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Categories: Puppy Biting/Chewing

Q. My pup has a serious temper when she is playing. What should I do?
Hi, I recently bought an 8 week full beagle pup. She has a serious temper when she is playing with us. She will actually hiss like a cat, show her teeth and draw blood if she gets us. I'm concerned I’m playing too hard with her that’s why, but even if she’s chewing a wire and I try and get her from that she will really growl. Not all the time is she mean but I’m afraid she will never get out of this behavior. She will let us put our hand in her dish with food. And kiss us and play but one minute she’s doing good then next she’s biting, growling and her tail is under her. Please email me back. Thanks.

A. The key to successfully raising a puppy is by controlling the environment (so she can’t chew wires) and teaching her good follower skills. Your puppy is simply interacting with you like she would interact with her littermates.

I would read this "The Groundwork to Becoming Your Puppy's Pack Leader."

I would recommend Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

We also have a number of free eBooks that may interest you.

There is one on puppy biting.

I hope this helps.
  
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