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Aggressive witching hour

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Efg23, Sep 11, 2020.


  1. Efg23

    Efg23 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, I have a 10 week old Jug puppy. I’ve had him 5 days! He is adorable all day long and then the witching hour comes, he turns into a horrible biting ball of aggression. He bites my sons legs and scares him and if I’m honest he scares me too. We try to distract him with chew toys and if he gets really bad I put him in his crate. Does anyone have any helpful advice please?
     
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    Torin. PetForums VIP

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    How much rest is he getting? It sounds like he's over-tired. But being a baby he won't know this for himself, and he won't be able to self-regulate enough to take himself to bed - same as a human toddler. I wouldn't want to use a crate as a punishment, but a place where he likes, where he can go for naps.

    p.s. what's his name? do you have any photos?
     
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    Efg23 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi thank you fir your reply, he had an hour nap this morning then 2 hours at lunch time and he’s had a couple of shorter naps this afternoon. I just don’t know what else to do with him to contain him when he’s biting?
    His name is Buddy and he looks like butter wouldn’t melt!
     

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    Ian246 PetForums VIP

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    Puppies generally sleep 18-20 hours per day. It sounds to me like he’s not getting that. Is he getting plenty of opportunity to rest?
     
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    Efg23 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply, maybe I will try encouraging him to rest more tomorrow and see if it makes a difference tomorrow evening. I am very grateful for the advice.
     
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    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    As above, puppies need a lot more rest than they seem to think they need!
    It's also worth noting he's not being aggressive, he's being a puppy. They bite - hard! Especially when over excited and over tired.
     
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    Thank you fir taking the time to reply. I will try to get him to have more rest today and see how we get on.
     
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    Agree with the others about rest but if it happens, it's because he is trying to play.

    This is just an extension of the boisterous play he had with his littermates but he needs to learn this is not how to play with humans. Some people find a sharp 'ouch' works but it can just ramp up the excitement. Some people find putting a toy in the dog's mouth works, others find the puppy is still more interested in nipping hands. My preferred method is to teach him that teeth on skin equals end of fun. So as soon as he makes contact, walk out of the room for a few moments. As long as the whole family is consistent - do it immediately and do it every time - he will learn. You could use a house line to draw him away, which keeps your hands both out of reach and also keeps hands for only good things.

    There is also something called ”extinction burst” that you should be aware of. This is when a behaviour that used to get attention no longer works for the dog so he tries it all the harder and it seems like things are getting worse, not better. This is good, because it means that what you are doing is starting to work.
     
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    Evening is when all puppies (and a lot of older dogs) have a mad half hour. He wants to play so encourage suitable play. Tuggy, or fetch and if he thinks biting you and getting a reaction is more fun turn your back and stand absolutely still with your hands crossed in front of you until he decides that you are utterly boring. Once he has calmed down play another game with a toy. They usually choose the time when you have sat down and want to watch television but that has to go out of the window for a few weeks while you concentrate on your puppy. He is not, and never will be, being aggressive, he is playing in a very unacceptable manner. What would you do if your toddler decided it was fun to kick and scratch and bite at you because it was fun to see you jumping about trying to avoid them.
     
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