Play biting (ok I get it he's a pup) but an aggressive snap at me????

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We received 10 week old Tai a week ago, and it's been a challenge to say the least. Although he is learning things at a rapid pase, his play biting (mouthing) is gradually getting worse.  Like I said in subject title I get it he's a puppy and he's playing but today while walking him outside he snapped at me.  He was pulling me towards the front door and when I tried to stop he growled and attempted to bite me. I was flabbergasted, and in a bit of a shock.  I gave him a stern no and sat on my porch to calm him down and show him I wasn't going to do what he wanted at that moment.  When I walked in the house and told my wife she also told me in a sad/concerned voice that she too was snapped on today.  She said he was play biting ALOT(even after being given several chew toys to encourage him to bite a toy not a person,which seemed to be working till today) to a point where she held his snout and said no bite(as we always do, and it seemed to be working)when he began to growl and tried to bite her.  We believe this is a dominance thing.  He's the only male in a all female household.  Any advice on how to deter this behavior.  We don't hit him or make aggressive threats towards him but need to know when/if be snaps again how do we establish dominance? 

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look up the 5 golden rules of being the pack leader online. It's too much for me to put down on here and there is video to go along with it. I learned a whole lot from the online trainer about pack leadership. Stuff I had no idea. Dobermans as a breed wil certainly try to run things. Try not to show any sort of reaction or emotion, fear or anxiety, he will sense that and use it as well. Good luck! keep us posted. With enough, training, patience and maybe some wine, you'll get through these early days!

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Thank you, Astewtru...we will definately be checking that out.  Last thing I want is to have him thinking he's the boss.  Our family has his best interest in mind and will do most anything to help him grow into a happy, healthy and loving dog... 

 

 

Hi he is just being a puppy doberman . It's not easy . Esp with a boy they can be stronger willed . They can be nasty little horrors . Keep going re direct & amuse him / train / exersise as much as you can . It will get better . Think we all been there ! Good luck .