Why Is My Puppy Aggressive Towards Me?

Is it normal for puppies to be aggressive?

Puppies can play rough.

Puppy play consists of chasing, pouncing, barking, growling and biting.

Many pet owners mistake normal play behavior as aggression or laugh off behavior that is a warning sign for truly aggressive behavior.

It isn’t normal brain development for a puppy to do that to people or other dogs..

What are signs of aggression in puppies?

The most common aggressive puppy behavior warning signs include snarling, growling, mounting, snapping, nipping, lip curling, lunging, dominance, challenging stance, dead-eye stare, aggressive barking, possessiveness, and of course, biting! Everyone is all excited; there’s a new puppy in the house!

Why is my dog being aggressive towards me all of a sudden?

Illness and Injury Some medical conditions can cause dogs to become aggressive. If a dog that has never shown any sign of aggression suddenly begins growling, snapping, or biting, it may be caused by a disease or illness. Pain is an especially common cause of aggression in dogs.

What causes a puppy to become aggressive?

Fear is the most common reason for dogs to behave aggressively toward other dogs. Fear-based behavior often occurs through a lack of proper socialization, past negative experiences with other dogs, or abuse at the hands of previous owners.

How do you discipline a puppy for biting?

When you play with your puppy, let him mouth on your hands. Continue play until he bites especially hard. When he does, immediately give a high-pitched yelp, as if you’re hurt, and let your hand go limp. This should startle your puppy and cause him to stop mouthing you, at least momentarily.

How do you assert dominance over a puppy?

Do not let him take positions above you. Dogs have a literal sense of hierarchy; if he is up on the couch looking down at you he will feel more dominant. In a social pack, the alpha dog would never let that happen unless it was during invited play. Play – Control games; whether it is fetch, tug, keep a way etc.