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Old 10-14-2017, 05:30 PM
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Hello from England! Here is Koji, our 11 week old boy who we have had for a week:



He's lovely and coming along very well already with training. We've been taking him out for socialising (the park, the grocery store, town centre, and so on). He's fine with people but today we took him to the pet store and he was growling at other dogs and animals (bunnies). I was carrying him as he can't go down on the ground yet outside of our home/garden (he'll be getting his second vacc on the 19th). We're also signed up for puppy classes to help with his socialisation, starting on the 29th.

Is this growling something we should be worried about? Is it something he'll grow out of, or might things change once he's able to be down on the ground? Or is this something we'll need to work on via training?
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Hi,
I am no help whatsoever regarding his growling, but I did want to say how gorgeous your little guy is!
I am also the proud mama to a 10 week old black and tan chibaby, except ours is a little smooth coat guy.
How did you manage to post a photo? I have been trying to post a pic of our boy for days and it never works lol.
Looking forward to following your boy as he grows too.

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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.
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Hi,
I am no help whatsoever regarding his growling, but I did want to say how gorgeous your little guy is!
I am also the proud mama to a 10 week old black and tan chibaby, except ours is a little smooth coat guy.
How did you manage to post a photo? I have been trying to post a pic of our boy for days and it never works lol.
Looking forward to following your boy as he grows too.

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Thanks Can't wait to see yours! I used https://imgbb.com to upload it, then all you do is copy over the code they give you and voila!
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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.
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He is super cute! That little face is adorable
Sounds to me like your doing a great job. I'm sure puppy classes will help. Especially once he's able to walk on a leash and learn "manners"
I think it might just be a "Chi" thing as he is a bit afraid of new people. But it's definitely good that your starting at a very young age.
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I think that his not taking treats from new people means he is too scared/upset/anxiety ridden. Just keep giving him tiny treats while new people just are around and not petting him. Meantime I think you're doing great.
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He is super cute! That little face is adorable
Sounds to me like your doing a great job. I'm sure puppy classes will help. Especially once he's able to walk on a leash and learn "manners"
I think it might just be a "Chi" thing as he is a bit afraid of new people. But it's definitely good that your starting at a very young age.
Thanks Ari I'm taking him out twice daily to socialise him, and tomorrow he gets his second jab so he'll be able to walk on his own soon. Looking forward to that, as I'm sure he is!
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