growling

by Wanita
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I have an almost 10 week old Jack Russell and he growls really bad it is almost like a visious growl and he bites I know just puppy bites but if he were any older I would swear he is vicious. How can I get him to stop? Of course he growls when you try to take something away that is normal but when I go to take him off another pet or pick him up to go outside. is this a normal trait?

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Mar 05, 2012
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trying
by: Wanita

Thank you all for your help. We are working with him. He comes from a reputable breeder and he was around allot of other puppies especially labs. We have also gotten a 7 week old lab from the same breeder and the JR and the lab were playmates. I have just never seen a puppy growl like this. When he does we hold him up and tell him NO untill he starts to lick us. Don't know if it will help but we will keep working with him.

Mar 05, 2012
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Not uncommon.
by: Anonymous

Where did you get the dog? I'm sure when you bought the dog you were under the impression that it was a "responsible breeder" (those two words should never be in the same sentence!) Often times when puppies come from unhealthy breeding, or living environments they do not have enough time to interact with there siblings before being sold for quick money. Or the litter mates die..it could be ANY number of reasons but commonly when we get a litter of puppies from puppy mills they show behavior like that, they simply did not learn from the time that their eyes opened how to interact with the other litter mates, what sort of play is okay, and what sort is painful. Also sounds like with the picking up that the dog has had 0 interacting or socialization with other animals or people. If I were you I would take a really good look into where the dog came from. If you believe that none of that could possibly be playing a roll in the situation then I would go about things with this dog from a firm, but very careful point of view. Don't be stand offish, but also don't be a push over. If he bites to hard or gets too rough then be sure to let him know it, only in a way that he will understand. I would try a very loud quick squeal like you were trying to sound like an injured dog. Start obedience training, sit,stay,come,lay down. If you can correct his behavior by getting him to take a command (and then getting a nice treat!) then that is a very positive healthy way to get his whole idea of when he needs to growl and when he does not. Also the trade idea is a wonderful plan for when he has something. Treats or toys, just act like whatever YOU have is the most fantastic thing ever. Whatever you do, do it quick! you do not want to let this go and end up with an adult dog who you cant have around kids or other animals. Also, get him neutered ASAP!! He could do with less testosterone.

Mar 04, 2012
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Growling
by: Beth

It is not uncommon for puppies to growl. I would turn your back and ignore him if he is growling. If you are going to take something from him that he wants then you should trade it for a treat. It sounds like he may not liked to be picked up - maybe you should avoid this, or give her a treat before and during. I would look into obedience/socialization classes as well, that could be fun for both you and your Jack.

Mar 04, 2012
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Growling
by: Deborah

It might just be a puppy thing!But I would probably get a trainer to make sure it does not get any worse.That is what I would do I have 2 JRT,s and both of mine have nevr done anything like this!

Mar 04, 2012
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Growling
by: Deborah

It might just be a puppy thing!But you might want to get a Trainer involved to make sure it does not get any worse!

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