|Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 8:30am PST |
|I watched the video, and listened to it without watching it. Do you know what the breeder did with her while she was growing?
For instance, while I was raising Peach (Her mother is owned by my in-laws, but was on-premises so I did the legwork) I started with each puppy, every day, twice a day, the day after they were born. At first I just held them gently, then I graduated to stroking and holding parts of them for longer and longer periods, putting them on cold wet cloths and cloths fresh from the drier, turning them upside down and rolling them around. All before they opened their eyes.
Early handling like this is crucial for puppies to be used to human contact. Humans move and act strangely compared to other dogs! If the breeder didn't do any early handling like this, it may account for Gia being grumpy when she is handled "funny". Being picked right out of sleep is definitely funny handling! Does she also growl if you, say, move your legs out from under you, or only when you pick her up?
Also, please remember that brachycephalic breeds have breathing problems, so sometimes grunts and growls sound much worse than they actually are. Excessive aggression in young puppies is problematic, but every puppy tries on their big-dog britches eventually. At 9 weeks old Peach tried resource guarding. She growled and grumped about anything to do with her food! I showed her that was inappropriate and food was not a precious commodity, and she stopped. I can pick her up while she eats dinner, pop a treat in her mouth, and put her back down with no pomp now.
Gia may be trying to tell you a number of things. If she doesn't stop you may need a behaviourist, since any action can be a double-edged sword. Either you ignore it and she learns to escalate to biting when touched to prevent being picked up, or you cater to it and she learns to escalate to biting when touched to be put down.
But this does have to be taken seriously, or you may have one of those crazy little dogs that has a fit when it is touched any way it doesn't like. Aggressive dogs CAN and WILL deeply affect all of your relationships, so I would contact the breeder and let them know right away that this may be a future issue, and the dog may need to be returned if she escalates her behaviour. She may be family, but you have to make a choice: human family first, or furry family first? Your human family will support you. But if you put the furry family who would sooner bite you than support you first, you may need to rethink your priorities.
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