Puppy starting to be aggressive?

I have a Chinese Crested puppy that is soon to be 7 weeks. She is very sweet and playful and loves being next to me at all times. When I first got her she was getting to know our family and wanted to be on my lap most of the time or hiding under covers (she gets cold easy). Now that she is use to my family she seems to be coming out of her shell more and playing a lot more. We have bones, toys, treats for her and she plays with them. She plays for a little bit and then sleeps off and on through out the day. She has started getting really energetic and was barking a lot so I was trying to calm her down because I just put my baby to bed. I was already playing with her with her favorite toy, but she started getting out of control and biting and barking. I know puppies like to bite, but she was out for blood. I told her no and held her in my hand firmly. She started growling and just wouldn’t settle down. Her little heart was beating like crazy and I told her settle down and relax. So I set her down next to me and she started acting crazy again. I put my hand on her back to calm her down and she growled , snarled, and showed her teeth to me and then took a nice couple chunks out of my thumb. She wouldn’t let go either so I had to take my other hand and spank her with it lightly (she has no fur so just a little spank scared her) and she let go. She calmed down immediately and curled up under the covers by me.
Why would she display such aggressive behavior? It seems like lately, the longer I let her play down on the floor and with her toys the more aggressive she becomes and its hard to settle her down. Any tips?
Also, I should add. . . the family I got her from had 3 small children and she has been raised around them all and played with. Its not like she wasn’t socialized or kept in a kennel and not use to people.

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5 Responses to “Puppy starting to be aggressive?”

  1. mcc says:

    Mistake 1 – you’ve had her for a while and she is just going to be 7 weeks. Puppies need the leadership and discipline of their mothers and should not go to new owners until 8-12 weeks.

    Mistake 2 – because of above – this tells me that you may well have gotten this animal from a less than responsible breeder. Which may account for the poor temperament.

    Mistake 3 (THIS ONE YOU CAN FIX) Stop treating your dog like a baby child and get the puppy to training classes as soon as you can. Since she is even too young for puppy K. Put a leash on her and take her for a walk every day – even 2 15 min walks a day will go a long way to help her understand what her role is.

    You act as though she has some understanding of your intent. She is a dog – there is no reason that she would know what you are thinking.

  2. Dog Luver says:

    i cant really tell ebcause im not there to witness this but it seems that this pup is insecure and not very confident try letting her be and comforting her instead of picking her up try thanking of the point in her shoes shes tiny and yall are so big and when she is picked up she gets scared and so she bites when you puut her down then she growls saying im scared but you better not do that again but if you do it again it just builds negative association with you and being carries try kneeling down and say in a soft voice quiet and after a few seconds treat her for being quiet everytime she starts again maybe that will stop the barking and tey not to pick her up anymore :))
    hop it helps

  3. Christy says:

    Your puppy is too young to be away from her mother. She should have been at least 8 weeks old (and preferably 10 -12 since she is a small breed) before you brought her to your home.
    Puppies typically push the envelope with their biting. When they go too far, the mother corrects them with a quick nip and a yelp that startles the puppy. This is how they learn. by taking the pup away too soon, your puppy didn’t have the time to learn this.
    You will have to be a surrogate for her to learn the proper manners. When she bites you or growls, make a sharp, loud noise….like a yelp – flick her on the rear and say "no" firmly. Do it every time until she learns that biting is inappropriate. If you don’t teach her early, you’re going to have a nasty little dog on your hands.

  4. Rosalie says:

    I would return this puppy to the person you bought her from immediately.
    This may be a phase, but it may also be bad breeding. The last thing you need is a dog that has a mean streak around small children – and in fact, this is not a breed I would have suggested for you.

    Seriously, as a breeder who stood by her dogs,. you need to trot this one back to the factory. She’s not an appropriate choice for you at this time, no matter how adept you are at raising a dog, and I fear what she will do when near any small child, puppy or not. Let the breeder handle it – what you need is a larger adult dog that is used to small children, or something bad will happen very soon to one or the other. And I DON’T like the sounds of this puppy at all.

  5. SifuGreg says:

    I’ve seen behavior like this before. Whatever you were doing to "play with her" overstimulated her little mind and threw her into a tizzy. You shouldn’t play rough with her, no games that will escalate her frustration. The MINUTE she starts to amp up or bite, break off all contact with her. Not talking, touching or eye contact. As soon as the dog settles and a couple of minutes has passed, act like nothing has happened. It’s exactly what her litter mates would do :-/

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