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Old 01-29-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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I have just got an Akita, his name is Ike and he is 7 weeks old. Were a bit worried. He has started growling when my partner picks him up and niped him on the chin and I wanted to know if, although all the looking in to getting him I have done and I may have picked myself an aggressive dog.

We have only had him since Sunday so thats 4 days now, could this be teething problems

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hi MelandIke and welcome to the forum. Supposedly there is such a thing as aggressive puppies, but the more likely explanation is that your dog is in the nipping phase which is normal and typical for puppies. It is a good idea to train it out of them now because once they get into the habit, it is extremely difficult to change.

May I recommend this thread in the FAQ section?
How to: Stop puppy biting / nipping

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Thank you for your reply. I have had a look at the link and we will try the advice you have given.

It's the growling that makes us think he is being aggressive?

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Boy it's hard to say without being there to see and hear it. Sometimes a growl is not a growl. Like I said, there is supposedly such a thing as puppies who show aggression at that tender age, but it is the exception and not the rule.
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Thank you,

Again we will try with your traning methors.

with rgds to the growling he does flash his teeth and shake his head

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Well I am hoping that others will chime in here. I can only offer suggestions and usually there is not one single best way to solve a problem. Seven weeks is on the young side to get a puppy.
Have you discussed this with the person you got the pup from?
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i did think at the time the puppy was to young but they said they were all eating and drinking,and would be fine.i hope he is ok because he is lovely,he is still abit quite but he has only been with us since sunday,it just worried us.i hope it is only noises he is making.

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It is so hard to say without being there whether this is a play growly noise or a serious growl. If it is the former then his behaviour sounds perfectly normal. If it is the latter then he may not have been handled and socialised enough and be feeling scared or disliking being picked up. How was he when you visited his litter? Did he approach you happily or hang back? Was he bold or timid? How did he seem in comparison to the other pups? Did you meet the parent?

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thanks for your help,when we saw the pups there was only 5 left,and he did approach me first which was the reason i picked him,he was quite compared to the others,we took him to the vets today for a look over he said he was fine and had his first injection but didnt batter an eye lid,he seems happier today,maybe just takes time to settle down,we will see how it goes.hopefully he was just scared.
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I had my Akita pup at 8 weeks old and when we picked her up the breeder asked us if we were ready as she was a whirlwind of fur and teeth She loved to nibble feet hands, in fact anything she could get hold of and the breeder said she was the worst pup she had known for trying to nibble feet! but she never did growl once. We also got her out of the nipping after 2 weeks by saying "ouch" quite high pitched and also holding her muzzle and saying "no bite"

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