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Old 01-18-2013, 10:51 AM
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It does seem to be more playful. She doesn't growl at people. I don't think it's to warn people as generally we aren't even interacting with her, I think she just wants to play. I will try and give her something else to play with but often I am just taking something out to the bin and don't have a toy with me and generally my hands full of something else. She will then start tugging and growling and the best I can do is stand still and ignore her. I don't think it's aggressive as she is totally soppy most of the time.
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With the new puppy, I have been tugging with him, but I have been teaching him to offer a calm response to keep playing. So if I pull the toy away, he sits and waits to get it back and then he's go-go-go again, and if I take it away he sits.

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I know Bella is a little older, but I would try this.

My older dog can get carried away with tugging on the leash on a walk. She will growl and pull (very embarrassing) she is a Shepherd so she can knock me off my feet. I honestly just let go of the leash and ignore her. I am working with an amazing trainer today so I'll let you know what he says about it
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Thank you so much. I was told to put her in a room away from us. Don't interact with her at all just put her in the room on her own for a minute. Today however she has seen snow for the first time and obviously the kids have been in the garden playing with the snow. Its seems to have sent her loopy and she has been tugging on their shoes and growling. When they threw a snowball it would distract her and she would chase it. Then come back growling and tugging. This is the worst she has ever been with the growling which makes me think that the snow has sent her into crazy mode. She just loves it.

She doesn't really growl when we are playing with toys with her. It's generally just the ankle attack!
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I wonder if simply ignoring her will make it stop?

It seems like she wants to play or is wanting attention of some sort, so even the attention to put her in another room might not be warranted?
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I also don't think I would put her in another room either, I think ignoring her and distracting her with her toys is your best option. If my puppy is going after a shirt (or underwear...) I give him a soft toy so he knows that is what he is supposed to be playing with. I would also work on her offering calm behaviours in order to get to play like in the video. It helps so much!
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Does anybody think that if I redirect her into a sit and then give her a treat, would this be ok or do you think I would be reinforcing the growl. Im trying really hard but keep thinking I'm getting it wrong.
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I think you have a fairly young puppy and these things take time, patience, and repetition.

If the ankle nipping really is about wanting attention, then yeah, any attention will be reinforcing.
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The other problem is that she's not that interested in any toys. We have tons but she doesnt really pay them much attention. She has never actually played tug with a toy she is just more interested in us, quite often just cuddling on a lap. She does have some chews and she likes her kong if it's got treats in it. She does like a pigs ear (under supervision) she will sit with that for hours. I made her a soft cloth with a crinlkle sound in it, but she's not that into any thing. It does make it difficult to sit down in the evening as she won't settle with anything.
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I think ignoring is the best thing with the growling. It's really a contrast to the rest of her personality. She is soooooo cuddly.
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