Just wondering about this and if it is normal or should be corrected, and how.
Emma is very vocal at times, both wanting to play and during play or training. To me this is normal and apart of her personality. It happens along with facial expressions.
However the problem is when I correct her for something, such as "Leave It" or "No", or "Don't Bite" after yelling "Ouch" as is part of the inhibition program. Emma will vocalize her displeasure with the situation with a little bark, yelp, etc and she can be very persistant. Maybe she is like my daughter was at 2 when we would say "no" to her and she would yell No right back to us or went off pouting saying no no no to herself - boy does that bring back memories.
An example were playing tug and she jumped and got my hand on my end of the tug. I yelled ouch - she let go, barked and lunged righ back in. I then said "No/stop" which she did , but then became very vocal of the situation sitting, barking, play growl, while making mouthing/nipping motions towards the tug.
Another example is working on the bite inhibition where I let her play with my hand, until she gets rough. She is actually doing much much better. Usually I can say "Easy" and she will ease up on the force, but I have had to manually release her at times (fingers in the jaw), at which time she will play yelp/growl and mouth back like she is trying nip and to tell me I am wrong. Its like she is mad I stoped the play and is vocalizing her displeasure.
It gets really bad if I forget my manners and take a soft swipe at her, like the pant leg grab, where I "off" and may push her aside with the side of the other food.
Last night she was trying to jump up on the couch (not allowed and she knows it) the wife was saying "Off" and using an open hand signal, which she knows most of the time. During the action Emma jumped and got lightly bopped in the process (jumped into my wife's open hand). This set her back on her butt. Boy did she ever try to tell my wife off with all sorts of vocalization. Wife feels we should be correcting this some way. Wife tried to yell "stop" but Emma ignored her. I also yell "Stop" ( a bit louder than the Boss Unit
) to which Emma responded by stopping the ruckus, looked at me, doing a modified growl/yelp and laid down with other soft vocal noises, giving me her evil eye look
She is also 12 weeks today and growing like a weed.