cocoa growled at me

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  1. luvmydogs

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    cocoa growled at me..now what?

    and tried to nip/bite me. she was sitting on my lap, and when i wanted to get up, i picked her up and she didnt want me to , so she growled and tried to bite me. i said NO!!! in a growly voice but she kept on doing it. how ca i stop her from doing this>? i dont want to hit her on hre nose. but how does she understand that she cant get away with it?
     
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    "hit her on her nose"? Please dont ever hit your dog.

    When ever shadow used to try and bite me (only in a playful way never agressively) I would immediately stop playing with her, tell her "no bite" and ignore her. If she did what your dog did, I would have told her "no bite" and put her in the kitchen for a time out. This method worked for me. But it doesnt work for everyone. Some people suggest putting bitter apple spray on their hands, and other things. I cant advise you on other methods as I have not used them. My method worked for me. I am sure you will get many more responses with advise on how to stop this behaviour. Try using the search button, type in "biting", you may find some helpful info on here already.
     
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    no ure not digging a bigger hole...lol i'm just reassuring u that i did NOT take it the rwong way :p stop panicking ;)
     
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    ok thats good.
     
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    Well the problem is that ignoring a dog when he's growling because you're doing something he doesn't like is not going to make them stop the behavior.
     
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    thats why I said the method worked for me, Ive only used it when shadow was nipping playfully, she's never growled at me. So thats why I said this may work for me but not others.
     
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    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/nothingfree.htm

    There. Read that and do some of those things.

    How old is your pup? Are you sure she was growling in an angry way? It wasn't play? In any case, do some of these things. I don't think you have to carry it to an extreme, but why don't you make it clear who's in charge of your household and your life. This is not done by scolding but by controlling what she needs and wants.

    Glad you two kissed and made up. LOL. just kidding. Let's get back on the topic here. We are all a bunch of nuts about our dogs...and that's the main thing.
     
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    i AM tryin the NILIF thing, i just dont know how to stop hr from growling. its an aggressive growl and even snapping now. everytime i pick her up and want to get her off my lap
     
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    If you do those things mentioned in NILIF....that's what will stop her from growling after she turns around from thinking she has a right to growl at you. First off, take away the privilege of sitting on your lap on furniture...no more furniture privileges or lap privileges for some time until things are changed and changed for good. Don't leave toys around for her 24/7. YOU decide when she will get a toy and she will earn it first by sitting or some other obedience skill. Practice obedience skills every day a few times, using motivation and reward methods. Make it fun and rewarding and short for her. But you're telling her to perform some skill for you BEFORE she gets ANYTHING she likes...from going outside (opening the door) to getting a toy, treat, dinner, a pat, an affectionate word....anything. Get her respect back on you and the rules. Be consistant. That's #1. Get your attitude into one of confidence and stand tall. Be assertive and firm, but not harsh. Follow through with any command you give her. In other words, never ever give a command and let her get away with blowing you off. Make sure you enforce every single, eensy teensy command and rule.

    In fact, when you feed her her dinner (I assume a high value thing to her) have her sit. Hand feed her a few bites. (even if she's not food guarding aggressive) This shows her that if she wants to live, she better look up to you. In between bites, move around and have her lie down on command or come and then again, feed her some bites. Do this for about a week every meal.

    Obedience training really solidifies the relationship between leader and student. LOL. Who runs things? She needs to know her place. Use extra special, yummy, but tiny treats and praise when rewarding for compliance. When you do an obedience "session" do it when she's hungry. And practice skills here and there during the day. Make her want to obey and look up to you in the worst way. Make these treats/reward of very high value.

    Don't dish out a bunch of affection for nothing. I know that seems harsh and unnatural and you won't have to do this forever, but for a week or two even, ration that out for times when she deserves a reward for compliance with an obedience trick. Give her the cold shoulder at other times. Not mean, just uninterested. And when you need her to get off the furniture (because she needs to lose this luxury for a while) coax her off by getting her interested in a toy or something, say, "OFF" at the same time and praise her for getting off. If she does not get off, it's time to put a harness and leash on her and pull her off. Don't leave the leash on her unsupervised, however. (dangerous) But when you're around to keep an eye on her.

    One last thought.....if she is not growling at you about anything else, but when you pick her up to take her off your lap, is it possible that she has some ouchie somewhere?

    Keep us posted. If you do things right, she should show a turn around in a couple of weeks.
     
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    ok i sure will try it. thank you. its going to take a lot not to giev hre kisses etc...i'm going to have withdrawal symptoms ;)
     
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    I just saw in your other thread that she's only 8 weeks old????? Is this still her age? If so, then I doubt very much that she is being aggressive toward you. It just can't be. She might have something hurting her somewhere.
     
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    yes she is 8 weeks old. i just got her 2 days ago. believe me though, she IS growling when i try to get her off of me.....maybe she needs warmth??? she is always shaking...and she knows i love her. i will still continue with the NILIF. she des the food thing....sit then eat, and she sits before i give her a treat etc....its just this one thing.
     
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    Maybe you're hurting her when you're picking her up?
     
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    maybe. i got ogre hands.lol also, she is not food aggressive towards me, but towards the cat. is that normal? the lady who had her fed all the puppies she had from one big dish....that could be the reason huh? that she didnt get to eat much or something?
     
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    I'd get her checked out thoroughly by a vet. Something doesn't sound right to me.

    Yeah...it's normal about the food guarding toward the cat. I'd seperate them and let her have her own time to eat, but continue to get her use to you sticking your hands in her bowl once or twice a day. She shouldn't guard her stuff from you. Other animals....that's another story.
     
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    I would get her checked by a vet, she may have a tummy problem. If not she is probably trying to push you into doing what she wants you to do in which case NILIF training is definetely needed. Our new puppy is trying to do the same thing, barking to get out of her crate for no reason, trying to eat people food instead of her puppy food. You need to let them know what is expected of them what they are to do and not to do.
     

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