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    I got our baby, Hank last thursday when he was only 5 weeks old. Over the last few days Hank will growl, turn his head and bite me. Not nip, bite. His bite my face twice when i kick him up. It took me by surprise. He is only 3+ pounds and is so so very cute. But that level of aggression at this age has me worried.

    He had to taken away from his mom early because she had medical issues. he was the smallest in his liter.

    Hank is not my first boy puppy. We had a 13 year old, 100 pound Weimaraner who wanted to be alpha. So i understand the need for me to exhibit the alpha role, but i had no clue that it was need this early. I'm worried about children coming to the house.

    Please advise me on how to stop this behavioral.

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    Well I don't really know how to advise you on a 5wk old baby. They are usually still under the direction and care of the mom. I do know that this is normal behavior for an 8-10wk and on bully. How to correct it at this age, I have no idea. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkwill View Post
    I got our baby, Hank last thursday when he was only 5 weeks old. Over the last few days Hank will growl, turn his head and bite me. Not nip, bite. His bite my face twice when i kick him up. It took me by surprise. He is only 3+ pounds and is so so very cute. But that level of aggression at this age has me worried.

    He had to taken away from his mom early because she had medical issues. he was the smallest in his liter.

    Hank is not my first boy puppy. We had a 13 year old, 100 pound Weimaraner who wanted to be alpha. So i understand the need for me to exhibit the alpha role, but i had no clue that it was need this early. I'm worried about children coming to the house.

    Please advise me on how to stop this behavioral.

    Tammy
    hi tammy

    are you sure 5 weeks?
    In the uk they stay with there mom until 8 weeks,

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    sounds like you've got a nipper there, just do what you said and be the alpha when he bites make a loud yelping sound and hopefully he'll get the message. 5 weeks is super young.

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    Absolutely sure he's five weeks. Well now he's almost 6. I knew we were getting him too early but the lady who has Hank's mom and dad into labor unexpectedly. Hank's mom had to have surgery on her one of her teets and has been segregated for a week or so. He started eating solid food at that time.

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    He is super young and super smart. He sleeps through the night and knows that outside he goes potty and when he's done he walks to the back door and sits to go back in.

    What about the - roll him on his back and hold him there until he stops growling? I haven't done that i just read it somewhere.

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    So young. I'm wondering if he's trying to figure out the way. Most pups that age are still being directed by their liter mates and Mom.
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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    That's was i think too. I read that at this age is the time the mom and sibling teach socialization. It's just that I didn't know that puppy's this age got so mad.

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    I don't know who the breeder was you bought him from but shame on them they should have never let that puppy go to his new home at that young. Most pups at that age are weaned off of mom but they learn ALOT of there socialization and behavior from mom and there siblings. At that age you cant even take him anywhere to socialize him. Has he had any of his shots ?
    Puppies at that get very nippy and since they have no siblings they think of you as one and don't realize that this is not something they should be doing. Your best recourse would be to make a sharp yelping sound when he becomes aggressive and redirect with a toy.

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    I agree. He is to young. He was wormed but my vet said that he's to young for shots. He has only been to the vet and my house. I'm not even letting people come to my home for fear that they will give him something.

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    Default Re: Only 5 ˝ weeks old and shows aggression...?

    The negative behavior just started. He is mostly so sweet and loving and the love of my life.

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    Wish there was some way you could bring him to another litter daily to play and be around them.

    Or other dogs -but that's too risky because he doesn't have all his shots yet.

    Try to brainstorm options in your area. Any privately owned households with dogs that have all their shots and you know are healthy?

    Any chance you can bring Hank back to the breeder daily to be around other dogs and play?

    The "OUCH!" technique really worked with Baxter. It will take a couple thousand repeats, but eventually they'll realize they can't bite human skin. Are you sure its aggression and not just rough puppy play? Believe me, they bite...

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