Ok, so my family and I had discussed getting a dog. My 5 year old son wanted one very badly. One day there was a woman giving away puppies. So I grabbed one. I asked her questions like how big would he get. What his parents are. She said that the parents were mutts so there is no determining what the puppies will be. She said they were 6 weeks and the parents were about 20-30 lbs. The vet stated that a 20-30 lb dog does not give birth to 7 puppies. She also stated (the vet) that it is very hard to tell what he is she stated that he could have over 40 different breeds in him. She also stated he looked a little chow like. So ok I get his shots and puppy food, a bed and lots of toys. The first couple days were ok. I got him potty trained fairly fast and the nipping and biting was constantly reprimanded. I spent alot of time on the internet. I DO NOT hit him whasoever. When he is biting I tell him very loudly "no bite" and give him something he can bite and chew on. He will get aggressive after this and continue to bite and growl and show his teeth, I take him and put him on his back "like his mother would do" and tell him again "no bite". He just gets more and more agressive. To the point that he cannot be played with, we try to play but he bites, and I am NOT talking nipping he actually bites, leaves marks and has actually drawn blood. When you try to ignore him he growls and continue to chase after you trying to bite your feet. I will try this for a couple hours and then I put him in his room. After about 5 minutes I let him back out and it all start over. I have a handicapped son and I would hate for something to happen and him have to be euthanized for biting. He is over 8 weeks now and is getting more and more aggressive. It is not fair to either party but what do I do? Does he have physological problems?
I had a 22lbs dog give birth to 12 puppies. So throw that out the window. This dog is a baby. have just tried yelping. and saying OWWW. It seems this puppy missed some desperatly needed time with it's littermates. And puppies, can change thier additude. You have a lot of time. This puppy is still moldable. get it around other dogs. That i have found the best for dogs to learn that thier teeth hurt. I have to say it's pretty rare to have young puppy that can break the skin and draw blood. If what you are doing is causing more aggression your going to have to try something else. try trading toys, make sure the toys are exactly the same. this will help the puppy. also the toys being the same will help so he won't value one more than the other. This is what I do with biters, it sucks at first. but it works. when the pup bites me. I go limp. i do not move. I keep a rag in my pocket. and only move that. If the pup is biting my hand. I make a fist. This is not very rewarding to bite. I try to make the rag funner. And when the pup bites it. I come alive. The dog learns that biting me shuts me off. and biting the rag turns me on.
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The first mistake you made was not first takeing the time to research breeds and their characteristics, looking for breeds that would be good with children, and your personnal dog experience should have come into play as well. The other mistakes are your reactions to the puppies biting. Get yourself into a puppy class, and get a personnal trainer that has experience in positive training. If a puppy bites you, hes looking for a reaction, which you did give him, so its rewarding to bite you, so hes going to do it more. If you ignore him hell try harder, because last time you reacted.So you have to be persistant and just as stuborn.You are actually teaching him to be this way by reacting to the biting. The Alpha role over is really a silly myth that only instills fear and mistrust between dogs and their owners, and sometimes casues severe bites and aggression. Useing human language on a non human species will not get you results. Animals need to learn words (with an action) before you use them. It sounds like this puppy is along the Spitz lines, and are known to be pushy breeds.But it is all normal dog behavior. Get yourself the trainer Teach the NILIF program -google "Nothing In Life is free" Start puppy classes If you don't get this under control by 4 months It will be difficult to change the behaviors after that. Good Luck you'll Need it......
I am no expert, but he probably doesn't have psychological issues. I'm thinking that just maybe he wasn't as old as you were told and missed out on some really important lessons from his mother and siblings. I do have a friend who became the surprised owner of a 5 week old puppy a few years ago and he was a terror. But my friend fell head over heels for the puppy and was determined to keep him, so she did a lot of research and found ways to help him and he has become the greatest dog, her family can't imagine life without him. It is a stupid thing to do, but some people think that as soon as a puppy is weaned its okay to dump it off. A lot of these people are the ones who find themselves with a litter of pups from their unspayed female dog running loose and they want to be shed of the puppies as soon as possible. Maybe this lady was one of those Idiots. Good Luck.
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