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Old 09-10-2006, 01:47 PM   #1
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I have a 6 month old shih tzu who is very lovely but she seems to be growling quite often, mainly when she is getting picked up or does not want to be disturbed, especially in the car, she seems a loving dog apart from the growling side of her , has anyone any suggestions what this could be ? thankyou.

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hi.has she had an injury???
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hi.has she had an injury???
no shes been checked over for this by a breeder who also thought that but its definately a 'temper thing '

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Some people will probably tell you differently, but when I read a post like this, the first thing that comes in to my mind is, "dicipline."

Usually, when a dog throws a tempertantrum, its because they're not getting their way. Growling is a way of manipulating you into giving in to them.

This is much like your average 3 yr old child, who screams when they don't want to go bye bye.

I suggest getting your dog in a puppy kindergarten class, which will help socialize the dog to new people, situations, and objects.

You must learn a safe, harmless way to correct your dog for this behavior when they are a pup. Otherwise, the behavior will become more and more of a problem as the dog ages.
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thanks for that, your right what you say, i will go along to my nearest training class see what it can do for me thankyou for the idea .

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Well done, I agree that working on some basic obedience will probably have a positive impact on your dog. There are two possible scenarios here in my opinion:

1) as suggested above your puppy is being rude and needs to learn some more appropriate behaviour

or 2) your puppy is uncomfortable with being picked up specifically - obviously you have ruled out physically, but she may still be scared or feel threatened when being picked up

If 1 is the case you may notice problems in other areas too eg does she allow you to take food or a favourite toy away from her without a fuss? Will she get off the furniture when asked without a growl? Will she happily come when called even if she is snoozing?

If there are no signs of other issues, number 2 becomes more likely. If this is the case it is important that you condition her to accept regular handling in preparation for trips to the vet etc.

A good trainer will be able to give you lots of suggestions to help out either way...

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just to say that she actually bit me this morning after i was shouting at her for growling at me when i picked her up from the chair !!! I dont know what to do next can anyone help me please.

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Has she always had this or is it recently? Bruno was like that when we got him at 6 weeks old. We were told that his mother didn't carry the pups around and this is why he growned when we picked him up. But he had no choice, because in order to go bathroom outside he needed to be carried down a flight of steps because he was so little. Eventually he out grew the growling and now gives kisses and believes that he still weighs only 6lbs. Actually he's around 95lbs. Maybe this will help you......
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hiya thankyou for your reply, I do hope she will grow out of this as it does worry me, I also have a small daughter and worried that she will snap at her. I really dont know what to do when she does growl for no apparent reason, She seems to know she has been naughty today as I have not spoken to her all day, ( which I dont like , I feel sorry for her !! ) and she has been very quiet since, BUT she did growl at me again even after that episode, just as I was putting her in the car to pick my daughter up from school. Have you any suggestions as to what to do when she growls at us ?? Thankyou once again.

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My first idea that comes to mind, is that the puppy thinks she is Alpha. And doesnt see you or the family as Dominent. Maybe NILF will be a good Training process for you. NILF= Nothing in life is free. Means the dog works for Every thing.. Sit before she eats.. and you tell her ok.. or whatever release word you wanna use, she sits, downs, or w/e for a treat, she does something for you to put the leash on for a walk, etc.
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