Correcting Aggressive Puppy Behaviors

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Some puppies and dog breeds are naturally more aggressive which can lead to unwanted and dangerous behavior. Learn how to correct aggressive puppy behavior with tips from a veterinarian in this free puppy care video.

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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.

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