Puppy growls when picked up - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Master Member
 
Speedy2662's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 537
Default Puppy growls when picked up

Hi! Recently Zack started growling when I pick him up, and after a second he is calming himself. I tried to give him a treat after he stops growling, but that doesn't show too much of effect. What can I do? PS. I am going to puppy training classes on Wednesday and there are behaviour specialists there, so I'll ask them too for help, but for now I would love some help from everyone here. Thanks
__________________
Zack: 9/9/12 - Living like a king
Speedy2662 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
GsdLoverr729's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,537
Default

Why are you picking him up? O.o
__________________
Kymmey
Mom To~ Dakoda (b/t GSD), Acheron (black GSD)
GsdLoverr729 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 04:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master Member
 
Speedy2662's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 537
Default

Sometimes I need to pick him up, there are situations that I need to pick him up :P
__________________
Zack: 9/9/12 - Living like a king
Speedy2662 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
GsdLoverr729's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,537
Default

Such as?
He is likely growling because he's having fun, and being picked up interrupts that fun.
__________________
Kymmey
Mom To~ Dakoda (b/t GSD), Acheron (black GSD)
GsdLoverr729 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
Master Member
 
Speedy2662's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 537
Default

Do you never pick up your puppies?
Well, there are situations like when my mum washed the floor and I come from outside and he has dirty paws, to get him in the bathtub to wash his paws, etc. Most of the times he isn't really playing, as I usually pick him up for a few seconds.
__________________
Zack: 9/9/12 - Living like a king
Speedy2662 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 04:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
GsdLoverr729's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,537
Default

I stopped picking Koda up around twelve weeks, aside from when she got hurt or sick. I'm sure someone else can give you an answer better than mine, if you aren't interrupting what he's doing.
He may also be becoming more independent, which would make being picked up unpleasant.
__________________
Kymmey
Mom To~ Dakoda (b/t GSD), Acheron (black GSD)
GsdLoverr729 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 05:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
Sunflowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Sunshine State
Posts: 7,533
Default

The dog growling is a clear communication on his part that he doesn't like what you're doing. Stop picking him up. He will grow to be 50 pounds and is not a toy breed you can carry around with you.
__________________
Norden von Narnia (Hans) DOB 1-15-2012
Sunflowers is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
Moderator
 
gsdraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mont Co, PA
Posts: 5,661
Default

If you have to pick him up, just hold him until he stops. His reward is simply being put down and only comes after he's calm. He shouldn't be put down when growling or trying to get away.

I am not typically of a fan of doing things just because I can but sometimes it is necessary to be able to handle a dog in ways they don't like. I do occasionally pick up Holly for no reason but it's because she had major issues being handled at all as a pup and fortunately, she's tiny.
__________________
Jamie

Raven (GSD) - December 8, 2007
Kaiser (GSD) - November 2009
Holly (GSD) - March 24, 2011
Best Paw Forward
Champ's Fund
gsdraven is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 06:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
Knighted Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2,761
Default

i am not understanding why the puppy should not be picked up. can some one explain.
huntergreen is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 06:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
Kyleigh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,317
Default

Adam, there is no reason to pick up your puppy. NONE! If you need to bring him to another part of the house and he has dirty paws, this is the perfect time to teach him some patience, and that getting paws cleaned is fun. Have a towel at the door and have him stand and take each paw in your hand and clean it off with a towel.

Be sure to praise / reward him when you're done.

I started doing that with Kyleigh when she was really young, and now when she comes in, she just stops on the mat and waits.

Since he knows how to shake a paw - you're halfway there!!!
__________________
Marionís Zoo-Kyleigh, London-cat, Echo-TAG, Ellie-Quaker; www.marionsquilts.com
Kyleigh is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:27 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com