My puppy, Rico is the sweetest, he is loving and friendly and just a really good dog. i train him often, and work with him. the problem i have been having though is that when he is outside and i tell him here, he sits there and looks at me, then when i attempt to bring him to me to show him what i wanted, he will run away and start to growl at me and bark. Just wondering if he is trying to play, or be mean? Also, am i doing the right thing by going to get him and bring him to me, to teach him what he needs to do. it does not seem to be working..
Well I disagree with pretty much everyone because for my dogs (and I'm on dog #4 ) they ALL as puppies display the behavior you describe as wanting to invite me to PLAY.
Your example is a specific incident that clearly shows a time that any smart puppy would MUCH rather try to 'trick' you into playing (fun fun fun) rather than going back into the house (boring boring boring). And the fact is if you now have to go chase him down and catch him you are playing is game so his invitation , a DOG invitation, was understood by you and you have engaged! WHOOHOO!!!
If you would now like to break down your relationship with your puppy who just wants to have a normal round of play, by over reacting and deciding this is a huge rebellious phase, I think it's a huge mistake.
This is JUST a normal training thing that we, as humans need to figure out before going into the yard and how we can manage/get our pup to come back into the house. So if it's by playing with the pup for a bit with a tug, and then dragging the tug/pup into the house, then that's making going into the house PART OF THE GAME.
Or running into the house and immediately going to the treat jar 100% of the time.
How are the dog classes going? Will your puppy listen in class with the other puppies? What does your instructor recommend?
How is your general 'engagement' training going? Engagement - Key to Training
Have you learned how to use the clicker/marker training yet? Intro to Clicker Training (perfect for puppies!)
Listen to the NORMAL growling between these 2 dogs playing (30 sec)
This totally sounds like play to me...runng away, growling, barking.
How old is Rico?