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Old 01-25-2007, 10:15 AM   #1
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is it normal for my puppy to have sudden urges of aggression where he proceeds to bite anything and scratch at anything he wants to. he has been doing itmore and more lately. i know it is normal for him to want to bite, but he sometimes goes crazy with it and doesn't like to stop.

he is under medication due to worms. he was given deworming medicine two days ago and is under medication for giardia and isopora.

he is learning commands great but potty training isn't working so well. I take him outside and tell him go pee and go poop and if he does it, I praise him. he is still going inside and I personally tell him no when he does but I'm not to sure about others in my family.

I forgot to mention that after going crazy, he likes to rest it up.

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Old 01-25-2007, 11:02 AM   #2
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It's hard to comment too much without knowing more about the pup, like breed and age. But yes, it is normal for puppies to have their moments (lol). You can, and need to moderate this aggressive behavior by not rewarding it with participation or attention that encourages more acting out. Pups, like children and adolescents, will test their limits and boundaries. You have to be clear and consistent (in terms the dog can understand) about what is acceptable and what is not. If the pup is chewing on things you don't want it chewing on, remove the item and replace it with an appropriate chew toy. Sounds like your pup is being a normal puppy - full of energy, either going 100% or taking a nap.

If your pup is going in the house, you need to be taking it outside more often. When pups are small, they simply can't hold it as long as an adult. The younger they are, the more frequently you have to take them out. As they get bigger, they will be able to hold it longer. You also need to be cleaning up the mess, inside, with an enzymatic cleaner that will remove any trace of the accident, so the pup can't smell where it went inside (or it will probably go there again). Good luck.
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:17 PM   #3
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Is this biting happening with teeth bared, growling and going after you or others ? OR is it more of puppy play ? Either way it should be discouraged.

What is he doing when he is scratching and what exactly is he scratching?

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he is a shepherd mix..with what, the spca didn't know.

he doesn't snarl or anything as if he is attempting to attack.

but he goes crazy when he is in biting mode. he doesn't scratch us, but he scratches the bed a lot very quickly

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Old 01-25-2007, 07:57 PM   #5
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Sounds like play and not agression. Try doing a search for "mouthing" and you'll find lots of advice and techniques how to limit this behavior. It may not be a problem now, but when the dog is older and have more powerful jaws it could be.

Maggie was really bad with this and you couldn't even pet her at first... we think her previous owner liked to rough house with her. I've tried just about every method, but the thing that's worked the best for me is just to stop playing with her and ignore her when she starts mouthing. After she calms down in 5 or 10 minutes, I'll start playing with her again.
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Yep he's just being an un trained puppy, with time things will improve. But try to take him out more often, I'm sure he doesn't want to disapoint you.

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he is a shepherd mix..with what, the spca didn't know.

he doesn't snarl or anything as if he is attempting to attack.

but he goes crazy when he is in biting mode. he doesn't scratch us, but he scratches the bed a lot very quickly
At this time in their lives, they are very unsure of what's ok and what is not.
His memory is not that large either sweet little thing.
I wish you both gobs of luck!

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Aww, cute.

Sounds like play not aggression. Training will curb that.

If I were you I would enroll into a puppy class asap, great for socialization of you pup and trainig as well.

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