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My 12 week old Havanese puppy has started growling at us when we do something he doesn't agree with (such as taking things he shouldn't be chewing on out of his mouth or picking him up when he doesn't want to be picked up). I am very concerned, can this be fixed?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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he is still so young, of course it can be fixed!! Hopefully others will chime in, but my advice for now would be to always approach him with a small 'high value' treat to give him either when picking him up or trading him for what he has that he shouldn't! that way he associated you coming to him with GOOD thing (i.e.treats!).

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Thank you, I will take your advice!
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Don't forget he is just a little puppy testing the water so to speak!He has to understand that you are top dog,but this doesn't mean you get angry with him or scold him.Firstly as Tammy says give him something better whilst taking away whatever it is that he should not have,try to be careful,and not leave tempting things around that he should not have!Do some fun training with him so he learns to follow your lead,and if he does growl totally ignore him.

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Good thing I want to add is that don't back down when your trying to trade what he has with something else. Actually, don't back down to anything he/she does. He/she is young is testing what he/she can get away with. You want to be firm with him and never back down. This shows your dominant to him/her.

This has to be reinforced by everyone, not just yourself.

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Details on desensitizing. see Myth no. 9

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