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My Ryder is 4 months old now he seems to be very aggressive any time he is around other dogs. I cannot let him around any other pets because he growls and tries to bite. My husband feels he is very agressive around the kids. I feel that he may just be in his puppy mode. Is this normal for basset puppies?
 
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I don't know that it is not normal but I have never experienced it. I wonder if you made it a point to socialize him in a controled situation if that might help. Probably best if it was not at HIS house. Good luck yvonne
 

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I would take him to more public places with other people and dogs (provided he has had his shots) and don't let him engage them, let him just watch at first to see that they are no threat to him they are just going about their own business and then you can start introducing him more or letting more people pet him.
Sounds a bit like puppy mode, Lily was pretty much a growler and a biter when she was younger but she is much better now, I would also recommend a puppy class.
 

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It does sound pretty much like a normal puppy- but definitely time to get on top of things... if he'll let you :) Puppy classes are great to start with also-
 

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I thought Clyde was very aggressive when he was growing up...it was his puppy stage. I did put him in puppy pre-school and we continue with classes. He out grew the aggressiveness at about 6 months and loves other people and dogs.

There is hope!!

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I think it is just his puppy mode too!He just is so calm until he is around other dogs or the children.

Of course my oldest son Christian he is 6 and he likes to "egg Ryder on" and Cayden my 16 month old can pull his tail or try kiss him and he just licks him, so it's almost like he knows his limits with the kids.

It could have been the dogs he was around(poodles,boston terriers,chihuahua)which are not the most laid back dogs.
 

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One article I read said not to let the young children play "rowdy" games with the pup as they tend to think the child is another pup- at least until the dog is older. Our like to play chase with my friend's son who is 10- but they only act psycho with him- the rest of the time their play is directed towards each other :)
 

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Taralynn, my son is also 6 & Giselle is almost 1. She, too, was (& sometimes still is) pretty rough with him.....lots of nipping, jumping, general roughhousing. She is starting to outgrow it a bit, but I never leave the two of them unsupervised & I started having him feed her, let her out when she needs to go out to potty, give her treats for sitting, lying down, etc., and if we take a walk he & I go through the door first, & then her. This helped establish that he is a human, not another puppy. He also has certain rules to follow with her, such as no running past her (she still chases him) & keep his head above her at all times. They still have their moments, but it is starting to morph into a much calmer relationship. Good luck!!
 

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I know that Chip and Dip were very rumbunctious when they were puppiesa and even now they 'wrestle' and playfight a lot. However, I don't know that you and I are meaning the same thing when we use adjectives such as agressive or rumbunctious. Good luck and perhaps some puppy training classes would be beneficial.
 
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