just bought a 7 month old dog and she will not let anyone near her without growling and showning her
7month old puppy very agressive, growling and showing teeth
She probably had a bad experience prior to her new home with you. Okay...imagine you looking up at her, pretty scary...maybe moreso because her last episode with someone your size hurt her...no patience. So, get on the floor, with some treats and be patient, let her trust you enough to come to you, as little patience and a little love, she'll be greatful she has a friend with patience and all will be good. Keep children away from her for awhile...you might want to invest in a muzzle as a punishment for growling or barking...10 minutes at a time, positive reinforcement with stern voice...best wishes to you and your newest family member.
You may not be able to change your dog. This behavior is learned during early development. The people who had her did not build bonds of love and trust.
You don't mention what breed she is, where you got her or how the situation arises for her behaviour or if you have had a vet examine her for biological causes like brain or eye disease.
These four things could influence my answer somewhat. But in general, at 7 months with this behaviour I would say there a two factors possible. 1. She may be reacting with a fear bite response or 2. she may be reacting with a dominant aggressive response.
It takes a dedicated and gifted dog trainer to change this behaviour in a dog of her age, to make the dog a reliable, safe member of a family. If you are not a professional dog trainer, I strongly would advise you to give the dog up for adoption to a trainer/re-homing facility where an expert in dog training and behaviour would have a chance (not guaranteed) to modify the dogs behaviour.
A novice MAY be able to change the dogs behaviour, though it is more likely that a novice could use various techniques to 'bribe' the behaviour out ot the dog. This however can be dangerous as you can be misled into thinking the behaviour has been corrected, when in fact it may only be masked and may re-appear with stress or a change of circumstance.
The outcome of owning a dog with this behaviour at 7 months is usually not good. She has the potential to become a very dangerous dog (unless she is the size of a toy poodle or chi). I would emphasize the comment made by caravalhophoto - Do not let her near children at all - ever. She may never be stable enough to be trusted with children and the only way you will know is to test it.... which could have dire consequences.
As hard as the decision may be, you need to carefully assess the best interest of people who may come into contact with her and what will her life be like if she is muzzled, chained or otherwise restrained for her life.
I wish you well with your choice.
You CAN NOT be afraide of her, if she even smell's fear or nervousness she will remember it forever. When she starts acting up, get right over her and corner her in, letting her know this is your space and you run the show, also when she's home and your expecting company keep a leash on her, and when she starts acting up, snap the collar pulling away from her in a really quick motion, this will cause her to forget what is going on, as dog's can only think about one thing at a time. Make sure you stick by these rules and in no time you'll have alittle angel, both of my dog's are trained in the army.
either she was abused or shes not used to your family yet , give her lots of love and attention.
i dont understand why you would have got her if she was exhibiting these behaviours. It sounds like she is not exhibiitng these behaviours all the time, so we will need to know when she does this, is it when food is around??
Firstly, where did you get her from?
It may be related to where she was from and the environment that she has been in previously...
She is still a puppy and very easily trainable, but the first thing
you must do is get her out and about to bond with other dogs and humans, she needs training firstly with a puppy class.
All my spaniels have been socialised as early as 8 weeks and
were at their first puppy classes at that age.
This may not be an agressive situation at all but down to how she was treated in her former home as stated.
What you must do is make sure that you are boss over her and be very firm, don't express any fear of her as she will pick up on that which will make her worse in her bahaviour but at the same time she need love and lots of it but at the same time discipline.
I have trained many dogs in the past and a couple of my own have been fiesty but don't give up, I don't believe any dog is agressive, it's the way they are treated.
As for the muzzling, this could make her worse, I would suggest trying the socialising first and flood her with many different dogs and have people approach her in the normal way and stroke her to assure her that everything will be ok, If you do this on a regular basis I believe she will come right, praise her for the all the good things that she does by rewarding her with treats and give her plenty of toys to keep her occupied.
If I was you, take her to a dog trainer but find a really good one that knows what they are talking about.
You must give her a chance as she is so young, she will blossom into a lovely and happy dog, I know I have dealt with them and I know what I am talking about.
I have 5 cockers at the moment (show dogs) and know what training is required for dogs, whether they are showdogs or not they still need the same training and the discipline required is so important.
Please let me know how you get on and if I can help you again in anyway, contact me.
You did'nt say what type of breed she is?
All the best to you
The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, has written a few books called How to Raise the Perfect Dog, Cesar's Way, and Cesar's Rules, and more. You might want to read some of them. They are really good books. I've read two, How to Raise the Perfect Dog and Cesar's Way.
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