American Eskimo Dog Question

I have an American Eskimo. He is a little over a year old. He seems like he has two sides to him...

I have an American Eskimo. He is a little over a year old. He seems like he has two sides to him he can be very playful and a joy to be around and at other times he can get very nippy and at times seem a little aggressive. Is this just how the breed is or is this a problem and if so how should I fix this?

    In American Eskimo Dog - Asked by Anonymous - 11/29/2011 4:51:43 PM
This is somewhat typical of the American Eskimo breed. Ensure that you assert your dominance on a regular basis to establish that you are the "pack leader".
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/3/2011 11:56:58 PM

My American Eskimo Dog, bob is 2 and 3 months old...same characteristics...he is so great though. He would be your best buddy. I learned with Bob that he is easier to do what I say now than ever......he is simlpy soooo spoiled that he is human.....I think this breed is so profoundly smart it is incredible
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/5/2011 4:54:15 PM

yes this is a problem unless your american eskimo is still teething , if he is not i would consider bitter spray on what the dog is chewing on(including hands) if that doesn't work i would suggest a dog trainer if that doesn't work get a higher leveled dog trainer
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/25/2012 11:54:58 PM

DO NOT ASSERT DOMINANCE with the american eskimo breed. I am a certified professional dog trainer and my eskie had the same problem. With this breed of dog you must only use positive training methods only or the aggression will get worse. any good site or book on american eskimos will tell you the same thing. Everytime the dog nips at you just let out a high pitched squeal or yell yikes or ouch really loud and then immediately get up and leave the room and then come back after 10 seconds of your dog being cam do not reenter the room if they are barking or whining. Also you can give them extra love and praise when they are being calm and start to only give them treats when they are being calm or being well behaved. Soon the dog will associate nipping with getting no attention and this breed thrives on love and attention so they will get it pretty quickly as long as you are very consistant.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/19/2012 5:25:05 PM