First off I'd like to thank everyone on this site for reassuring me in my times of over-reacting lol...So Duke, my 8 wk old Dachshund has seemed to develope a real attitude problem. It's not all the time, mainly when we're outside and I think it's time to go in, anyway when I go to pick him up he attacks me (as much as a 4lb 8wk old can) and I've been swatting him and telling him no but it doesn't seem to do anything. It's not like it hurts me or anything but he doesn't need to have this aggressive behavior, especially so young, does anyone have any tips to help? Please and Thank You
If you are letting him out into a fenced area, instead of picking him up to bring him in, try putting a treat in front of his face and then ask him to follow you inside to receive the treat. Then going in will be rewarding as well as him thinking it was his idea. Doxie's may be in the hound group, but they are terriers with terrier attitude.
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How much are you picking him up? You are not over whelming him are you? Is he giving any kind of warning before "attacking"? And exactly what does "attacking" mean?
Puppies are mouthy and they are testing out their hunting/battle skills they would be using in the wild. It's up to the more mature animals in the pack to teach them, in this case, that would be you.
Swatting him is not going to work, matter of fact it will probably wind up coming back and biting you in the butt one day, most likely literally... anyhow, back on track here. You need to redirect at this point. Speaking to a dog at this young age is difficult as you have already found out, so you need something that will hold their attention and win over their hearts. Treats, toys etc.
Teach the puppy how to sit. Then get him to sit before you approach him to spend time with him, when he does reward him with a little play with a toy or a nibble of a treat. When you pick him up, don't make a big deal out of it. Just sort of from the side or back scoop him up. Make sure you're not hurting him or making him uncomfortable. Lot's of people think smaller dogs or puppy want to be picked up. Not the case with all dogs.
If your dog is uncomfortable with it, you need to pay attention to body language to prevent "the attacks". Tail wagging isn't always a sign of affection. Shifty eyes, or stiffening up can also be subtle hints.
Those are great suggestions but I can't let him go in on his own because he can't do stairs yet and there are about 6...In all honesty it's just when I want to go in and he'd rather play and I have to grab at him because he's not on a lead and my back yard isn't fenced in...I stay out there 100% of the time I just didn't want to put a lead on him because I was afraid he was too young...when he "attacks" it's a growl and biting of my hand
I do not have another suggestion for you but I do want to mention that is totally inappropriate behavior and needs to stop. Unintentionally you are allowing this little puppy to be alpha over you and you need to change that around. Owners must always be alpha over the pups. The suggestions given were good. You may also want to call an actual behaviorist trainer for more professional assistance. Good Luck.
I agree...don't let the dog take the alpha roll. Sounds like a toddler, when it's nap time. Like a temper fit. I'm not a trainer but my advise would be to keep him on a retrackable leash...and bring out treats... when it's time to come in... give him a small piece of the treat...then when he wants more pick him up and have another small piece in your hand etc... I know it must be hard..when they can't do stairs.. only other advise would be to go and get a 2x8 and put it on the side of the stair case.. like a ramp and walk him up it... Keep it to the side so it won't affect the normal use of the stairs or trip anyone up.. I would also paint it a bright orange so no one trips on it.. ( I know this sounds stupid..but ramping a small portion of it would allow you to walk the dog in and out) As he grows up... you can unscrew it or unblock it and remove it. Good luck..
Hey, I love that harness!! Wish they made one that would fit my puppy... but he just turned 6 months and weighs 72 lbs... I need to use one when he's out in his fenced in yard and doesn't want to come in for the night. I use a slice of bread right now... he'll do anything for a slice of bread..ha ha ha ha
I agree with the retractable leash. If you want to give him a sense of freedom while you're allowing him to play, a 25' one should be fine. I have a puppy too and for the first few weeks when I was ready to go inside I had to call him, give the leash a tug to get his attention and wait for him to come over. Then I gave him a treat or praised him like he just saved my life. Sometimes he wouldn't come to me so I went to him, made him sit and look me in the eyes, then walked him to the stairs. I made him sit at the stairs (because he couldn't navigate them yet) and I picked him up. When we got to the landing I praised him, opened the door, had him sit, walked in first, then had him follow me.
Now we're at the point where even if he doesn't come immediately, I turn around and walk away (he's on the retractable leash, after all) and let him catch up to me. When he does I praise him and we go into the house. The funny thing is, sometimes I forget that I've trained him to sit by the door and wait until I walk through and I wonder what he's waiting for! It takes time, but they get it.