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Play or Aggression?
I've posted about this in the past, but I figured better to post a new thread. Jack is going on 17 weeks now. Training is going well, except for the biting. I am aware Doberpups play harder, are biters, and mouthy, but I just want to clarify. Randomly, Jack will start nipping at clothes, shoes, he'll jump to get shirts, arms, anything he can get his mouth on. He's losing teeth every day so we know he's still teething. When you correct him, he wines and growls and jumps back to nip. The other day, he was just on the couch chewing a bully stick, and just went after my wife's arm. He bit hard and caused pretty much instant bruising and swelling on her arm. Then he wants to keep going. He's 42 lbs at just over 4 months old, and his "play bites" hurt. (My wife more than me) He doesn't show any other forms of aggression. We play with his food while eating, we take chews away from him, he's a very good boy. We just want to make sure this isn't aggression. Sometimes he does a play bow, sometimes he doesn't. Maybe we don't see it because he starts nipping at legs and escalates it from there? He's a good boy, we just want to make sure he's not showing signs of aggression. Our vet says he has a great demeanor and will not be aggressive. Our trainers say that he is not aggressive at all either. But I don't feel that he will exhibit this behavior with others as he does with us. Is he going into his teen age? Should we be concerned about aggression?I'm sorry if this is a repetitive post, just really had to get it out there again. Thanks all.
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