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My growling JRT

Posted by:  Tracy Dreisch
Category:   Aggression
Posted on:  March 19, 2002 at 08:11:55

Question:

I have a nine week old male JRT named T-Bone. The first day or two he was an angel puppy. Now that he is comfortable with his new home he is going wild. He is constantly nipping and bitting everyone and everything, especially clothing, towels, rugs, etc. We have tried distractions and also pinning him down until he is calm. However, the minute we put him down he starts up again. We try praise when he is not bitting, but those times are rare. Now he is also growling. I think it is a play growl when he is excited. Is a play growl okay or should it be corrected? He has also growled at me a few times when I have held him down for bitting. I then held him down even more until he stopped. I feel like I am constantly correcting him. Help!

Tracy Dreisch, Miami, Florida