Anyone with puppies or young dogs??

  1. I have a question.

    I have a 7 week old cockapoo. She's been a gem except for 5 occasions...when she was doing something...and didn't want to be bothered. (eg the last time laying on my comforter sleeping) What happens is she'll growl a fiercely showing teeth.

    The vet seen her yesterday. I told him about the incidences and he said it was normal. Well they haven't stopped. She did it 3 times after her appointment yesterday. I called the vet and she said it's normal she's trying to show she's boss. And told me how to stop it.

    Did your puppy ever growl? What did you do for it?
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Ortho_RN
    I would take the dog and turn her on her back in your arm with your hands around her mouth.. Not squeezing just holding her and telling her no... She might wiggle and fuss for a minute or two but she will eventually submit to you and refuse to look you in the eyes. I would do that whenever she does the growling thing... That is basically the same thing the momma dog does to them when they are acting up.

    Good Luck
  4. by   MishlB
    7 weeks is awfully young to show such aggression. Where did you get the dog? Could also be bad breeding. Let her know you are the boss, lay her on her back and do not let her up, and look her in the eye. If this behavior continues, she may become food aggressive and bite someone. Definitely NOT normal behavior.
  5. by   CashewLPN
    hmm.... I have 4 Husky mix puppies, about 9 weeks old....
    they battle eachother constantly, but dont growl at us.... but if they go to nip, which is their bad habit, we flip em over with the 'no!'.... they mellow after about a minute...then its cool again...
    I put a picture of them somewhere up on the board...gotta find it now.... but, they're twice the size now

  6. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Our Dogs and the pup each tried to show who was boss when they were eating, in particular. As we had friends that came around that had small kids, and because we found the aggressive tendancy unacceptable, we used a rolled up news paper on the hind end and removed the bowl, telling them that it was ours and that it was naughty to growl. Only took once or twice and they got the picture. The only dog we ever had trouble with and eventually ended up finding a new home for was out Jack Russell.....he was such a spiteful devil. But gosh how I loved that Taz...he was something else.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    time for OBEDIENCE training for as YOU as much as for the dog, so you can handle her properly. Behaviors such as this are problematic and will get worse if you don't nip 'em in the bud early on. good luck.