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I know this has probably been posted a million times but I couldn't find anything that matched my issues exactly. I have a lot of experience with bully breeds working with rescues around the country. I have had my own female Staffie for 5 years and she is great. I 4 days ago I rescued an American Bulldog puppy and he's more than just a handful. He goes for 3 twenty minute walks a day and does great on the walks. Stays at my side or behind me, responds to corrections, and takes commands. Being home is another story. He will jump up on me and when I correct him he starts to bark, yelp, and growl at me. I'm confused because he is backing away from me as he does this. Even though he backs away he still doesn't take correction or commands. I don't know what to do. I feel like my energy is right but he's just being obnoxious.
 

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It sounds like fear. What are you doing as "corrections"? And how exactly can puppies be "disrespectful"?
 

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i use redirection with food or mimicking that I have food in my hand and it'll snap him out of his barking and growing and I'll get him to sit. Once I praise him for the sit he goes right back into his tantrum. By disrespectful I mean that he barks, howls and growls when I give him the command. The way a child might shout "NO!" if you tell them to eat vegetables.
 

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Hah, I wouldn't have considered redirecting to be a correction. From his reaction I expected something unpleasant. It still sounds like fear/appeasement behaviors to me. Do you know anything about his background? Maybe he was treated harshly by his previous owners and he's expecting you to behave the same way. How old is he now? How long have you had him?
 

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He's only 4 months. I've had him for a week and these behaviors started about 2 days ago. All I know of his background is that he was abandoned at the vet after a check up and spent 2 months in the vets office until the rescue picked him up.
 

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Something outta left field:
1. Either he still wants to play and you just aren't listening to him :) Is he doing a playbow?
2. He's teething, beginning to lose his baby teeth and get his adult teeth, so his gums are sore, and he needs something to chew.
 

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Oh, he was young. . .he still could have had some bad experiences but not ongoing. I'm not sure how much attention he got at the vet's office, so maybe he just doesn't know how to play/ask for attention politely. Or he may be unsure of the situation because of not getting a lot of in-home socialization. Plus he's a baby, but a big baby! So a lot of rude baby behaviors are going to seem worse in a large dog. I think he'll improve with time and patient training :D.
 

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Sounds like typical attention grabbing from a four month old. You also have to remember he's brand new, too. There is always a period of adjustment, especially coming from a rescue/shelter situation.
 

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He doesn't bow he jumps up or bites pant legs which I have to give him correction for. One when he calms down do I give him attention. He does get toys and ice cubes to chew on but I have to limit his time with them because it always goes from polite play time to rowdy tantrums and jumping and nipping. I've raised 4 puppies and this little guy is just baffling me. I appreciate all the advice
 

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He doesn't bow he jumps up or bites pant legs which I have to give him correction for. One when he calms down do I give him attention
Any correction is giving him attention. When Bella was that age, she was a real pain (literally) to walk. Did the exact same thing. I finally learned that turning my back and ignoring her completely stopped the game and the attention immediately and completely. Puppies can be such brats, but they are just babies =)

If he's anything like Bella, I cannot correct bad behavior with treats, or she will purposely repeat said behavior in order to get a treat.
 

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i use redirection with food or mimicking that I have food in my hand and it'll snap him out of his barking and growing and I'll get him to sit. Once I praise him for the sit he goes right back into his tantrum. By disrespectful I mean that he barks, howls and growls when I give him the command. The way a child might shout "NO!" if you tell them to eat vegetables.
Dogs aren't children and they don't understand NO. You're doing yourself and the puppy a disservice by putting purely human motivations/behaviors on a dog.

You should read Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar and The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell. Those books will really help you understand dog behavior better.
 
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