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Old 09-28-2017, 03:16 PM
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Lightbulb drag-line?

rather than "pick her up", how about put a drag-line on & use that to remove her from a situation, or lead her vs carry her?

i'd open the ex-pen by lifting a drop-pin, then swing the panel aside like a gate; this provides a wide opening - pups are inclined to exit that inviting hatch, & U can simply pick-up the drag-line as she pulls it past U. *pumps clenched hands overhead* Success!
Open "gate", step back to make the gap unimpeded, say her Sacred Name, let her exit, tread on or pick-up the drag as it slides by.
PRAISE HER for coming, even tho U don't use her usual "come" / 'here' / whatever cue, Just In Case she isn't in the mood to come running when called.
U just use her Name as an attn-getter, to alert her to the open panel - as a courtesy.
Either she acts on that notice, & exits, or she doesn't, & U step into the ex-pen & pick-up the trailing end of the drag. Either way, she's not being carried about like a sack of potatoes.

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Old 10-05-2017, 11:17 AM
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This isn't a Hiearchy issue so you have no problem there. She is 13 week old puppy she is still probably teething. She doesn't know she is doing it or how hard they usually don't figure that out tell about 5 months. Give her some frozen carrots. She is only 3months and a week. Tell her no when she gets close to biting you then pick her up and do what you need to do with her. :-) And when she is snapping it's probably playing puppies are all different in showing was of playing. Have a toy on hand in give it to her when she starts :-)
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I suggest counting your puppies teeth. If it has shed any of it's teeth then that's what it's doing.
http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-...nd-his-answers
Here is something to help you with the counting and figuring it out. I don't think your puppy is aware of what it's doing and any object or person is a teething toy to a puppy. :-) Good luck but this normally stops around four months of age sometimes five months. :-):-)
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She plays entirely too rough, but the snapping happens when I pick her up-like taking her back inside or away from her toys when we need to go outside.
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She doesn't mind being picked up for everything else, it is only when she thinks I am taking her away from something fun and only when she is tired and grumpy.
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Tell her no when she gets close to biting you then pick her up and do what you need to do with her. :-) And when she is snapping it's probably playing puppies are all different in showing was of playing. Have a toy on hand in give it to her when she starts :-)
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I don't think your puppy is aware of what it's doing and any object or person is a teething toy to a puppy. :-) Good luck but this normally stops around four months of age sometimes five months.
Per the OP, the snapping only occurs when the puppy is being picked up for very specific reasons. That seems unlikely to be related to teething or play biting (although I could be wrong). If the puppy is snapping because she doesn't want to be picked up or because she doesn't want to leave whatever she's doing, would giving her a toy to play with not be reinforcing the undesirable behavior? I'm genuinely asking because I don't know.

I'm also concerned that simply hoping the puppy will grow out of the behavior will instead give the puppy far too much opportunity to practice a bad habit that could become a dangerous behavior when the puppy is an adult dog. I agree that the pup needs to learn to tolerate being handled and picked up for a variety of reasons, but that's something that may take some time. In the meantime, there are other ways to get the puppy where she needs to be that don't involve picking her up.

@cpht, hope you and the pup are still making good progress.
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Hi guys! I am back and happy to say we are really making progress! Miss Anna rarely snaps anymore. She is learning to tolerate being handled for most anything we need to do. She hasn't put her mouth on me for the most part and when she has it does not seem to be as ferocious. I think she is slowly starting to settle down a bit. She also has not thrown any "tantrums" lately either (she did get a little upset at the vet's office last week when getting a shot though!) I have to almost think she is a bit of a spoiled brat and that may be why she was acting out like that. That's totally mine and my husband's fault (well mostly my husband because she is his baby girl, I am a little more on the strict side, not a tyrant by any means, but I expect my dogs to behave. But I may have spoiled her a tiny bit!) She is a great dog, she is learning so much and I hope the little attitude is on the wane.
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Lightbulb Practice handling, grooming, CLAW-TRIMS or filing / grinding...

now, while the pup is young, is the time to teach her / him to be handled & to tolerate it well, even mildly uncomfortable or weird things [like a rectal temp, a grinder on their claw, a full-mouth exam, ear cleaning, ______ ].

touch, reward, touch, reward, handle briefly, reward, restrain momentarily, reward, ... NOW... briefly touch clipper to claw, REWARD. // End session.
Start a few steps B4 the 'clipper on claw' step, the next time, & then go past it step-by-step to actually snip the tipmost-tip off, JACKPOT! / End session.
Again start a few steps B4 'snip' on a different paw / claw, step-by-step touch / reward, restrain/ reward, snip / JACKPOT! // End session.

Do that sort of step-by-step intro to everything imaginable, & U quickly have a pup who is a dream at the vet's or groomer's, with no fear on the pup's part & no need for force by the human.

herewith a video with Dr Yin -

don't imitate her timing, which sucks, LOL, but she illustrates perfectly how forgiving clicker-training is -
if SHE can do it, & the dog improves, anyone can!

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When they are that young and still teething I do. I dont expect them to stop snapping when I pick them up and move them from the toy they are playing I usually have puppy toys on hand anyway. Yes teaching early I get that because past 6 month of age I don't tolerate it at all. I usually say the no part and move my hand so they can't get it so it's not really a problem and I redirect the biting to the toy. But anyway I'm happy your puppy is doing much better. All puppies are spoiled rotten Bratz LOL and I've never meet one that didn't try and snap at shots being put in their legs. Siku my 6 month old puppy had shots when he turned 4 months he tried snapping at the vet and then when he saw the look on my face he moved is leg instead he did the whole kick away thing let's just say that didn't help him. LOL I held the foot down it wasn't going anywhere :-):-)
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