Basic Puppy Care : Correcting Aggressive Puppy Behaviors


So, I also want her to talk to you about what
might happen if your puppy was growling or aggressive biting. Now, many dogs will never
do this, some breeds are just more aggressive than others, but I always like people to be
ready to do the right thing. Human nature kind of tells us to do the wrong thing. If
your puppy growls or snaps at you, you want to just back up and human nature tells us,
“Oh, I’m sorry! I’ll leave you alone! I won’t touch your toys anymore!” Right then, your
puppy owns your house. And so, it’s actually really, really important, I think, to try
and catch your dog being aggressive. Now, your dog is seems like he’s not the aggressive
type. You may never have to do this, but I want you to be ready for it. Because again,
human nature tells us to do the wrong thing. If you were taking a toy away from your puppy
and he growled and snapped at you, push him down on the ground. And you hold him down
to the ground with your hand like this on his neck, so that he can’t reach up and bite
you. And you have to make him give up. Sometimes it scares them so badly, they may even poop
and pee and scream and cry. And every dog gives up at a different level. I mean, it
could take fifteen minutes for some of the really tough terriers, to hold them down and
make them give up. Once you make them give up, then you let them up and you look the
other way and ignore them. For a good five to ten minutes, you don’t want to talk to
them. Sometimes, again, we kind of feel sorry that we’ve done it for them and you can feel
sorry for them. But you want it to sink in, you know. “I did this. This is what happened
to me and I don’t want to be doing that anymore.” I think it’s kind of important and it really
is a neat idea if you can catch him being aggressive when they’re young like this, before
they’re a year of age. And you do this to them, and it kind of bite proof them for life.
They’ll never bite anybody again if you do that. And they just understand that, “Hey
— that was really pretty serious. I shouldn’t be an aggressive kind of dog.” And so, do
you understand that the difference between the play biting and the aggressive biting?
I just wanted you to be really ready for it. I mean, your puppy seems like the kind of
puppy that may never do the aggressive type, but you have to really jump on them and make
sure they don’t do it anymore. Because they could become a dangerous dog when they get
older and bigger.