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:?: okay, I just got a 5 weeks old american bull dog he was alittle week when we got him,but we have been able to nurse him back to health. The last two days he has started grouling when kissed on the head. this seems to upset him, and he tries to nip at my face. Am i overeacting or do I have a dog with aggression problems that I will have to face later on? My worry is that I have a 6 yr old child in the home.

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Well we had the same problem with my pup Moose. We got him at 5 weeks and all was good EXCEPT when we would put him on his back or try to snuggle him and he didn't want to. He would growl and start to get aggressive. We would pin him down or keep snuggling him and when he would react we would tell him in a VERY firm voice NO! This went on only a couple of time and he relized that it was not the behavoir we wanted and he doesn't do it anymore. He is 10 months now and the best dog. Oh forgot he tried it the other day withmy husband (snapped and tried to bite) and all [email protected]#$ broke loose. My husband corrected him to the point that Moose was VERY submissive to him when he approached him and that was it no more agression. Be sstrong and firm and good luck. The pup is very young and can be molded to a good behaving dog. I'm sure others on the board like Lisa, Richard or Carrie who have a lot of experience will put their thoughts in here to.
 

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I'm sure others on the board like Lisa, Richard or Carrie who have a lot of experience will put their thoughts in here to.
Richard? Are you serious Debs? He was booted from this board a couple months ago when I called him on his training credentials and he went bullisitic and started calling me and others, including Root, vulagar, obscene names. How did you miss that..LOL! Richard trained about as many dogs as I have flown airplanes. That was obvious from the get go and that's why I conintued to call him on all his wild claims because I could not bare to see him offer bad advice (that could be dangerous to some) any longer.

Gingerlee, you pup is very young now and to be honest, I am not really sure what advice to offer you other than to be sure you do not under any cirucmstances leave children unsupervised with your puppy at any time. This should be a rule even when you think you own a dog that is totally trustworthy. Perhaps start handfeeding the puppy to teach it respect. I hand feed my puppies for the first 4 or 5 months I have them, no bowl!! Although I am training for competetion sports, I still believe this is a great way to bond with your dog and teach it to respect you. Make yourself the food source. Feed puppy a handful of food everytime it looks at you for now. Once it gets a little older you can start teaching it sits and downs all with its daily food ration!!! It could just be dominance behaviour and this could be a way of solving that. If you try this method and your pup is still exhibiting these behaviours then maybe it is fear based aggression rather than dominance? I would watch the puppy closely for the next several months. Perhaps PeterC has some better advice? I have never had to deal with a pup so young so I am not really sure.
 

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I am just surprised people buy a pup at 5 weeks old. this is quite young to taken away from siblings and the mother. They learn at that age for the mother to put them in their place and the sbilings too as well. I fine that too young to go to a pet home. BUt on the other side of things.Puppies can be dominant and soemtimes mistaken for aggression. I would take the pup to a professional trainer who trains Abs and see what they think. Try a way to make the puppy feel safe and want to be with you. This could even be a temperament issue
 

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Jeeze thats a tuffy esp at 5 weeks, I'm thinking maybe treat him the same as his mom wud have done, give him alittle shake on the neck with your fingers, maby SAJoseph can ansa this one as she has mom and pups atm.

You see, if they stay with their parent till 12 weeks they learn all this sort of stuff from mum and litter mates, so I would try to act more like a mother dog atm. He'll need lots of socialising and get ready to be treated as a fellow litter mate!
 

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Thank you for all of your advice. I posted a picture for you all.
I do realize I got him very young, He was not doing well with his mother and a 13 pup litter. But I will follow all of your advice (especially about hand feeding). And I'm sure I will be back for more help.
Thank You
 

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Tia said:
I am just surprised people buy a pup at 5 weeks old. this is quite young to taken away from siblings and the mother. They learn at that age for the mother to put them in their place and the sbilings too as well. I fine that too young to go to a pet home. BUt on the other side of things.Puppies can be dominant and soemtimes mistaken for aggression. I would take the pup to a professional trainer who trains Abs and see what they think. Try a way to make the puppy feel safe and want to be with you. This could even be a temperament issue
TIA took the words right out my mouth ~! :wink:
 

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Roxy said:
Jeeze thats a tuffy esp at 5 weeks, I'm thinking maybe treat him the same as his mom wud have done, give him alittle shake on the neck with your fingers, maby SAJoseph can ansa this one as she has mom and pups atm.

You see, if they stay with their parent till 12 weeks they learn all this sort of stuff from mum and litter mates, so I would try to act more like a mother dog atm. He'll need lots of socialising and get ready to be treated as a fellow litter mate!
WE had a puppy come in at about 5-6 weeks old with the same problem and that is exactly what Doc B said to do. She advised to hard stare the puppy and never let the puppy win! Putting it on his/her back so show your dominance. He/She needs to know that you are the boss and that behavior is not acceptable. I don't know if this is correct as it does come from a vet and not an actual "Trainer"....any thoughts? ???Lisa?
 

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Roxy said:
Jeeze thats a tuffy esp at 5 weeks, I'm thinking maybe treat him the same as his mom wud have done, give him alittle shake on the neck with your fingers, maby SAJoseph can ansa this one as she has mom and pups atm.

You see, if they stay with their parent till 12 weeks they learn all this sort of stuff from mum and litter mates, so I would try to act more like a mother dog atm. He'll need lots of socialising and get ready to be treated as a fellow litter mate!
WE had a puppy come in at about 5-6 weeks old with the same problem and that is exactly what Doc B said to do. She advised to hard stare the puppy and never let the puppy win! Putting it on his/her back so show your dominance. He/She needs to know that you are the boss and that behavior is not acceptable. I don't know if this is correct as it does come from a vet and not an actual "Trainer"....any thoughts? ???Lisa?
Roxs was 5weeks when she left her Mum, had to be done for the safety of the pups....long story. She lived with her sis for until she was 6 weeks and then to me.

I alpha roled Roxs when she was little, but nevered stared at her whilst I did it, just held her clamly. I mainly used a firm no!
 

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When I got my boy Clutch he was the same way. He was a doll unless you put your face near his face or tryed to pick him up. If you would go to give him a kiss he would growl and if you did not move he would snap at your face. We just constantly corrected him and we would grab him up by the scruff and tell No very sternly. We had to do this for 3-4 weeks until he stopped doing it. Now he is 6 months old and you can do what you want with him. You are just going to have to stay on top of him....and do not allow him to so this. I had people tell me to put my dog down and all kind of things because they all said agression that early is a bad sign...I would never do this and I worked with him daily to correct this behavior.
 

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I have never had a pup do this maybe i am lucky not sure. I do see a trend of people having problems with their puppies because they r getting them too young. Could be the breeding,breeders,temperment,environment,raising
must see a professional deffinatly dont take advise from a board we r here to show you the way take the advice and go see someone
I hope for the best
very cute pup :p
 
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