HailisMommy;525179]So far she is a little cutie pie that is doing well with house breaking and listening to me for the most part. Only the last couple of days she has been growling a lot when I pick her up and just today she got more aggressive and tried to bite me. Luckily she is small enough that when I was holding her she could reach me to bite me (she was flailing around in my hands growling and nipping pretty bad for a little puppy).
There's a reason why she's growling when you pick her up, and tries to bite you because you didn't listen to her warning you NOT to pick her up (that's what the growling is - it means stop what you're doing)! Maybe the way you're holding her makes her feel insecure, or, maybe she hurt herself, and picking her up hurts.
I immediately crated her and told her "no" and kept her in the crate for about 10 minutes and she was fine after that. I also put my finger to her nose and said "no" every time she growls at me.
Crating her serves no purpose, because your puppy has no clue why you stuck her in the crate. The worst thing you can do is to punish a dog for growling. You're teaching her to not growl a warning, but to go straight to the bite.
Is this normal for a puppy this young? Is she trying to "test" the waters with me? I got my first puppy when she was about 3 1/2 months old and she was such an angel but this one seems to have an attitude.
Puppies get wildly excited, bark, make growly noises, get mouthy, and even nip. My Standard Poodle puppy leaped and jumped and gave me "love nips," in her wild joy at seeing me after I'd been away from the house for a time. Her nick name was "land shark!" LOL I turned my back and ignored her, or else I went into another room, removing myself from her access. Then I'd try again in 1-2 minutes (10 minutes is too long). It didn't take her long to figure out that jumping and nipping = loss of me, the very thing she wanted. Lucia still gets wildly excited, BUT, she's learned to sit, and wait for me to lean down so she can place her paws on my shouders, and bury her head in my neck, while I pat, or give her butt scratchies. We're both happy.
Saying NO, and putting your finger to your puppy's nose isn't teaching her anything. She doesn't know what "no" means, nor what your finger in her face means. Instead of thinking in terms of what you DON'T want her to do, think of what you'd rather have her do instead. Distract her when she starts the unwanted behavior, then redirect her to a wanted behavior (a sit, or shake paw), then follow up with positive reinforcement.
I want to stop the growling and biting NOW since I have neighbors with kids and I don't want her to bite one of them. She is so lovable most of the time but at least once or twice a day she growls and gets very mean. Any advice would be great!
Sounds like excess puppy energy to me. When Maddy was a young puppy, she would bark/growl, and run like a maniac, then charge me, stopping before touching me, and leap from side to side, barking, growling, her eyes wild! I thought she was insane! She was simply trying to get it through my thick skull that she needed more exercise and mental stimulation than she was getting! There's not a mean bone in her body, but, she looked like a mad devil! LOL Maddy is very intelligent, and I wasn't meeting her needs - she was bored, bored, bored!
What is your puppy's daily routine? What kind of exercise does she get? What do you do to provide her with mental stimulation? Do you take her on walks? For car rides?