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Growling zoomies

Sometimes Chester gets the zoomies and it may not be everyday but when he does it's the usual running back and forth but latley he's been growling while hes on them. When he was a puppy I would love it when he got them but recently I think the opposite. He growls and I try to stay still or move to the side and he would come and bite at me or whoever is by him. I know he isn't meaning to but I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences this and what should I do? I would also like to know why the growling and biting happens now where as when he was a pup it was just back and forth.


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He just wants to play. Bella does it too. 99% of the time, she's a fairly mellow dog, but she gets a bit out of hand with this. Fortunately, is always outside. She doesn't bite at me anymore when she does it, because the last time she did that, I sprayed her with a water bottle. I just keep it my pocket when she's off leash in the yard. She knows its there.


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My Georgie does something we call growlies. He is 10.5 years, but has done this since a pup, when he gets excited, he picks up a toy and prances with it, making soft growl noises. There is absolutely no aggression associated with it. In fact, he is the sweetest boy.... No possessive issues at all.. He just happens to be vocal.

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I'd go with playing, but the biting part is not appropriate play with a human. We learned a good trick at dog school last week. (This is our fourth time through basic. Yes, four. And we're finally moving on to class 2!) All the other instructors had us call our dog and then grab the collar. This is pretty tricky with a ramped up, mouthy golden like mine. First he gets himself worked up by practically flying at me (at least he has an enthusiastic recall), then swings his mouth around when I reach around his head. This instructor doesn't have us grab the collar. Instead, we say "Casper, Come, Touch" and put our hand out for a Touch when he gets near. This works wonders. Casper has a great Touch command, so he comes flying over and bounces his nose on my hand. Instead of his feet on my stomach or some such other nonsense. Actually, he doesn't jump on my stomach anymore. When I use the official Front command, he runs up to me and bounces his nose on my stomach and then sits. I wonder how many points I'll lose if I ever get him in the obedience ring.

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I'd go with playing, but the biting part is not appropriate play with a human. We learned a good trick at dog school last week. (This is our fourth time through basic. Yes, four. And we're finally moving on to class 2!) All the other instructors had us call our dog and then grab the collar. This is pretty tricky with a ramped up, mouthy golden like mine. First he gets himself worked up by practically flying at me (at least he has an enthusiastic recall), then swings his mouth around when I reach around his head. This instructor doesn't have us grab the collar. Instead, we say "Casper, Come, Touch" and put our hand out for a Touch when he gets near. This works wonders. Casper has a great Touch command, so he comes flying over and bounces his nose on my hand. Instead of his feet on my stomach or some such other nonsense. Actually, he doesn't jump on my stomach anymore. When I use the official Front command, he runs up to me and bounces his nose on my stomach and then sits. I wonder how many points I'll lose if I ever get him in the obedience ring.
This is awesome! I would love to teach Chester touch


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Touch is a good command. It works for so many things... Things that you want a hand target for....and my Georgie,who as a young pup could be a bit of a handful (unfortunately my kids looooved to chase him, so keep away was a grand game) would come to me when I said, "touch".

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I do use things like breath spray or a spray bottle to discourage biting...

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Touch is an easy and dogs seem to love it. There are several ways to teach it, usually you lure the dog to one hand to touch and treat with the other hand. In dog class, the demo dog would just bounce his head from one hand to another! Once the dog is good at Touch, you can move him all around following your hand.

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Loki does touch with his paw, but have not taught to touch with his nose. Guess that must be harder. Up to about 17 weeks old, he would have these zoomie attacks ...no growling but went crazy with a soft toy & then would leap about & try to bite us ...would not listen to any commands & drew blood on my DH several times. Used to be a nightly occurrence & would also target his papillon mate. Only way we could deal with it, was a few mins Timeout in his ex pe. & then he would calm right down & be very contrite. Thankfully, we have not seen this rather horrid behaviour for a few weeks. Sorry to hear Chester is doing it. Perhaps he will respond to Timeout, as Loki did.
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Loki does touch with his paw, but have not taught to touch with his nose. Guess that must be harder. Up to about 17 weeks old, he would have these zoomie attacks ...no growling but went crazy with a soft toy & then would leap about & try to bite us ...would not listen to any commands & drew blood on my DH several times. Used to be a nightly occurrence & would also target his papillon mate. Only way we could deal with it, was a few mins Timeout in his ex pe. & then he would calm right down & be very contrite. Thankfully, we have not seen this rather horrid behaviour for a few weeks. Sorry to hear Chester is doing it. Perhaps he will respond to Timeout, as Loki did.
I've been working all morning with chester to teach touch and he seems to love it. once my boyfriend comes home I'm going to practice it with him greeting chester with touch instead of the jumping on top of us. For some reason with chester anything that has to do with him moving his paw it's harder to teach. I try teaching shake and he just wouldn't move his paw. I tried showing the treat in one hand closed and waited but he just wouldn't go for it with his paw or nose. I'll have to talk to my trainer saturday and see what can i do because he uses his paws to open his crate door.
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