Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Knoxville, TN
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It was a fear response when Zoe went under the bed and Alison bent down to her eye level and put her hands on her to get her out from under the bed. The growl was a warning, "I am tired and have found a nice den." The little dog also growls when you first pick her up, and certainly when you hold her near your face.
Puppies don't think the way we would like them to if we want a cuddly toy. At least, not often. I told Allison this. Looking directly into their eyes is perceived as threatening, and picking up a puppy (that may instinctively think, "Mom is doing this 'cause mom senses danger and wants a new den location) does not often rub them the right way. Also, seven month old Kosmo wore her out with play, and provided an example of "look at me, play with me" gregariousness to Alison that a new baby couldn't match.
I am getting an education of what adding a second puppy to my household will be like with these family dynamics.
And, if Zoe had growled at her and bared her teeth at the breeders, I am sure Donna WOULD have decided on a different dog. But I think Zoe will win her over. She does the Havanese puppy talk thing, and really is fun to look at.