Help please! Puppy suddenly jumping and biting on walk.

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  1. Poppy2606

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    Hi, I have a 4 month old lovely black lab. She is sweet as anything 90% of the time. But today on our walk, on the way back she started jumping up trying to bite my clothes and growling. At one point she got a hold of my hand and She bit it so hard and wouldn’t let go that I have really deep puncture wounds on my hand.

    Normally she will walk to heel and walks really nicely on her lead, I don’t know why she did this. It’s really upset me as I’ve grown up with dogs and this has never happened before with any dogs I’ve had.

    To make it worse people were walking past and staring at me as I tried to control her but she just kept grabbing my clothes and biting me. I have bad social anxiety so this has really shaken me up. I don’t know if she was playing or being aggressive but she was not biting gently she was biting HARD. It’s made me a bit scared to take her on a walk incase she does it again. But as soon as we got home she was sweet as anything!

    I tried getting her to walk to heel with treats but she wasn’t having any of it, that’s when she took the opportunity to grab my hand I tried stoppping and waiting for her to calm down but she just grabbed my coat and started growling at me. I tried walking and just ignoring her but she just kept jumping and biting my sleeve.

    I don’t know what to do?? Help please !!
     
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    Update: booked her in for dogs trust training classes to help with the lead issues hopefully . They don’t start until December though so hopefully things aren’t too bad until then
     
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    Hi Poppy! Great news about the classes. In the meantime, there are many similar posts on here which may have some useful advise. It seems as though some lab puppies can be fairly 'orrible, but chances are, she just found this really funny and wasn't being aggressive. Lead walking can be incredibly dull for a puppy so she may have just been amusing herself. Make sure you are doing plenty of brain games with her.
     
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    Thanks! It was on the way back from the park where we’d just been playing fetch and doing some training, so part of me thinks she just didn’t want to go home !
    She’s also been running around with a bunch of other dogs so I think she was just extra excited and had too much fun! Today I walked a different way home then usual so it was some new environments and it seemed to distract her with all the new sights and smells!

    She’s never really acted like it before so it kinda shocked me as she is a really sweet dog who just loves everyone and wants to spend most of the time cuddling !
     
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    She could have been tired. They act up horribly at that age when they need a nap. Went through the same issues with my little monster. She grew out of it by 7 months.
     
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    Thanks! I think that might be it too. Normally when she’s tired she will start jumping up because she wants me or my partner to carry her cause she’s too tired to keep walking. But the biting was a new thing she’s never done before! Maybe I’ll reduce the time in the park, we usually spend about 20-30 minutes but she does a lot of running around with her doggy friends and chasing balls so it might be a bit much for her !

    Thanks :)! Just 3 more months until she starts to settle a bit then
     
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    Well went for a walk today (my partner walks her at weekends) and on the way home she was doing it again, pulling my coat and jumping up and trying to bite me. Nothing I tried works she’s just determined, I don’t know what to do as im worried she’ll get in the road by accident
     
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    I was going to say do some heel training on the way back then reread the post.
    Take something really tasty with you like chicken or sausage and save it for the training on the walk home. A lot of it is just over excitement.
     
  9. Lucy Hopkins

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    My male lab puppy (now 8 months) used to do this on walks. It's like he became demented, I have had a few ripped coats as a result. It used to really bother me too, I felt like people would be looking at me as though I couldnt control my evil dog. Funnily enough, he did not do it to my partner, because he see's him as boss and me as his playmate, and i think this was ultimately the problem. If it helps, I think it is 'playing' to the puppy, due to the high of being on the walk it's quite extreme 'over excitement' if you will; followed by frustration / rebelling as as result of you not playing back and telling them off. He has now grown out of this and prefers to do his own thing on walks. i found completely ignoring him while he was off the lead helped, so I didn't wind him up. Hope she grows out of it soon for you!! You're not on your own.
     
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    @Poppy2606 Try taking a toy that you keep just for the walk home and give it to your dog to carry as soon as you clip the lead back on to head home.

    @Lucy Hopkins I really wouldn't ignore your dog when he's off-lead. This is the time to play with him, to build your relationship, so that you become the focus for all fun things. If you continue to ignore your dog, he is going to go off and find interest with other dogs or other people.
     
  11. Lucy Hopkins

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    @Joy I guess it depends on your dog, but I disagree. My dog loves to wonder off and do things dogs do on walks. He jumps through puddles, swims in ponds, sniffs bushes, plays with other dogs, runs about, finds sticks etc and he loves this. He doesn't need to stay by my side nor does he crave my attention as he's distracted by other things.

    When he was a young pup if I started to play with him whilst out, he was already excited to be on the walk and then the over excitement added by me interacting, caused him to jump at me and bite/grab my clothes etc as he thought it was a game. During this time playing at home and only ball / stick throwing on walks (rather than winding him up with calling his name or touching him) was a better approach personally.

    You have not read my comment properly as he has now grown out of this behaviour, and we do not 'ignore' our dog generally, he is very much interacted with. Not winding him up on walks has proven successful, my clothes stayed intact and he's still very much interested in us / a very happy boy - we are a major source of fun for him just not in this particular scenario. I think engaging with this type of behaviour only encourages it, and how I handled it helped him to learn that his 'game' got no reaction therefore to play in other ways.
     
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    I'm glad that you interact with your dog @Lucy Hopkins and that you are happy together. In your post you said that 'completely ignoring him when he was off lead helped' and it was that comment that I was responding to. I'm not suggesting 'winding a dog up' is a good thing, but I do think that engaging in activities together (as well as allowing your dog to amble and sniff) is the way to build a relationship. So a walk might include formal retrieving, a game of tug, a bit of heelwork, a game of catch etc.
     

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