortunately you got him a little young. at 6 weeks they are learning bite inhibition from their littermates. thats when they learn how hard to bite and start showing who is dominant in the litter. i imagine he is testing the waters with you as he would have done with his littermates. a scruff shake or the alpha roll can help to put him in his place. with the alpha roll just turn him on his back and hold him in that position until he stops squirming for at least 30 seconds. you don't want to be to rough though because if he thinks he may be in danger from you then he may start biting out of fear instead. just be firm enough so he gets the message. puppy classes a.s.a.p. are also in order now while he is still small enough to handle. when he becomes 70 lbs. you will have a harder time because he will be physically stronger.
I forgot to add in my previous post that rottweilers are vocal. You have to determine if its a grumble or a growl. They do tend to grumble alot. I am a rottweiler owner and my rottie grumbles at me all the time when he wants attention or we are playing.