So I had rescued an 8 week old pup around 5 weeks old. She is now 8 weeks and health. Lived through parvo and everything.
Anyway she has a few behavior issues. I know puppies play bit so its not that. When she eats, she gets scared and shakes. When I first started feeding her she would growl if I touch her. Now shes fine with being touched and having my hand in the bowl. She still shakes and brings her tail in. She also eats as fast as she can, even with eating 4-5 times a day. I put a link to a youtube video of her eating. I had feed her some kibble first before I give her the whole bowl to show her dominance and not to be aggressive.
Another issue is with being picked you every now and then. She either growls to get people away, or if you pick her up she goes in to defense mode and shows teeth while trying her hardest to bite who ever is holding her. If you let her go she runs away, which is just my wife. The only way that seems to work for me is to pick her up from her scruff and growl and say no. She then stops and I put her down, then she runs to her crate. Shes starting to stop when I make eye contact and "shh" her. When it gets really bad I pin her on her side and growl till she stops and say no. She then sits there and doesnt move. I then walk away and she follows me till I stop, and stops and looks at me like as if we were walking.
Im hope that after she gets her other sets of shots, and we start going on walks, she will calm down. She is good on the leash inside so far.
Any ideas or suggestions on her aggression, or getting her to calm down with food?
And please, please dont try and bash me about taking her in at 5 weeks, It was either that, or she died. All the other pups that BYB had died, along with the mom. Shes very people friendly and loves the neighbors 2 year old German Shepard. She will only have good interactions with people and dogs as long as I can help it.
Also I will try and get a video of her acting aggressive, its kinda hard since Its really at random times.