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My puppy is very well trained in my eyes, he sits and waits at gates and doors and walks by my side on walks and is generally very obedient. The one thing I can’t control is when he gets the ‘zoomies’ I’ve seen many dogs get the zoomies but never like him. He sprints and launches himself at you and bites your arms and legs and whatever he can reach. This behaviour was really bad today and I think it was because he’s losing some of his baby teeth I found a few in the area. My family get very frightened by the behaviour so I really need to get some good advice on how to control it. I know I’m meant to get a chew toy and play with him but it’s not an option in most situations, I also cross my arms and completely ignore him and have retired many jackets from the aftermath hahah, if there’s anyone with any advice I’d love it thank you. (Ps he’s a very a good dog just this one behaviour)
 

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Do you know if its ever caused by anything or if he suddenly just races?
 

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its never caused by anything, it happens if I’m just walking from my shed to the house, happens randomly on walks on the lead. There hasn’t really ever been one thing that caused it, it just feels really random.
 

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It could be that he just needs to let his energy out, maybe through some outdoor games like fetch or through a brain game like find it. When you do see him calmly lying down you can reward him for that, and that will show him to be calmer in the long run. If your struggling while he is in the middle of zooming, then maybe just exercise his energy out.
 

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It's a normal puppy/adolescent behavior. The best thing to do is just channel the zooming dog into an area where he can't damage himself, property, or others (e.g. a fenced yard) and let him zoom it out.
 

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I have Rotties. Once will be 8 on November 1st, and she still gets zoomies sometimes. However, none of mine would ever consider jumping or biting at me. By that I mean more than puppy mouthing, which I divert but don't get upset about. Are you just standing there letting him "launch" himself at you? Bite at you to the point your clothes are shredded? That's disrespect and shouldn't be tolerated in a 6-month old. It's a situation where I'd abandon the kinder and gentler attitude and meet him with a loud "no" or "off" or whatever is your absolutely don't do that word is and a bent knee to the chest or a blast from a squirt bottle (if water doesn't deter, mix in a little lemon juice; yes, it stings, but only for a few seconds; I've tried it on myself). There's no excuse for tolerating disrespectful behavior that could hurt someone. Once the launching and shredding is stopped, you can try nicer ways to teach him jumping on people is an absolute no-no.

The most common Rotties that came into rescue when I was doing it were adolescent males that weren't taught manners as puppies. Then all of a sudden they were 90-110 pounds and the owners couldn't tolerate them any longer. At 6 months yours is probably 60 pounds or so already. If you can't teach him to physically respect you and others, get help from a professional.
 

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The more your family shows fear and backs away the more rewarding the behavior will become and as the dog matures that would be a bad thing. .
 
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