Puppy behaviors can be precursors to adult behavior. Listed first is the puppy behavior followed by the corresponding adult behavior.
Dog snaps in the air toward a person — Will usually progress to biting skin.
Growling for any reason other than play — Mean to people who try to get him to do things he doesn’t want to do.
Cannot be left alone, even for short periods of time, without going to the bathroom or chewing something — Separation anxiety: dog may destroy house if left alone.
Hides under furniture and will not come out (may growl if you try to get him) — Fearful dog who will bite when worried.
Dog stops eating, freezes, and/or stares if you approach while he is eating — Food – or toy-possessive dog who cannot be approached while eating.
Dog who cannot be handled by the vet (growls, snarls, or snaps) — Dog must be muzzled to prevent aggression when handled.
Watch your puppy’s behavior around areas where there is food. Early signs of aggression in puppies include being possessive over toys and food.
Early socialization is key! The most important time for socialization for a dog is 8-14 weeks.Consult your local trainer and get started right away. It will last a life time.
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