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I agree with Robbie. I think it is your sons' behavior that needs to be modified, not the puppy's. The puppy is making it known that he doesn't WANT to be picked up. Dogs are not toys, they are animals, and need to be treated with respect. That includes not forcing ourselves on them when they don't want it.
We had a similar incident just yesterday in my house, with my two sons who are MUCH older. (early 20's) Kodi actually is pretty much a snuggle pup, and doesn't mind being picked up by family members. He also often "play growls" during play. But yesterday, one of his Christmas presents was a stuffed bone, which he really loves and doesn't get often. I heard him growling REALLY loud in the other room as I was making breakfast, and the boys were talking to him as if it was a game. I had to tell them that this was NOT play growing... that Kodi was REALLY asking to be left in peace with his new bone. The boys backed off, Kodi eventually tired of the bone, and everything was fine.
Kodi has never bitten anyone, and I don't want to ever put him in a position where he feels that he needs to. Dogs DO need to be allowed to express their feelings, and be able to tell their humans when they need some space. It may be that your guy just isn't a "pick up and cuddle" sort of dog. When you get a dog, each one is an individual, with individual likes and dislikes, just like kids. You may have to accept your pup for who he is.
Do the things Robbie suggested to help strengthen the relationship between him and your sons, but he may NEVER be a dog who enjoys being picked up. But there are MANY other ways to enjoy time with him. Have the boys get down on his level and see if he is more willing to interact with them on the floor too. Many dogs feel very insecure about having their feet in the air, but will be relaxed, sweet and loving if allowed to climb onto someone's lap!
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