We have a 11 week old German shepherd puppy and she can get aggressive. She loves all of us but gets really rough with her biting. When we try to correct her, she comes back even more aggresively. We lover her to death and want this to stop before it becomes a big problem when she is older. We were panning on…
I’m picking that you haven’t even succeeded in toilet training her yet.
Training requires OBSERVATION/AWARENESS of your pet’s signals, and CONSISTENCY.
Before a pup is 13 weeks old it is your task to (1) convince it that the world is a fun, safe place and that YOU are the source of everything good in the universe, and to (2) learn what its body language means then INSTANTLY take appropriate action.
Nipping ankles & so on isn’t normally aggression – it is using you for puppy-type play. When I want a friend to tell me what she thinks of one of my 6-7 weeks old pups I let it grab my fingers then I walk backwards so that it displays its trotting action. (Why aren’t my friends willing to do that???? So that _I_ could see my pups gaiting!)
So learn her signal for “Wanna BITE something” then take effective action.
• If you are prepared:
(1) Distract her with a bouncing ball or with a waggling knotted towel or knotted rope.
(2) If your hands are big enough & dexterous enough, you can sometimes grasp her muzzle and hold it closed for ages – keep holding LONG after Pup is thoroughly bored. (Expect her to soon come back & try again to get you to squeal & flap, thus giving herself the reward she seeks.)
• If she has latched on to your body or clothes, DO NOT SQUEAL, and DO NOT FLAP AROUND – squeals are encouragingly exciting; flapping of arms or legs invokes the prey drive present in all predators. Plus your movement can cause those needles to tear your skin – our hides are not as tough as a pup’s hide. Convince Pup that biting is BORING, by giving her NO rewards.
(1) Gently but firmly push her face against whatever she has grabbed. Hold her there. Longer… Longer still, until she is thoroughly disgusted with the scent, taste & texture of whatever is in her mouth.
(2) If the angle is too awkward, take the scruff of her neck in one hand and calmly & slowly lift until her front feet are off the ground. Hold her there for ages. No talking to her, just BORE her.
These won’t instantly stop the attempts to bite, but if everyone is CONSISTENT she should give up in less than a fort night – especially if she is praised often for diverting to a ball game or tug-o-war.
YOU should be booked in to a proper weekly training club class that will start when she is 18-22 weeks old. There YOU will be coached to improve your use of “the voices”, posture aka body language, balance, timing, rewards vs reprimands. At the same time Pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing.
• Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_G… in your browser’s Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.
You will get some help (but not enough) about canine body language in its Temperament or Testing section.
• Join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group’s Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos.
Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_F…
“In GSDs” as of 1967
Well first of all DON’T BE THRILLED THAT HE WAS PROTECTIVE OF YOU. God I hate hearing this. If a dog naturally takes the decisions like this then this is not good. To be honest, at 16 weeks old I am not sure that the dog wouldn’t of seen this as a very rough and tumble game which is what dogs would do within a litter. He is still young. However, if there was any element of “attack and protect” from him then it needs to be trained out of him and you need to become a much stronger leader. Google NILIF and put that into practise. This dog must NOT be allowed to continue this attitude as he matures. Your puppy shouldn’t of been ON THE SOFA anyway, and it is not a good idea to goof about in front of a dog like you did either. You have to have some dog savvy before taking on breeds such as GSD’s and similar, and you need to get some quick by the sound of it. NILIF – NILIF – NILIF Add on – agree with MamaBas re the castration. It is not the answer, and as for Tushur – how dare you suggest you beat this dog. Don’t be an idiot. Add again… You add on states that your dog wasn’t on the sofa and yet in the question you put “My puppy jumped off the sofa and literally attacked him!” Whatever ! but please keep him off the sofa.
Hi, I understand that you are looking for some advice or resources to help fully train your dog or fix behavior problems. If a professional dog trainer is not an option at this time, or if you want to trt training your dog on your own (a great way to bond), I’d suggest you https://bitly.im/aM9nl
A friend recommened it to me a few years ago, and I was amazed how quickly it worked, which is why I recommend it to others. The dog training academy also has as an excellent home training course.
Of course it’ll help! Especially if the lady specializes in German Sheperds. Make sure you explain the problem with the dog, so that she can pin point right were the problem is. We did that for our Irish Setter we has overly excited (not really a problem until you get home after a day of work and get tackle by a 120lbs dog) and wouldn’t walk on a leash, talking to the trainer insured us with him that he would help us with those problem. It takes a while, you have to work a lot with your dog, at home everyday, but in the end you get an amazing dog, that you can keep for years to come.
Also what I love about trainers is that they don’t only work with your dog, but also with you,. How to react and take care of the dog when something goes wrong. How to show that you happy or mad with a certain situation. So you will also learn with it.
Yes because it will teach you and your family how to deal with puppy mouthing and other misbehaviours.
Mouthing, nipping, and biting is normal for puppies. It’s not aggression. It’s how they learn about their world. However, it’s not acceptable to humans so your puppy needs to be taught. Puppies aren’t born with good manners, it’s your responsibility to teach them.
Either you are confusing her when you correct her or she’s misinterpreting. Obedience lessons will train you how to effectively educate your dog.
I highly recommend obedience training. You won’t be sorry.
Plus your dog will love it. GSD’s thrive on obedience and do really well at it.
I’ve heard that this tactic works great for getting dogs to stop doing this. The trick is to show your dog that you are the boss and not them. When your dog does behavior that is not ok with you, use your hand as if it was the jaw of a mother dog and use it to firmly bite your dog on it’s neck along with saying “NO!” firmly. Somehow, your dog thinks that it is top dog and you are low level dog. You need to show your dog that you will not put up with his bad behavior.
this isnt “aggression”
Its play biting. When you correct her, when she continues to bite, you need to separate her from you and ignore her for 5-10 minutes. She has to learn that when she is too rough, you will NOT play with her.
Encourage the use of toys, not your hands, during play time.
Praise her when she uses her toys… also praise her for ALL appropriate interactions.. such as brushing or petting her with no biting.
Yes, a good trainer can teach you ways to control your dog’s aggression. But, you need to be willing to put in the effort to follow through with what you learn. Be patient and consistent with your training, it’s good that you are taking action now before she’s grown.
She is not aggressive, it’s just a little puppy and do what puppies do but given that you obviously do not know that it would be wise to contact that lady to educate you about puppy education.
yes but she is most likely just playing and you are not correcting her the right way. good luck!