My 9wk old shih tzu puppy keeps nipping at my 2 labs !

by Heather

My shih tzu puppy, Gizmo loves to play and can seem aggressive in play sometimes with a lot of barking etc he does two bad things that I don't like, he keeps going after my 2 adult Labrador retrievers, he bites their legs while they walk, their tails, ears etc. I'm not sure if he just wants to play or if he is trying to be dominant over them. All I know is they put up with it, but they don't like it and I don't want them to one day bite him because he does get rough and they are so much bigger! Also sometimes when your holding him he will nip at your face without you expecting it, he doesn't hurt but I don't like that behavior especially as he gets bigger, but I don't know how to stop him because when we tell him no, he barks louder sometimes and barks more aggressively. Does that mean he already has small dog syndrome??! Help!

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by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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