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Told you I'd have lots of questions! Although I've raised Siberian Huskies from birth, Chis are a very different thing!

The last couple days we have noticed Harleigh growling a bit the occasional time she is picked up. The way I would have dealt with this in a sibe puppy is not going to work with a 1 1/2 lb Chi puppy! I understand a growl is a warning that she doesn't want to do something, or she feels threatened or scared, but I don't want growling to become a habit, and at the same time, I don't want to stop it completely because I understand this is the only way a dog has to warn. when she has growled, it is when she is being picked up to move from one place to another, or to be snuggled or cuddled. I want her to understand that she must accept being picked up by one of us at any time. I don't want to alpha roll her, she is too small for that, and if she is growling because she is afraid, alpha rolling will only enforce that fear.

Suggestions are welcomed! It's so completely different dealing with a baby chihuahua compared to a siberian! :eek:
 

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Hi everyone!

Told you I'd have lots of questions! Although I've raised Siberian Huskies from birth, Chis are a very different thing!



The last couple days we have noticed Harleigh growling a bit the occasional time she is picked up. The way I would have dealt with this in a sibe puppy is not going to work with a 1 1/2 lb Chi puppy! I understand a growl is a warning that she doesn't want to do something, or she feels threatened or scared, but I don't want growling to become a habit, and at the same time, I don't want to stop it completely because I understand this is the only way a dog has to warn. when she has growled, it is when she is being picked up to move from one place to another, or to be snuggled or cuddled. I want her to understand that she must accept being picked up by one of us at any time. I don't want to alpha roll her, she is too small for that, and if she is growling because she is afraid, alpha rolling will only enforce that fear.



Suggestions are welcomed! It's so completely different dealing with a baby chihuahua compared to a siberian! :eek:

Hi! How old is baby Harleigh? Is she snipping or getting snappy along with the growl? Some dogs just don't like to be picked up or cuddled. Does she willingly come over to you or other members of the household wanting to be picked up or cuddled? I would practice the come when called method when you guys want to move her or cuddle her (instead of just picking her up). Then once she comes try picking her up and handing her a treat. Hopefully she'll catch on and associate being picked up as a positive rewarding experience.
 

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Hi! How old is baby Harleigh? Is she snipping or getting snappy along with the growl? Some dogs just don't like to be picked up or cuddled. Does she willingly come over to you or other members of the household wanting to be picked up or cuddled? I would practice the come when called method when you guys want to move her or cuddle her (instead of just picking her up). Then once she comes try picking her up and handing her a treat. Hopefully she'll catch on and associate being picked up as a positive rewarding experience.
She is 8 weeks, so I guess this is the "fear period". I like your suggestion, she does come willingly, but she's still a little hesitant at times. She doesn't snap at ALL with the growl, just a little warning growl and she stops when she realizes it isn't really having the response she thought.
 

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She is 8 weeks, so I guess this is the "fear period". I like your suggestion, she does come willingly, but she's still a little hesitant at times. She doesn't snap at ALL with the growl, just a little warning growl and she stops when she realizes it isn't really having the response she thought.

Ahhhh ok. I think age is a major factor. She is quite young. Typically breeders will keep a pup til 12 weeks of age. This way potential pet parents will get a well rounded pup. You guys are gonna have to do all of the handling yourselves, all of which she would've learned from her mom and litter mates. Give it time. I'm sure she will come around.
 

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Neeva does this, If she's tired or not in the mood and I pick her she growls. But she's stopping now, as when she growls at me I growl back as mad as it sounds. She's learning now seems to snapping out of it. Pups will push boundaries they're little devils that way.

I dont have much advice as Neevas now learning her place and she knows she doesn't get any cuddles or kisses when she starts it not even with my older dog as he puts her in her place, but what I would say is I'm a huge believer in positive reinforcement when you pick her up and she doesn't growl I would make such a huge fuss about her and tell her how good she is. It'll soon start to click that "Hey when I get picked up I get all the loving!!"
 

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I totally agree with Caitlin and meoshia. Since she is only 8 weeks she will be anxious since she's so young, I would just give it time and focus on letting her come to you. When Darcy first came she didn't grow when she was about to be picked up but she would sort of duck and go towards the floor like she was scared but she doesn't do it now which is great. So hopefully once she is used to her new home and her new surroundings she will hopefully be able to relax in this situation. I would love to see some photos of her! :)
 

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I agree with the others. She's tiny, she'll come around. Just make sure to praise, praise, praise when she doesn't growl and you handle her. She might be a little spitfire... My 7 year old girl will growl at us if she's really comfy and sleeping and you go to move her. No snapping or anything either, so I just take it as "Ugh, do I HAAAVE to?!" type thing.
 
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