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Old 01-31-2006, 06:54 PM
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Well, you should get him neutered ASAP. His dominant behaviour could be hormone-triggered . When he is neutered his testosterone level is lowered. Just my opinion.
This is good to hear......!!!! My Alpha-male 4 month old beagle is biting when he's anxious or is tired and it's driving us crazy because we're using words like "NO" and "No bite" and "Stop" and "Time Out" (with consequences) ....and it seems these words come out of our mouth constantly. But he doesn't care.

Also, Tugger doesn't like to be cradle held (like they want us to do so that when he's at the vets he'll behave....) and he thrashes violently to get out of the hold.

On top of all this--he's been revving those male engines of his since he was 3 months old.....he's definitely testosterone aggressive!!!!

If neutering him will calm my dog down to a level that we can feel like we are in control, I will be delighted!!!
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:02 PM
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When he bites hard, he's removed from the area for a timeout. We also tried holding his muzzle, but he'd bite again after he was let go. We also do exercises before the problem occurs to teach him submissive behavior. Such as feeding him by hand, NILF, and praise for playing without nipping. We've come a long way, and I don't expect his problems to dissapear with a surgery. I've read that lots of dogs never become animal aggressive if they're neutered. If he's one of them, then that's one less issue that we have to work on, and I'll be grateful for that.
Is he just play biting or is he serious? I dont see any reason to wait until he is 6 months to neuter. My moms chow mix got neutered when he was 3 months, and it didnt cause any problems. I agree that neutering him now will not solve the problem, but it could help a lot. Once he gets the testosterone out of his system, he will be easyer to deal with. He wont try to "challenge" you as much. And he will be less liklely to become dog aggressive. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:09 PM
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This is good to hear......!!!! My Alpha-male 4 month old beagle is biting when he's anxious or is tired and it's driving us crazy because we're using words like "NO" and "No bite" and "Stop" and "Time Out" (with consequences) ....and it seems these words come out of our mouth constantly. But he doesn't care.

Also, Tugger doesn't like to be cradle held (like they want us to do so that when he's at the vets he'll behave....) and he thrashes violently to get out of the hold.

On top of all this--he's been revving those male engines of his since he was 3 months old.....he's definitely testosterone aggressive!!!!

If neutering him will calm my dog down to a level that we can feel like we are in control, I will be delighted!!!
Neutering will probably help, but he could be teething also. Does he have any chew toys?
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:15 PM
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We have no children....so Tugger is one spoiled puppy. And this is our first puppy or pet since we've both been children living with our parents....so he gets plenty of attention! (Are we perhaps paying too much attention to him?)

We do have plenty of chew toys and we also have the round stick rawhide and twist it on his back teeth to have him get his frustrations out that way. It could be teething, toooooo....but his nose curls when he bites...so it's more frustration and anxiousness.

So funny--I'm downstairs, and I can hear my husbands calm voice through the floor upstairs.....and he's probably holding Tug and all I hear him saying in a soothing low voice is "no.....no......no.....no". Ah....it's 8PM.....past Tug's bedtime.....so he's probably tired.
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:38 PM
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Also, Tugger doesn't like to be cradle held (like they want us to do so that when he's at the vets he'll behave....) and he thrashes violently to get out of the hold.

Oh, I know how you feel. This is what I was told to do too. At this point, I can only get him in this hold when he's tired. Any other time, he'd either freeze, with this terrified look on his face, or and bite, scratch, growl and squirm trying to get free. My puppy has a problem with playing too hard (prob. as a result of coming to live here at 7 weeks), and he also bites when he's angry. For one thing, he doesn't care to be told "no," and will try fighting to get his way. When he was a bit younger, he'd growl if someone picked him up and tried to move him. Like I said though, we've been making progress. I used to be able to count on getting a new scar every day. It's not nearly that bad anymore. It's good to hear that neutering might help. He'll also be going to classes next month, and with the progress he's all ready made, he should do well.

Thanks everyone for all of your advice.
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:04 AM
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Male dogs really don't reach sexual maturity until closer to 8-10 months of age, so he really shouldn't be producing much testosterone yet. Kind of a preadolescent stage. 6 months old should be just fine but I would find a good trainer to help with the behavior issues.
Maturity, socialization,obedience class, lots of chew toys, and consistency sounds like a good plan of action! Pups are such a challenge, but such a treasure.
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:26 AM
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Male dogs really don't reach sexual maturity until closer to 8-10 months of age, so he really shouldn't be producing much testosterone yet. Kind of a preadolescent stage. 6 months old should be just fine but I would find a good trainer to help with the behavior issues.
Maturity, socialization,obedience class, lots of chew toys, and consistency sounds like a good plan of action! Pups are such a challenge, but such a treasure.
Smaller dogs mature faster. My chihuahua started lifting his leg to urinate at 3 months old. He sprayed everything!
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:21 AM
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Just a note - repeating commands will make them meaningless.

If you repeat No.. No!... no.. no over and over, the word will have no impact

Ask once, and if you don't get the action you want, then time out.

If you get the correct behaviour - praise!

Also, if your dog nips in play, as SOON as he does it, say NO stand up and walk away, or fold your arms and turn your back to him.

Ignore him till he is calm, then carry on playing calmly.

You have to be persistant and do this EVERY time or it won't work. He will realise that biting = no play.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:35 PM
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I believe you need to find a trainer that deals with aggression as a speciality. Your male is too young to be producing test. on that high of a level, plus I have seen female dogs that young acting badly.

Neutering at an early stage may help "marking," but your pup sounds like he needs expert training and fast. I know female dogs that lift their leg.... Training can be hard and fustrating and you may have to find and go through 10 methods before you find your solution.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:39 PM
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hehehehe neuter the hubby sure j/k
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