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Old 01-18-2013, 03:17 AM
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Normal puppy behaviour?

Hello. Despite settling in really well there are a couple of little questions I have.

1. Bella tends to growl a little. She will hold on to our clothes and growl. I think she does this when excited. When she was doing it I was putting her in a downstairs cloakroom to calm her down, she had settled down a bit. But today she has seen snow for the first time and it has driven her loopy, growling all over the place. The kids are having a hard time going outside without a dog attached to them. Should I just ignore it as puppy over excitement or should I address it.

2. She tends to pee a little when she meets new people. Again she is so excited. She doesnt do it when she sees us (the people she lives with) generally just new people. Once she has met people a few times she is still very excited but tends not to pee. We try to keep new meetings boring (not always easy with a puppy). She doesn't do it when she is scared or anything it's just when she meets new people. Is this normal.

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Well, I have to say that #1 sounds exactly like Calypso! She growls when we play tug (fortunately with toys, not my clothing!) if we haven't gone for our run, so she has more pent-up excitement. Aaaand during tug games at other times apparently just for the heck of it. She also did all sorts of crazy things the first time she saw snow falling, and then when there was snow covering the ground. Growling, whining, paw lift, blitzing around the house, standing on the patio for a solid ten minutes staring at me to make the scary white stuff go away...

At any rate, growling is GOOD. It is the dog WARNING a threat that something is not right and back off. So I am not sure how you would want to "address" it when it is for play (like in tug) or not directed at a human. I would much rather Calypso growl at a scarecrow than run up and bit off its foot!
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Pulling on clothes for tug of war, not to cool. WHen she starts this, show her what is OK for pulling, a rope toy, a wubba bubba, redirect her to what is acceptable.
Don't need her missing, and ending up giving someone a nip.
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I don't mind her growling so much when she is playing with her toys however, she will run up to the kids and bite and growl at their ankles. I think it is probably an excited 'come on play with me' but the kids don't like it much. Should I make sure she is aware that it's not ok to do that to the kids and if so has anyone got any suggestions.
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Thanks harleyboysmom. Your post came in whilst I was writing.
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Nala does that too , more so when she was alot younger. I don't mind a play growl and I was told not to play tug of war with a puppy, so now she will take her toys and bring them to me, I throw them and she growls while killing the toy.
She is timid too and will submissive pee ( much better now that she is older), once in a while she will have a low growl when new people come. I try and redirect her attention towards me and make her stop growling...I know it is a warning but I think they are young and need to learn when a growl is appropriate and when it is not...that's where we come in.
It's all new to me, my old cocker never growled not his entire life. So Nala and I are learning together with the help of all the wonderful friends I have on this forum .
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Yeah. When she grabs onto anything she should not be mouthing, say "Chew on this" and shove a chew toy into her face.

If she keeps nipping, what will work--eventually--is disengagement. Stand up, pull away, turn your back for a few seconds. (I usually counted to 10 or so). Sometimes, we were able to resume playing after that; other times, she was simply too keyed up and would start nipping again right away. In those cases, I would make her give me a command (usually sit, 'cause it's the easiest for her), give her a treat, and then put her in her crate to cool off. But that's because I didn't (and don't) really have a second gated area to use as a "time-out" or cool-off spot, and I'm paranoid that she will develop a fear/dislike of her crate! So I only want good associations with it.

Puppies nip and they don't learn not to overnight, but they figure it out eventually.
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Nala does that too , more so when she was alot younger. I don't mind a play growl and I was told not to play tug of war with a puppy, so now she will take her toys and bring them to me, I throw them and she growls while killing the toy.
That is also what I had always heard, that tug turns a puppy aggressive. Apparently not. I think it has also helped me teach her drop it--she knows that whenever I win tug (I always win), I immediately throw the toy for her to go fetch, so she gets it anyway. It might help make her more likely to 'drop it' even when the it is way, WAY more awesome and exciting and tasty than a plushie. Uh, no scientific evidence on that one, but why not.

Ahhh, Calypso's new favorite game is keep away. She fetches--and then dances backwards a couple steps to keep the toy, obviously enjoying herself a great deal.
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I'll never believe tug makes a dog aggressive if done right. I think it's a wonderful outlet for play. If you watch dgos play together they love tug, unless their tail is the tug toy. :P

Anyway for OP I've had clothes tuggers before and I just always ignored them/put them away from me. When they are pups it's adorable but when they are taller than your child it's not so cute. So break whatever behavior you don't want now because when they get bigger it will go from semi cute to awful.
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That is also what I had always heard, that tug turns a puppy aggressive. Apparently not. I think it has also helped me teach her drop it--she knows that whenever I win tug (I always win), I immediately throw the toy for her to go fetch, so she gets it anyway. It might help make her more likely to 'drop it' even when the it is way, WAY more awesome and exciting and tasty than a plushie. Uh, no scientific evidence on that one, but why not.

Ahhh, Calypso's new favorite game is keep away. She fetches--and then dances backwards a couple steps to keep the toy, obviously enjoying herself a great deal.
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both of those things are completely normal. she bites cause she is in a playful mood. my puppy pees a little when she is excited.
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