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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Hello everyone,

This is my first time writing so forgive me in advance for any redundancy.

Our Vizsla Blaze (not to be confused with another Blaze I read of in this forum) is 9 weeks old and we have him a little over 1 week. While playing outside with him, I went to pick him up and he growled aggressively and snapped back to bite my hand (or anything he could get his teeth on). This happened again with my son. Blaze was chewing on a pigs ear and my son picked him up to put him in the car. Again, Blaze growled aggressively and actually bit him on the face and hand breaking the skin. My son put Blaze down, who then went right back to his pigs ear. I immediately approached the dog and removed him from the pigs ear. Sure enough he tried the same on me so I pinned him until he submitted, but not without inflicting a strong skin ripping bite to my thumb.

I called the breeder who acknowledged this is not normal Vizsla behavior. This actually made my wife and me feel worse about our situation because it made us start to believe we may have a "not quite right" Vizsla on our hands. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this sort of aggression and lashing out and how they dealt with it. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 03:22 PM
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

That definitely seems out of the ordinary, for any 8 week old pup. How was your pup raised by the breeder? Have they offered to give you another pup out of the litter?

On another note, pigs ears are bad for dogs, especially puppies. You are setting yourself up for some bad diarrhea, and possible intestinal blockages.

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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

wow, you better fix that before he stays like that forever, my v's i can hug them while they're eating and they won't budge :3
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Oddly enough, we purposely put our fingers in Blazes bowl while he's eating and he's totally fine with it. We're not giving him pigs ears anymore either. Heard many good and bad things about them so why chance it. I was hoping to hear that this sort of behavior may occur due to his age and the fact that he's only been with us just over a week. Other than those 2 incidents, he's a great and loving pup.
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

You did the right thing by pinning him. The aggressive behavior is a dominance thing and you need to make sure that he knows that you are the Alpha in the pack. We used this on our male Rottie years ago and called it 'dominance down'. It worked great he grew up to be a very well behaved XXL dog. ;D

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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Hi,

no problems with Peanut at he moment, just puppy nipping in excitement, but could someone explain how to pin down safely, just in case. Also when do you know they have submitted properly?

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 08:33 AM
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

I just put him on the floor and pin him down by the throat, you'll know he submits as he doesn't move and looks very worried!! I don't seem to have to do it at all nowadays! Only when he was very young
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Lots of nipping and biting is normal at this stage. Not so sure about the growling. Maybe you should hand feed him for awhile. Specifically have your son hand feed him. Let him know that if he's patient good things will come from you.
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Same thing happened with our puppy ...

We gave him a treat that he was chewing on and we went to go get it and he growled and nipped and bit at me ... my husband did the pinning thing and we said NO! He did it two other times, but each time we would play "who is the boss". We then started to give him a different treat to get the raw-hide or whatever he has away from him ... he drops it right away and we say good boy. Since we've been doing that, he has not growled or anything. We can actually hold the raw-hide/bone in our hand now and he'll chew on it ... try that ... try holding it for him and not physically giving it to him.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 8 week old - aggressive growling and biting

Makes us feel better knowing it didn't just happen to us - not that I wish it to happen to anyone. We've been having our son hand feed him and so far so good. I will try the toy/treat swap and see how he reacts.

Anyone notice if their V likes to be on his/her own when chewing their toy?

Thanks for the feedback!
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