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Aggressive behavior ?

Toby (10 weeks) ....once in a while goes under the center table....and starts barking and growling at me ...not knowing these puppies I am wondering... is that aggressive behavior or is he paying? When we decided to get this breed we liked the fact that they are supposed to be VERY mild mannered? Just confused...
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That sounds like he wants something from you. Food, potty, or play time.
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Hmmm...is there a Rosetta Stone CD "Learn Puppy Language In 30 days" ? LOL ....I really need that now...
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Hmmm...is there a Rosetta Stone CD "Learn Puppy Language In 30 days" ? LOL ....I really need that now...
I am waiting for the dog translation app!
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It sounds like playing. However he's trying to tell you to do what it is that he wants. Personally I'd comply on my terms. For instance get a toy or treat and call him out from under the table. When he does things YOUR way he gets rewarded. You can keep it happy.

Fulfilling his "requests" according to his demands could create bad habits. This is a great training opportunity.



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Just to add to what others have said, it would be unlikely in the EXTREME for a puppy to be showing true aggressive behavior at 10 weeks. he's just a baby, trying out baby things. It's how you respond that will dictate where that behavior goes.
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Thanks for all the replies...I am no means an expert! I hope I can raise a mild mannered well behaved boy
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Although aggression can start in puppyhood with ANY breed , this is a bit out of the blue, by your description. or should I say lack of description. Aggression always should be viewed in context. You have not described any antecedent or body language . and you haven't mentioned any post barking/growling details. Off hand it sounds more playful in nature. And I agree if this is the case that I would ignore it for now and keep in mind that you should be the one to initiate play sessions in general as it can be reinforced and become demanding in nature.

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