8 wk old puppy, aggressive?!
This is our 3rd GSD and she is doing something that is really concerning me/scaring me..at this young age, it is very surprising. Sometimes when we pick her up and hold her, she snarls. I mean, bares teeth and snarl growls and looks like she is going to bite. Where is that coming from at such a young age? She doesn't do it every time though. Other times she is licking our face and very happy go lucky. Is she just trying to tell us she has had enough, give her space, leave her alone? When she plays with Duke (our 4 yr old male mix) she stays calm and plays like a normal puppy. When she starts playing with Shelby (our 15 month old GSD) it starts out calm but then turns a bit aggressive. She bares her teeth and snarls at Shelby. Shelby is not as gentle as Duke because she is younger and more hyper in general. She doesn't try to hurt the puppy, but her size and faster movements are more of a challenge to the puppy.
So this concerns me that she is doing this, and especially being so young. Is it normal? Will she grow out of it? Or is it likely that it will get worse without correction?
When she does it, we have been holding her snout (not hard, just to turn it to our face), look her in the eyes and tell her "no, calm down" and in just a few seconds, she has calmed down and then we set her down on the floor.