I have a 4 month old rotti pup, who's quite a handful. He's getting stronger everyday and I'm having a harder time controlling him. I'm waiting for an obedience class to start in January - but in the meantime - need some help. Whenever I bring him in from outside - he's very hyper and likes to jump and bite. He doesn't respond to down and doesn't listen at all. I will usually put him in his kennel. This problem isn't lessening any.

As well - if I am trying to run to get the phone, he's running after me, nipping at me the whole time. Sometimes when I just get up to go somewhere in the house, he'll nip at me while he's walking along beside me. I need to know if there are any ways to control this behavior. I want to get this corrected now, before he's too big. I try telling him no biting, and holding his muzzle closed, but nothing seems to work.
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I have a 4 month old rotti pup, who's quite a handful. He's getting stronger everyday and I'm having a harder time controlling him.

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How about you and he get to obedience training? No dog trains himself.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
No dog trains himself.

Actually, that's precisely what they do, when they're left to their own devices.
Which is why so many dogs need to be RETRAINED.
(Yes, I realize you didn't mean it in that way.)

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I have a 4 month old rotti pup, who's quite a handful. He's getting stronger everyday and I'm having a ... - he's very hyper and likes to jump and bite. He doesn't respond to down and doesn't listen at all.

Well, he's perfectly normal then Emotion: smile
While waiting for your obedience class to start, you moight want to look at a few books - anything by Dr. Ian Dunbar and the Culture Clash will be a good place to start. You might also want to talk to his breeder as they are most likely (if you bought him from a reputable breeder) experienced with pups and should have prvided you with a basic low down on what you will expect of him.
Rotties, ime, are a very sensative breed so I would be particularly careful to use kind and motivational based training. Clicker trainuing us great - look up Karen Prior for more information on this. Punishment based training, such as using choke collars, is no way to work with a dog you perport to love, and will do nothing for the bond you should be working on to gain his love and respect.
hope this is of some help,
Diana & Cin
Actually, that's precisely what they do, when they're left to their own devices.
Which is why so many dogs need to be RETRAINED>>>
And, if I'm not mistaken, retraining can take longer if the dog is left to figure it out for himself in the beginning.Have you tried redirecting his nipping/biting? My younger girl started this habit around 3-4 months and with the nipping I would loudly say something like "no biting!" or "ouch", but loud enough and firm enough to both catch her attention in a way she didn't expect and to let her know it bothered me. When she stopped I gave her something that was ok for her to chew on.

As for biting, and those damn puppy teeth hurt more than adult teeth sometimes LOL, I would say no biting like I was mad (she has an odd way of predicting my moods) and as soon as she would pout, she would start licking my hand. When she did that (as long as I felt she knew I was mad about the biting) I'd give her a stuffed Kong. She kicked that habit within a week.

You may have to be a bit more persistent with your Rottie though. They can be a bit bull-headed. LOL But getting it under control now will save you nerve damage later...especially if he's going to be anywhere near as big as my friend's Rottie. LOL
~J
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Rotties, ime, are a very sensative breed so I would be particularly careful to use kind and motivational based training. ... to love, and will do nothing for the bond you should be working on to gain his love and respect.

What a crock of crapola!
I've been using choke collars (yes, even on all those "sensitive" Rotties) for well over 40 years now (among other training tools), and my dogs "love" me just as much as your dogs purportedly love you, and they "bond" extremely well with me, and they "respect" me dearly, yada yada yada.
They even OBEY me, which is what OBEDIENCE TRAINING is all about. isn't it?
If you don't know how to use a choke collar correctly (because you're too big of a klutz, for example), then don't freakin' use one.

But please stop insulting traditional training. It's been used to successfully train more dogs now than all other training methods combined.
I can already see that 2005 will be much like 2004.

So many stupid people, so little time.
Sheesh.

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Actually, that's precisely what they do, when they're left to ... (Yes, I realize you didn't mean it in that way.)()

Jessica, for whom was your message intended?
Please keep your attributions straight, okay?
Thanks!

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Sorry...wanted to add to a part of your post but the rest was pretty much aimed at the original post. Wasn't sure if I should have replied twice or what. LOL
~J
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