Originally Posted by susan davis
Please don't punish or yell at your pup for growling. The puppy class will more than likely fix this.
I had a 10 week old chi baby on my lap at a puppy class when a HUGE german shepherd stuck his nose too close for her comfort. She growled and lifted her lip at him. I was amazed! The teacher said she acted correctly! He backed off quickly, which was good. Chi's are very protective about their space sometimes.
No yelling here, I am a firm believer in purely positive training methods
I'm glad to hear the puppy class will likely do the trick. What I've been doing in the meantime is giving him a treat when he sees another dog, but before he starts growling, so hopefully he'll think "oh other dogs means I get yummy things
I see what you mean about being protective of their space! I was amazed at how fiesty he is at such a young age! My only other puppy experience is with our Lab who is completely different of course, typical Lab, just wants to be friends with everyone and everything (which comes with its own training issues for sure).
He doesn't growl at people but when strangers try to stroke him, he backs away in my arms and seems a bit scared? This is something I'm hoping the puppy class will work on as well, as I don't want scared to escalate to growling when strangers approach. I tried having the strangers give him his favourite treat, but he wouldn't take it from them. So instead I gave it to him while they were present, and I treat often when people pass close by, or he sees rowdy children, etc. I really want a very well socialised pup because I want him to be comfortable going to lots of places with me.