Hi all, me again
Did any of your puppies growl when they were picked up? Mine only do it when they are tired and I'm okay that they want to show they are tired, but sometimes you need to move them, get them out of the car etc. So what to do? I have thus far ignored it and made sure I'm as fair and gentle as possible but tonight Greta really had a paddy and definitely went to bite hard.
Because she meant it, I'm afraid I held her by her scruff and said very firmly 'No!' I cannot have a dog who thinks its okay to behave this way. As I said, I am in favour of leaving her to sleep when she's tired but she needs to be okay with being handled when sleepy.
I thought of a few options:
- give her a time out in her crate when she misbehaves
- above plus desensitising ie 'can you let me approach you arms out?', 'can I put my hands on you' and so on to make sure being picked up is always rewarded, and often
- anything else??????
Thanks once again