Im new to the chat rooms and a proud new owner of a Siberian Husky. She's our first dog and we have only had her one week. She is only ten weeks old and has some of the typical puppy characteristics that you would expect (chewing, whining, potty problems) but yesterday she did something that startled me.
She was into something I did not want her to be into so I told her no and tried to pick her up. She growled at me and tried to bite!! Startled, I pulled back and she got right back into what she was doing. I said "NO!" and tried to pull her back again...same reaction as before, she growled and tried to bite me!! Not just simple nipping, either. She was quite aggressive.
Up intill this point we have not had any problems with her in that sense. I notice that she is very strong willed and independent...can't seem to care less whether we are praising her or correcting her.
I love my new puppy and am not sure what to do! I have 3 children and I can't have a dog that Im afraid will bite them!! Can this be controlled or should I worry? Is that a common problem or is that going to be her personality to be aggressive like that? Please, any advice will be much appreciated!!
Sounds like a dominant puppy to me. You should have firmly held the puppy down with your hand and said NO!! in a mean voice to let it know your boss and put it in its crate untill it decides to play nice.If it went back to the same wrong action then you shouid correct again. I find it easier to put a leash on a pup and MAKE it go everywhere with you so you can correct bad behavior before it starts. Dont let it get away with aggressive behavior or you'll have your hands full when its older. Do some reading on dog behavior and training techniqes.
Is the dog injured? That also could be it. It could be just that being picked up is scary. So sometimes Discpline is not the best route. I Doubt a ten week old puppy is exerting her dominace. being picked up for dogs is not comfortabel endeavor. I would not panic, that only brings on over reaction. I would not provoke the pup any more and of i had to pick the dog up. i would let chew on a chew while i lift it off the ground.
When your puppy does that, try to get her away with something she likes. Just start training, when you call her name give her come cheese or meat. Every time you want her to come, give her something REALLY likes.
Start training intensely. All you need to do is really make her listen to you. Start her in some classes.
Ok here's the thing. Any time your dog growls at you and you back down, you let the puppy 'win' and greatly increase t he chance that it will happen again. Because what hvae you just done? The pup growled. Bared its teeth. Threatened bite.. and you backed down. THe puppy thinks, "Oh! It worked.. now I know I can do it again and again when I dont' want to quit playing with stuff." This is a recipe for disaster. With this kind of behavior, I don't care about the age of the puppy, they most certainly can show dominance related behavior at such young ages, and you need to nip it in the bud, pardon the pun. I've seen 8 week old puppies possessive about food and toys, this isnt any different.
And I think by offering the puppy something it likes, a treat, or a toy when you see the behavior, you may actually reinforce the behavior by the dog thinking, "Oh if I act like this I get even MORE Of what I want!"
Keep the pup on a leash at all times in the house. This will give you more control while greatly reducing the risk of your being bitten. If it gets into anything, immediately say "No" or "Wrong" very firmly, in a growly voice if you want, and give a quick leash jerk and lead it away from the object. Then take it to an acceptable toy, give it the toy and praise when it takes the toy.
Your puppy is wrong but it sounds like it can already benefit from certain beginners obedience lessons or puppy classes. See if you can find any in your area. And since this is your first puppy, mayI reccomend the book "Puppies for dummies"? It's a great book tons of valuable information for new and old dog owners.
Finally, siberian huskies are very veyr energetic dogs. Make sure your puppy is geting a LOT of play time to wear off that energy.
And I dont use the crate for punishment but i do use it when i cant supervise my puppy. I use it as a training tool and my puppy loves his crate. He goes in it on his own when hes tired or just wants to chew his favorite toy.So I assumed if you couldnt keep him from chewing on your shirt every time you turned around,then putting him in his crate would keep him from it.
This could very well be a problem that something was not done on the breeders end. If the breeder did not pet and the pups when they were eating, this would be a new thing for your puppy and it may think you were goin to take the "food" away and "eat" it yourself. Or take away his toy and then play with it yourself.
It could also be a learned behavior from being around your home.
I breed huskies, these dogs are strictly pack animals and they want to establish the pack order. So if you let them win they are going to have the run of the house and you are not going to be the "alpha male" or "alpha female."
When I have my puppies started on puppy food, I always pet them and put my hands around their "chest". I know some of my pups will go to homes with young kids, and kids tend to pester the animals when they are eating. I don't want any of my puppies to turn mean when they are eating. I also know kids sometimes don't know how to play nice with dogs therefore I let my 3 yr old daughter in to play with them at least 3 times a day so they get used to the high pitched, screaming, and giggling of a kid. This is the way I get mine used to kids, and playing nice in general.
Make sure you NEVER BACK DOWN from your dog or they will think they are the alpha, and then you are going to have a problem. Stay strict and firm with your puppy, just never raise your hand in anger to the dog.
Good luck with your husky! And stay the Alpha of the pack and you should be okay.
If you come across any concerns, etc. there are a few of us on this forum that own huskies that would be more than willing to help you out.
Now that you are past the initial shock, listen to Minn, put that pup on a leash and find a socilization and obedaince class.
I chase my puppies down pick them up and smother htem with cuddles and kisses at random points. They are now six weeks old and LOVE it and chase me down begging to be next on the pick up kiss smother list.
But they have to learn that. At a week old they hated to be picked up, they didnt understand, and they screamed.
Anyway this is to say that behaviors are learned. Picking a dog up is a learned thing, its not normal. Everything your puppy learns, is new and your puppy is going to act like a dog and try tot ake advantage of the situation. Thats a very normal reaction, your dog does not yet respect you, so time for you to step upt o the plate.
Also look into Nothing in Life is Free its an easy at home training program.
I second the advice to check out Nothing In Life Is Free training. It's a really great way to get a handle on this situation now, and get your dog under your control rather than it's own. A few links for it are:
Get this puppy into a class (with everyone in the family involved. To avoid actually handling the dog in that kind of situation, leave a leash on the dog in the house, gate the puppy to one room for now. Instead of feeding his meals always in a bowl, start hand feeding, but makeing the little bum work for evey kibble, thats where the classes will come into play.