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how to tell if puppy is getting aggressive?

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by timbob1988, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. timbob1988

    timbob1988 Puppy

    Hello everyone. I just recently got my first pitbull puppy. When him and I are playing tug of war he sometimes growls. Another thing, he gets into these biting moods where he runs around biting including myself. How to tell if he's for sure being aggressive?
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    How old is the pup?

    This breed can be vocal at times while playing. When he gets in the biting moods, give the pup a stern "no" and re-direct the pup to a toy. Either that, or give a stern "no" and walk away for a few minutes. Be patient and persistent.
  3. timbob1988

    timbob1988 Puppy

    The pup is 10 weeks old. He has no food aggression or toy aggression just the biting sometimes seems aggressive.
  4. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Other folks on here might have ideas on how to evaluate for aggression, but in my experience, puppies are bitey creatures until we teach them otherwise, and it's almost never an aggression problem, just a maturity and training one. There is a good sticky thread about helping your puppy control his biting, which is a very important skill:
    Bite Inhibition

    As for the growling, I think most dogs growl when they play, and pit bulls seem to be especially growly, and again, I haven't seen it linked to aggression in my experience. Griffin and I both growl like crazy when we play tug, and it makes the game that much more fun!

    Tug is awesome for teaching lots of useful things, and something you can try is, when your pup gets really growly and worked up, ask for a "drop it", reward him when he does, and take a time out for him to calm down. Learning to calm himself down and listen to you in the middle of excitement is really useful.

    Here is a page on teaching "leave it" and "drop it", which are both things you can practice with the tug game:
    Training Your Dog to Drop It and Leave It - New Pictures & Video

  5. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Sounds like normal puppy behaviour. Work on bite inhibition and try to keep him stimulated.
  6. mamad21975

    mamad21975 Puppy

    Most of my dogs whether they were a pit bull or not would growl when playing tug of war. I am sure he is just being loud with his play. Based on what you have said he seems to be acting like a normal puppy to me.
  7. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    Not aggression but a puppy being a puppy they are extremely rough with each other from the beginning. It's up to you to train him that it's not OK to bite people. The easiest way to do that is with other dogs, 1 day with older dogs made him into a sweet angel that didn't nip
  8. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    ^ 1000

    Some dogs are very vocal; half the fun of our tug of war games is who can make the most noise. :grin:

    Here is a very good,reference to get you started:
    Culture Clash
  9. bull_dog_lover_71

    bull_dog_lover_71 Little Dog

  10. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    I think what you have described is part of the package. My male staffy mouthed and bit quite a bit to the point of frustration. We worked on bite inhibition with a clickerand it helped. Swiper is 3 now and hes finally showing some maturity and has calmed down alot with the mouthing and he plays alot more tender when I wrestle him with my legs and feet.
    Be patient.
  11. fgcchevy

    fgcchevy Puppy

    My pup Sarge growls when he gets excited to see someone, is this normal? His tail and his body shaking in a happy state the whole time, just a short growl once n a while. Tia
  12. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    Some pups are vocal Mine only growls when we play tug and I growl at him first. While the other blue boy in the litter was super vocal always whining/crying
  13. This sounds normal to. Me... Remember they are teething also.... Just make sure you have toys for her to bite on. Once she bites you (witch she's playing btw).tell her NO!.

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