Play time and aggressive behavior - 10 weeks
Hi Again EVeryone,
Thanks for all the welcoming responses and kindness to us and our new puppy, Apollo. I have an additional specific question regarding Apollo and his play and aggressive behavoir. He is now close to 10 weeks old, we have had him 2 weeks as of tomorrow.
We play with him, run and he chases, lots of tug of war and play with his many toys. We have several in the family so he gets a lot of time out of the crate. My wife and youngest son are home all day so no shortage of time. He is kenneled at night and sometimes for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at a time for a couple of times a day the rest of the time he is being played with, loved on, or cuddled while he naps next to one of us on the couch or on my son's bed :)
Anyway, 2 things are happening that I want to double check on. WHen he really gets worked up playing, he relentlessly leaves the toys for our feet, pants when they are moving. We correct the biting with a "no" and redirect to a toy. Sometimes the "no" isn't enough and he comes after our appendages with even more Doberman intention. We have tried the scruff of the neck mommy dog grab with "no" works sometimes. If we put our hands in his mouth against his lips he will let go with a little yelp - mind you we are very gentle and careful. He really can get quite aggressive barking and coming after our legs and hands sometimes growling even more after the correction if he is really worked up.
We are telling him "kisses" when our face is near him and about 50% of the time, he changes to kissing, so he is getting the message there slow but sure.
Sometimes when we hold him and he wants down, if restrained he will let out a real growl and a yelp. And that growl with a snap bite that seems a little different than the playful one. I know that he is aggressive and rough and we think much of this is cute but want to make sure we are not doing the wrong thing in our play and/or we need to correct differently, more aggressively. We are not afraid to discipline but we think of him as a baby and don't want to do the wrong thing, we alos don't want to allow the wrong behavoir.
Any input or correction from more experienced Doberman owners/trainers is welcome.