Does that mean she is going to be mean? I've never had a puppy growl and bark so much when she plays. Do I let her or do I make her stop and teach her to play nice, meaning what we think is nice, no barking or growling.
Ella did the same thing when she was little! I didn't think too much of it until my daughter picked her up once and she tried to bite her! She was only 9 weeks old! I curbed that real quick, lol. I think when they do it in play, it's just play, but if they growl when you pick them up, they are trying to assert their dominance. What I would do, is if she growled, I barely grabbed her scruff with my thumb and index finger (since she's a Chihuahua, I didn't want to grab too hard and hurt her) and I would shake her scruff and say 'NO!' in the deepest voice I could. I guess dogs do that in packs to tell another dog that they don't like what that dog is doing. Usually the reasons Chihuahuas do it is because they really shouldn't be taken from their litter until 10 weeks, and a lot are taken at 8. My husband surprised me with mine, and he didn't know they had to be a certain age, so he didn't ask. The lady gave us Ella when she was 6 weeks. So she never learned bite inhibition from her litter. They typically learn that from 6 to 10 weeks. If the scruff thing doesn't work, you could gently put her on her back and say no. Dogs do that in pack situations as well. Sometimes, if Ella got too rough, I would either ignore her completely until she was nice, or put her in her kennel.
While the puppy may sound feirce, unless she is snarling at her owner or biting in defiance, I'd not worry. If she is rolling around with a toy, or playing with another dog, shes noisy.
I would not scruff and alpha roll a dog who is making noise becuse they are playing.
If she is being mouthy and a little jerk, a muzzle squeeze will work wonders. Alpha rolls are incredably dominating. Forcing a dog to break eye contact and/or a muzzle squeeze is less trama to the dog and less damage if the dog is only playing.
To alpha roll a playing dog would be to subject it to to much domance. Right now, not seeing the puppy and how she is interacting with various aspects of her enviorment in no way can I say that she is acting agressively vrs agressive play, but I'd never start with an Alpha roll.
I like the idea of the muzzle squeeze and forcing no eye contact. I've never heard of doing that. I've done the alpha roll for 20 years on puppies and have always had good results but I'll try the muzzle squeeze for a change. I don't do it when I know she is playing but if she is getting too out of control and won't settle when I to redirect her attention to a toy or a treat then I use it. It's just kind of a hassle to always do the alpha roll so I'm glad you suggested the muzzle squeeze.
Icy, I'm sorry, I just wanted to say that I didn't mean that in play to do that. I meant that if the puppy actually bites her when she picks her up to do that. Sorry for the confusion. Because my Chihuahua would do the same thing, growl and such in play, and I didn't think anything of it. I just thought of it as noisy play, as you said...But when she started aggressively biting or growling at my daughter and I when either of us would pick her up, that was when I would do that, and it curbed it really quick. I was very gentle as well, since she is so small. Really though, I think putting her in the kennel worked the best because I would do everytime she bit me or my daughter and I would ignore her for like half an hour. So I think she got the hint that it wasn't okay, lol. She was really young when she did this. Like 9 to 10 weeks...
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