I have a 8 week old beagle pup which I bought from a kennel that has alot of beagles.We have had her for about 10 days and she growls when you want to pick her up but not all the time. Mostly when she is really busy or doing something she not suppose to.I have tried saying no firmly,using the shake can,and just recently holding her by the nape of the neck which seems to work alittle. I dont want to have a aggressive pup that carries this behavior into adulthood. Please help. Thanks Mark
Just be consistent and do what you've been doing, especially if it's working and youre seeing results. Regarding picking the growling when you pick her up.. well some dogs just don't like being picked up. It's very uncomfortable and they rarely relax into it the way a cat might. Check into when puppy training classes start in your area and enroll, those will help as well.
My 11 week old lab/poodle mix does the same thing! Only growls when we are going to pick her up, but not most of the time - only when she is busy, or sleepy, or doing something she is not supposed to be doing (scratching at the carpet..) I have tried a loud "no" and time outs in the hallway. When she does it to my 10 yr old son, I have him pick her up again right away and praise her if she doesn't growl. I am fully aware that growling can lead to biting....I have tried doing "alpha" exercises w/her a few times a day (hold her tummy side up w/praise). It seems better (we've had her for 1 1/2 weeks now) but I wondered if you have had success w/your methods..... Thanks!
When were these dogs taken away from their litter? (6 weeks?) Pups that are taken away too young miss out on learning certain lessons from the mamma and litter mates..like no growling. If this is the case you need to teach the pup it is wrong. I've never had this problem so I don't know what technique is best..you should look into that.
My lab/poodle mix was 10 weeks old when we brought her home. Any thoughts on why she does this? Is it simply a play for dominance? I researched this mix (labradoodle) and they are supposed to be very non-aggressive. I met the dam and sire and they seemed very friendly...
yes it is a sign of dominance when an animal growls at you when you try to make him do something he does not want to do. be very firm with letting him know that what he is doing is wrong and the growling is not acceptable. don't hit though because it is an aggressive response to their aggressive response and it will escalate the problem not stop it. alpha rolls are fine as long as you keep the pup on its back until it stops wriggling for about 30 seconds. then let them up in a happy voice and reward them. stop it now before they are grown.
Are you sure you didn't get her from a puppy mill? Just tell her no, and do not give her any attention for the rest of the day when she growls. Take her to obedience class. Use a halti head collar. Muzzle her. You could also trya squirt bottle. Good Luck!
The Alpha roll worked great for me. My puppy growled and snapped at me once during what should be playing (believe me! It was not "play growling". He simply got angry on me). I simply turned him over and held him on his back, dident do anything that hurt him. Just held him on his back and stared at him until he stopped fighting. Then let him go and ignored him for a little while afterwards. He only tested me this way that one time.
You picking her up is taking away some control from the dog so the dog will growl. On a daily basis, pick the dog up off the floor slightly and hold there till the dog settles,(hold 2 hands one hand under belly one hand under chest) then verbally praise quickly when she relaxes. You don't need to lift the puppy high just off the ground a bit. And leave its legs dangle,so hes just hanging there.You don't need to bring him up into your arms. Remember you must reward her when she relaxes and you must follow through with each exersize. Try and do this when the dog is busy, or in a different room, just out of the blue go and find her and do it. Don't say anything when you do this, only when its time to praise her. In time her relaxing response will happen quicker. Try it for 2 weeks and see if you get any results!!!!!...............
Hi! We had the same problem with our now 5-month old Golden Retreiver. The problem only seemed to happen when he was sleeping or just laying on the floor and the kids bent down to kiss his face. We enrolled him in puppy classes and the instructor said that anytime he does that to grab him by the collar and growl really loud at him and the isolate him from the family for a short time. The problem has mostly resolved itself, as I think he was trying to see where he fit in the pack ranking of our large family. He will still do this occasionally, but it is now only geared to our 12 yr old son, who, even though he knows better, still will get in his face. I had a post on here, as well, about this, so if you can find my name, crzyfrmkids, ( i posted early Jan.), I got a lot of suggestions, as well. ---------Good Luck
Just be consistent with your training. You need to nip the frowling thing in the bud. Some dogs jsut don't like being picked up. They are very uncomftorable with it. Try training classes. A lot of dogs will do this. They do not like to be woken up, or told no, or even picked up. Just say no. Sometimes children have that gentle touch, but I don't recomend this. Growling can lead to biting. Hold her on her back and do dominance exercises. These methods should help. When was your puppy taken away from the litter? If puppies are taken away too soon, the mother does not have time to teach them everything they need to know. You must teach the puppy it is wrong. I have never had this problem, because I am very dominant, and dogs can see that. Look into the different techniques. 10 weeks old is a good age to bring a dog home. Younger, and they shouldn't be taken away from the mother. Puppies sometimes growl because they are scared. It is actually not usually dominace, more like fear, jealousy, or anger. Brittanys are intermediate. Their behavior depends on the situation. If the dam and sire are friendly, then your pup should be friendly too. Sometimes it is a dominance thing. Teach your puppy that growling is wrong. Never hit the puppy though. Keep the puppy on its back until it stops wiggling. Then let him up and prasie him. Stop this technique before the pup reaches 6 months. Your dog may of come from a pupy mill. Tell her no, and ignore her. Obedience class will help. Halti-head collars are nice. Muzzles work too. Squirt bottles can help. Good luck! The alpha role technique is the best. Sometimes they will snap at you when you are doing this. Just keep him on his back. Keep staring at him until he stops wriggling. Then, let him go, and ignore him for a little while. I have never done it before though. When you pick him up, he feels you are taking away his control. Just keep picking him up. Only lift him off the ground a little bit. Let his legs dangle. Then, bring him up into your arms. Reward him when he relaxes. Do it about ten times a day. After a while, he will settle down quicker. Do it for teo weeks, and let us know how it goes. Hey! This problem happens in all popular breeds. Don't bother him while he is sleeping, and don't let the children near her face. Take him to obedience class. When he growls, snap the collar, and put him in his crate. Let him know you are alpha, and he is betta. Don't ever let your children put their face near him. Can you help me out with my post? Hope you like my suggestions. Good Luck! Put your hand under her bottom, so she feels more secure.