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    Maggie has been growling at everyone when getting picked up.
    Taking her out for pee breaks during the night for me..or when grandpa has her during the day.
    she growls if your next to her on the couch and move her over or pick her up.

    it needs to stop
    any suggestion on how?
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    http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Puppy-t...u-Pick-Them-Up i found this article.
    but dose anyone else have experiance with this?
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    Hmmm -- not a good sign and there could be any one of several causes. Disregard the article -- which is just stuff churned out by a content farm, not an expert article -- it is mostly pretty silly.

    I would guess all of this is basic guarding behaviour and should be addressed right away. But there are two other things I'd want to consider:

    The first thing is: how are you picking her up? A dog should never be picked up by its front 'arms', like a child or say, a cat (a far more flexible animal! ). To pick her up, she should be gently but firmly held with both hands, with support under her chest and under her hindquarters so she does not dangle. It can be very painful to pick up a dog by its from legs and could dislocate a shoulder. So this could be the cause?

    The second thing, if she is being picked up correctly, is to check with your vet that she isn't otherwise painful on her body (ie that there isn't pain causing her to growl when being picked up).

    Given that she growls when being picked up (and unlike that article's claim, that is not 'normal' for most puppies) and also growls on the couch -- this is at least in part, almost certainly guarding behaviour and should be worked on immediately. On the one hand, you need to work on gently handling her body so this is comfortable and normal for her. Then you also need to address the guarding (the couch behaviour).

    Ian Dunbar addresses both of these in After You Get Your Puppy. Have you downloaded it and if so, did you have a look for the sections that talk about these things? That's where I would start. At this time you should also be working every day on preventing food and object guarding, following his suggestions.

    Be sure to take daily time to work on these issues as guarding often keeps accelerating if ignored, or dealt with by punishment (which generally reinforces and worsens the behaviour) and can actually become a very dangerous behaviour (at extremes dogs will bite without warning and cannot be approached when guarding objects). But those are extremes and you have lots of time to work on this.

    Many dogs start this behaviour as puppies and that is why Ian Dunbar stresses so strongly the steps to take to avoid this, from day one.
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    Dogtime.com (another great dog info site along with www.dogstardaily.com) has this article which summarises Dunbar's key points on guarding training:

    http://dogtime.com/puppy-training-pr...ng-dunbar.html

    Dogs will often guard a sofa or the people on it. It's very hard from this end to analyse what is actually going on without being there and watching, however, to know what exactly she is guarding.

    You'll want to refer to the book to go through the info on getting puppies used to being handled and more on training to prevent guarding.
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    This is also a great article from Whole Dog Journal which includes information about sofa guarding:

    http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-train...uarding-2.html
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    sorry thanks for all the awesome info and readings.
    its getting better..grandpa and i are working on it. (its great having someone help me with her during the day..hes raised his own dog and helped raise oliver)
    Anyways..its getting better..its still happening at night time a little bit..dragging her out of crate to go potty..i think its a protest thing.. its HER space. she dosnt want to go out. but i say NO in a strong voice.
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    We had this issue with Sonny. He was frequently guarding the couch. I read through all of Ian Dunbars stuff on guarding and also got the book Mine by Jean Donaldson. Both of their advice was helpful for me.

    Sonny still occasionally exhibits guarding behavior, but it is always when food is involved and mostly with other dogs. We are still working on that...

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    I also would have her checked out to see if she has an injury that picking up aggravates.
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    Ill definitkey check the books out after pay day.
    And I like that suggestion.
    Her favorite is frozen blueberries. She dose a little prance/ jump for joy when getting them. Ill give that a try. Although it seems to be getting a bit better. Slowly. And lastnight she came up to me both times I went to take her out. No growling. I didn't even have to help her out. It would be awesome if that continues but I'm not holding my breath just yet.

    It's not a physical problem thank goodness. We were just at the get and she's a healthy little lady.

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