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Hello Gang,

Quick question: Our 12 week old male Udo gets a little growly at times when picked up. We have been through the resource gaurding stage where the kids (5 & 10) were treated to a couple of growls over their reaching for Udo's raw bones. No issues w/plain food. That we solved immediately putting them in charge (supervised of course) requring sits and downs, and "drop its" with respect to Udo's bone. This has worked very effectively to terminate the issue.

As additional backstory, Udo has always been very vocal ~ not yappy or barky - just lots of grunts, singing, etc. when playing with us or with his toys in his kennel. He is a very emotive GSD when playing unlike my last two.

One interesting issue crops up occassionally: When he is extra tired - and we know when he hits that wall because we are fairly regimented with feeding, walks/play, free time and crate - and I pick him up while he is focused on something and in the frenzy state (sometimes after eating) he growls. This does not sway me any and I continue to take him where I had intended, ususally his crate. The growling is short lived and is sometimes an offshoot of a grunt from the pressure of being picked up, and though of the play growl vareity, it is also clear he is trying to let me know he does not want to be moved. This morning it happened right after breakfast while going nuts trying to dig up cat poop. (Don't ask!)

My question: How should I discipline this? Should I discipline this with force or simply state a calm, assertive and firm "No" or "No Growl" as I have been and continue with our business - ie moving to inside the house or crate? In the old days I would have gotten very physical with him and made him know this will "never" be tolerated. After learning a lot on this site and lots of reading, that is not the route we are going to take with him as a 12 week old. Also, we know this happens when he is in a certain state of mind - that frenetic puppy state or when picked up right after eating a large meal. It is very predictable. It has only happend a few times and he never growls at any other time (ie indoors, before meals, during non tired play, etc.).

Any thoughts or comments on how some of you might approach such a situation would be most appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I think I would just ignore it at this stage if the growl doesn't precede a snap or bite. He's just grumbling.

I'd look for patterns - you seem to be doing that - and consider that maybe he's being handled too much for comfort.

Think 'baby meltdown' after a long day.
 

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Thanks for the response Anne! Appreciate the thought. I agree, definitely grumbling and certainly no snap or bite. He is also getting to the size the he probably should be on the lead and then escorted back into the house when we see he is gearing up to do the "frenzy dance".

Kind of like carrying my kids back into the house now that they can easily do it themelves! They would not like it, especially with full tummies!
 
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