my boyfriend and i have a almost 5 month old boston terrier puppy that we got about 2 and a half months ago. she is adorable and we love her to death. she gets a lot of attention and she goes on 4-5 walks a day (2 of them are long and the others are kind of short). she has tons of energy still.
I have some concerns about some of her behavior.
first of all she bites. hard. i know that biting is normal for puppies, but at this point she breaks skin just about everytime she bites. i have tried so many different things to get her to stop biting but nothing seems to work, if any thing she gets more excited and wants to bite more. i have tried ignoring her when she bites, but i don't think she even realizes i'm ignoring her. she just goes and finds something else to get in to.
its not even the play biting that bothers me so much, but she seems to bite when i try to pick her up sometimes, usually off of someones lap or furniture, or when i try to get her to stop doing something (like chewing the couch), or when she knows that i'm about to put her in her exercise pen. that kind of biting bothers me more because it seems like she is doing it in protest.
she also growls a lot in those same situations. not just a normal growl. but this wild and crazy demonic sounding growl sometimes. this is also starting to make me worry a lot.
i have no idea what to do. she is a really smart, sweet, outgoing dog and i dont want her to act like this as an adult. i don't know what i should be doing to let her know that these are not good behaviors. we have never used any physical punishment on her at all. we tend to try positive reinforcement more than verbal reprimands or anything like that, but im not sure how to do it in these situations or if she will get the point.
lately her biting has been a lot softer, but she still does it.
i'm just terrified that i'm going to end up with this really aggressive adult dog that no one can handle and then she would have a miserable life.
i love her SO much and i don't care how much work it takes or how long it takes, i just want to know that she WILL get over it and that its normal. and how to deal with it.
oh and here's a picture of my cute little baby, eenie