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I agree with Mia... put his booty on the ground! :lol:

I've never had that problem with Cooper but I never carried him; he has always walked on a leash. I think that's one of the reasons he doesn't do it.

You might also want to try some simple dominance training at home. You may have seen my other post where I suggested the dog never gets anything first. For instance, if you walk through a doorway, you go first. (This is a big one in my house - Cooper NEVER goes through ANY kind of entrance/threshold before me.) If it's dinner time, the humans eat first. If you're greeting family when you come home, the humans get the greeting first. By doing that, it shows the dog that he's not as important as he thought he was AND it's easy to do - okay, it's not easy to do the first few times. :lol:

Also, if he knows how to sit, having him sit before you place his food on the ground will gain you a lot of dominance. Just keep him in a sit until the food's on the ground and you've stood back upright - if he gets up to eat, take the food away and start all over. It takes a while, but he'll get the hang of it and by learning he doesn't eat until you say he does, his ranking in the house falls to follower, not leader.

If you show him you're the alpha dog, it will help you both inside and outside your house. But I'd definitely start putting him on the ground instead of carrying him. You can expect a little fear "aggression" from him once you do that but if you pair it with dominance training, he should stop once he gets the idea.

One last thing... don't react to his behavior when he's growling at people. If you say "Diego stop" and cuddle him in any way, you're reinforcing the behavior. If he does it, try saying a simple and firm "NO" and ignore him, turning your attention to the person he was "mean" to.

I hope this helps! If all else fails, sit him down and tell him growling is just plain rude! :lol:
 

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If he's barking, it could be a little of the alpha left in him. Once you have claimed the alpha role in the house, training him to stop barking will be much easier.

He may think he's protecting you (which is his job if he's alpha - or if you're still in the learning phases and he's not sure what he is in the pack order) or he may be barking out of fear. A simple snap of the fingers and a firm "shh" when he does bark will most likely get him to stop, although actual obedience training might help you learn what's best for you to do in those situations since everyone's different. And if you're practicing dominance, you're already one step ahead of everyone in training classes! :D

Just a question though - is he barking at people that pass by when he's in the carrier or being held or is he doing it on the ground as well? The carrier might represent a spot where he is "allowed" to bark since he's used to doing that there and has received what he thinks is positive reinforcement for barking while in there. You may need to get another one - different shape and color - to see if he will do it in the new environment.

Good luck... I'm glad he's starting to come around! :)
 

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Cooper is timid around people as well, although he handles it differently. He will run up to someone like "hi, who are you?" and when they lean down to pet him, he will step back far enough where they can't touch him. Sometimes, he'll run away from them as if they just kicked him.

Personally, that doesn't bother me because I know a stranger won't be able to pick him up and walk away with him if I have my back turned for a second.
 
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