Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 2 months ago

Puppy is aggressive?

Hello! I need help with my puppy. We have a 9 week old yellow lab and she bites everything. My boyfriend and I want to play and love her up but she bites us terribly hard. We have tried everything from loud yelps to timeouts. She also prefers to bite us over replacing it with a toy. We often will try to direct her biting towards a toy but she lunges right towards and bites hard. She does well with the timeouts but as soon as we let her out to play again she’s back to aggressively biting us. How can we fix this because we don’t want this to be a habit of hers. 

21 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    This is NOT aggression, it’s normal puppy behavior.  At 9 weeks old you haven’t had enough TIME to try “everything”.

    If this pup was removed from it’s litter before 8 weeks, that is the problem, it needs to learn bite inhibition.

    When the pup bites to hard (and in a 9 week pup this is play, not aggression) you must yelp and withdraw immediately.  Not for long as the pup doesn’t have much of an attention span, long enough for the pup to notice but not so long it gets distracted by something more interesting.

    This is a process, not a one off, so you’ll need to do it over and over and over and over til the pup gets it.

  • 1 month ago

    Pups of that age dont even know how to be aggressive....  Read, read. read, and learn and familiarise yourself in what to expect from a Lab puppy..... Or you will encounter many nasty surprises....


  • 2 months ago

    Honestly, this is pretty common in lab puppies. Mine did the same and my bf and I just constantly replaced hands with toys. Never allowed her to bite our hands or even pretend that our hands were toys. Now she can have our hands all in her face and play around but never actually bite because she's learned not to hurt us. It might just take time!

  • 2 months ago

    Well. Here's the truth. Probably not going to like this answer...the chewing never, ever stops with labs. 

    Their "job" is to retrieve and therefore are "mouthy".  Be fully prepared to give your lab no less than 3 bones a day, every day. Minimum.

    On the up side, the puppy biting issue will calm down a bit at 6 months of age once the baby teeth fall out. Be sure to never allow the pup to bite your hands. Also, never play fight with your hands. Always put a toy or bone into their face when they go for your hands. Eventually they will understand that hands are not to be bitten.

    Once adult teeth are in...the chewing issue is long term though.  Labs are aggressive chewers.  Wall corners,  coffee tables, shoes, molding, flooring, garbage, whatever is around...into the mouth it goes! And the quest to chew something -anything -is never quenched for not even 5 seconds. As i look around my living room now...this is what he has chewed and on the floor: 2 cow ears, an empty laundry bottle, 2 chewed flip flops, a large stuffed teddy bear, 2 small stuffed animals, a rope toy chewed in half,, a Frisbee, 2 chewed in half dog ball toys , a Kong, a towel, Tupperware bowls. The coffee tables are chewed on the corners, the remote controls, too.  It will be many years before you can have anything on your kitchen counters, coffee tables/end tables, nightstands.  Maybe never again. 

    They say to exercise them more.   Well, we do that.  In fact, we walk him 5-7 x per day. This month, he has broken 3 harnesses and one leash.  So, allot money for regularly replacing leashes/collars, too.  We may upgrade to livestock leashes and collars because he's close to 100 pounds (still a puppy) and "normal" pet store supplies are simply too flimsy.

    Truth.  Labs are NOT for everyone despite what you read.   You must have enormous patience and be consistent with repeating yourself. Remember to tell the dog what TO do and reward with a treat more than what NOT to do and punish. Labs are suckers for food everytime and love being good. 😄

    If you seriously committ and having the lab still isn't working out for you, don't beat yourself up. They don't work out for everyone, but people rarely write about that. If you feel that you've done everything in your heart and its still not a good fit for you, there are thousands of people waiting to rescue one if you end up needing to rehome.  

    Remember,  its ok. 💜

    Source(s): Owner
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  • 2 months ago

    Every single puppy bites & it is up to every owner to teach their pups not to bite.  You can google, 'stop puppy biting' & teach this pup not to bite.  The first two things a puppy learns is to go outside to potty & to stop the biting.

  • jean
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    when he bites give a firm "NO" and put hands behind back. u need to be consistant.You need to play with him etc. Maybe take him to puppy school to socialise with other dogs and people.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I see no aggression.  I see an over enthused, over stimulated puppy.

    When my dog bit as a puppy, I walked away.  "Time out"?  You're kidding, right?  If time out doesn't work, maybe she could go and stand in a corner and repent.  That worked on my sister.

  • 2 months ago

    Your puppy is NOT aggressive.   She is playing in the only way she knows how and this is what she would have been doing in a litter.

    Let's talk about WHY she does this to you and doesn't want a toy.  The reason is that she wants to interact with YOU a living being and not a toy.   Start teaching lots of little obedience exercises and break into doing some as soon as you see her excitement rising.   If you work her mind she will do better.  

  • 2 months ago

    That is how puppies play with other puppies,  they roll on the floor and bite each other.   Your dog is acting towards your hands as it acts towards other puppies.   Your hands move and interact,  a toy does not.   To get her interested in the toys,  throw one and each time she goes after it,   praise her and give her a little treat.   If she brings it back,  give her a better treat.   Only use your hands to pet her or rub her belly.   She will catch on.   

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I really don't like it when people put "puppy" and "aggressive" the same sentence, especially one as young as yours. She's not aggressive, SHE'S A PUPPY. Puppies explore with their mouths and she's too damn young to know any better. And that's where YOU come in. The biggest mistake first-time dog owners make is training their dogs to not be dogs. You need to redirect her chewing and biting behavior to something she can CHEW. Easy as that. She also won't be cuddly right off the bat. And time outs are stupid. They don't get it, and she obviously doesn't get it.

    You've turned your bodies into a game. She needs to unlearn this. Stop trying to love up on her and cuddle her and hold her and hug her. Just stop smothering her with attention. You're confusing the hell out of her. You go in for hugs, she bites, you draw your hands away, and go back for more? It's a game now, and she gets affrection out of it, goes back to doing what she wants. Already 9 weeks old and has no idea because YOU'RE CONFUSING HER.

    She wants to spend time with you, but she has to do this without teeth, however, she is too damn young to know any better. When she bites, make a loud YIP noise, take your hands away, stand up, and ignore her for 5 seconds. Replace with a toy. If she goes for the toy and settles down, PRAISE HER. If she's still going after you, repeat the ignoring and replacing. You can also sweeten the pot by using a puppy Kong and smear it the lightest bit of peanut butter to get her interested in it and keep her busy. Buy toys appropriate for her age in all textures and sizes. Don't settle on JUST toys for chew, or JUST toys made of rope, or JUST soft toys. She will exhaust herself mentally by having a lot to explore with her mouth. When I got my puppy at 4 months old, I took my mother's advice and dropped about $150 on dog toys alone. Never had an issue with chewing things he shouldn't. Ropes, Kongs, soft toys, toys with nubs, bones, etc.; I gave it to him and he loved them all. Never give her old shoes or clothes to chew on, because she will not know the difference between something new of yours and old castaways used for toys. Her toys are HERS, your things are yours.

    She's going to have about 2 settings until she's 4-5 months old: crazy puppy and sleepy, out cold. To get your puppy sleepy, you need to play and walk her. Puppies are a lot of work, and she needs a good routine, and needs to be exhausted both mentally AND physically.

    Did you understand math or reading the first time you tried? NO, you learned by repetition and practicing. It's the same with a dog. You have to repeat, you have to hold firm, and you have to be consistent with training. 9 weeks old? It will take her a while to get it, but you cannot get complacent. You can't. She will need constant training, redirection, patience, and love to get you through this. 

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