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Old 12-03-2006, 02:57 PM
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Unhappy agressiveness or puppy traits?

Muttilda is a recent to our "Muttley Crew." She is, as far as the vet and I can determine, is part German Shephard, chow, and Collie. I have raised chows, and realize their nature. Mutilda is sweet, although she is too aggressive during palytime. She will not stop chewing on the smaller dog's neck. in fact, there is small puncture wound I noticecd last night. The bull dog plays referee, but I do not feel this is fair to him. Mutilda also chews evrything, even sheetrock. I resuced her this summer, and do not know her background. Iv'e had her for about 4 months, and she is now about 9 months old. I am open for suggestions.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:08 PM
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Aggression during playtime is normal for puppies, but I do think a puncture wound is a bit too rough. Unless she is aggressive during unnecessary times like walking, feeding and grooming, it's all puppy nature.

But then again you did mention she was 9 months old. Come to think of it, my dogs stopped playful aggression when they were around five months old. Maybe now would be the time to step in and start some training to break the habit before she's a year old?
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:13 PM
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She's still very much a puppy.

Put her in training classes ASAP and see a bahaviorist
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:41 PM
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Hi...welcome to Chaz!
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Old 12-05-2006, 01:58 AM
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Hiya welcome to chaz

Training is an excellent idea. Also practice NILIF with her (do a search for NILIF) It means nothing life is free, meaning they have to earn everything, from pats, to playtime, to food. Everything that you as Alpha provides for her.

When you are playing and she gets too rough. Sometimes yelling loudly, lets pup know she has gone too far. The game stops immediately, and ignore her. Or a firm NO, and walk away from her, or redirect her to other activities. When she sees that playing too aggressively, gets her no attention, and the game stops, she will gradually put two and two together

When she was with her littermates, the same sort of deal is taught by mum and littermates. If one is too rough with the other, the littermate will yelp of course, because it hurts, and the game stops. If it's mum she will reprimand them in her own way

The basic principle is the same, only you are her new mum now.

Once again welcome aboard, and you will find lots of nice helpful people here, and can share your stories of life with you and your pup. BTW we love pics here heheh
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Old 12-05-2006, 02:02 AM
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I have a part pitbull/boxer, and a tiny toy poodle. When they play and it gets too rough, the poodle bites her on her lip and doesn't let go until she stops.
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