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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Is all this growling and biting okay?

Bella is 10 weeks now, we have had her for 2 weeks.

For 2 days she has been growling like crazy and biting. Not the puppy biting she was doing when we held her before, but growling like she's mad and lunging. She does this alot during the day and sometimes even when I take her out of her ex pen to play. I don't take her out until she comes to the edge of the pen, tail wagging and then she might play for a minute or two before she starts growling, biting my feet, pants legs, etc. When I go to pick her up to put her back in the pen (from all the advice from previous posts here) she growls and lunges. Even in her pen alone she has been growling and biting hard on her toys.

Other times when I try to pet her, she backs away from me. She had been coming when called a few days ago and now she just stares at me ready to lunge or just slowly backs away.

I've tried different things I read here but nothing is really working. Is this just a puppy thing that has to resolve itself or do I have an agressive puppy girl on my hands?
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Could she not be feeling well?

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She seems okay except for this. She's eating and drinking normally and peeing and pooping normally. She comes for treats for when she goes potty, etc. This new growling behavior is not 24 hours a day but it happens enough during the day that it's making me wonder.
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It's interesting that she just started doing this. Did anything happen to scare her?

Hopefully someone who's had experience with this will be able to offer some good advice. It might be a good idea to talk to a trainer, I think that's the type of thing you want to get help with.

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Have you tried throwing a sm tennis ball? I think you pup just has a lot of energy and wants to play. sometimes I put on ski gloves and let Maddie go to town pulling biting tugging at last I did not get hurt You still want to show them you are boss try to roll your pup on his back while playing . I'm am not a expert but it has gotten me threw some play times.

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It's hard to tell the exact tone just from a written description. It may just be normal play. At that age she would be playing like that with her littermates as normal play. Also between 8 and 10 weeks they get taught the limits and their manners by their Mom.

It might be a good idea to get some experienced help hands on. This is the kind of thing it's at least a good idea to talk with the breeder about on the phone.
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Its hard to say if it is play or aggression, and if she is scared of you (?) that could certainly be a problem. I would talk to the breeder and maybe a trainer if I could, I'd certainly enroll her in puppy preschool for the socialization when she's ready and her shots are all done.

I know when gucci was a puppy she'd growl and attack some toys, but not @ me, or the family, so I never really thought it was much more than her trying to be the boss of her xpen and toybox, she still beats up a few toys and has gotten really good banging her snuggle bear into the floor and flinging him across the room before she goes and loves on him,......lol

I wish I had an idea or advice~
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It sounds like she is trying to play!

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If it's just a growling noise it's probably just play. If she's showing her teeth then it could be aggression.Sophie growls when she's playing and gets really excited, mostly with her toys.
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I have a similar problem with my 11 week little girl! It's worrying isn't it? Poppy growls and bites in an aggressive manner when we remove her from a 'naughty situation' (and sometimes for an unexplained reason) and it most definitely isn't the fun growling she does when she is playing (although that sounds pretty ferocious at times!!). Most of the time she is a laid back sweetie!!

Our previous Hav never did this, and I'm really worried. Is it something that can be trained? Poppy is booked into puppy classes, but unfortunately the training centre that is recommended doesn't start until February.

Its good to meet someone with a similar situation!
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