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I don't know what to do anymore. Caesar gets very angry when he's tired or gets woken up. It used to be just at night but now it's in the morning. When I get up in the morning I go down stairs to let him outside for a pee and some play time before I go to work. Shane gets up for work before me. Caesar sleeps on the sofa so when I walk into the living I say "Good morning Caesar" to wake him up before I sit down beside him. This morning I said good morning and sat down. He woke up, stretched, I scratched his back (I just got fake nails, the animals love it!) then his lip started to twitch. I know what that means...he's getting angry. I would love to let him sleep in but he has to go for a pee before I leave for work. I continued talking to him in a soft voice and petting him but he kept getting madder and started growling. So I said "No growling" in a stern voice and tried to put my hand under him to lift him up. That's when he bit me, hard. I was even wearing my terry towel bathrobe and the bite left a terrible bruise. We don't want him biting. What if he bites Shane's son? It hurt me so I can only imagine what it would do to a child. How do I get him to stop biting and stop being so angry. I know I'm not the nicest person when I wake up but I've never tried to hurt someone for waking me. How do we correct this problem? When he does something bad, like steal DVDs and chew them, I stand over him and growl. I'm being the dominant one in the pack. After that he'll put his head down. He submits. But that technique doesn't work in this situation. What are we doing wrong? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif Shane wants to get another dog but we can't bring another dog into our home while we have one with anger issues. How can we make him stop? I just don't know what to do.

This is the bite that I got this morning. (You can see Charlie on the BW calender in the background /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif )
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I'm glad that things are working out better for you and him. Sounds like the re-training is exactly what he needed. Also glad to hear it's not a medical problem. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
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:computer: Was glad to hear that Caesar is not in any pain. Tippi had similar behavior awhile back and I also tried the "gentle touch and talking", which did no good. Just as I was at my wits end a friend of mine told me that I was reinforcing the behavior by talking and petting her during that time and that as hard as it might be, I had to be firm with her. So whenever I would see her lifting her lip I would lay the tips of my fingers on her shoulder and say no and it snappped her out of it. One other thing, don't use his name when correcting,(I made that mistake), and all of a sudden Tippi stopped coming to me when called because she associated her name with being corrected. Now no matter what correction I give her I keep it short and sweet and I never call her by name. Just be patient and I know that you and Caesar will be good buddies again soon. Please keep us posted.

"My little dog. A heartbeat at my feet."
Edith Wharton
I am so sorry you had that horrible accident but glad that nothing is wrong with Ceasar!

My Girls are horribly grumpy when they are woken up during nap time. I will keep an eye out for the lip thing.
Wow, what a bite!!
I agree with the above posts and dont have much to add as far as what you should do about the agression issues, except, Im very pissed when I get woken up, Id probably bite as a dog!!! :evilgrin:

But as far as your bite, Im not sure how long it has been since you were bitten (ive been away on vacation) but you should really get some antibiotics for you bite wound (Augmentin is the choice). Watch out for infection. Although dog bites are less infective than human and cats, you can still get a bad infection from a bite..so watch the wound closely or get some Augmentin from your MD.

Manda and snoops
Thanks for the advice Pegasus. He didn't actually break the skin when he bit me, just a bad bruise. If I wasn't wearing my bathrobe he would have though. Beleive me, I'm paranoid about infections (I'm diabetic) so the doctor's office would have been the first place I went to that day.
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