Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: S. Idaho
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1. Call your breeder *now* - not four months from now when there's a real problem and the pup is conditioned to react inappropriately. This is fixable now. It won't be near as simple in four or six months.
2. Do not - do not! - repeat what you did. Reread your post. Pup growled, you did not correct. You walked away, thought about it, walked back, checked to see if you had the same reaction (yes), and then tried to get pup's attention with a treat. If you don't understand why the above is *bad* you need to find a good trainer and follow every piece of advice they give you.
3. Put a leash/rope/checkcord on this pup so you can get your hands on him anytime you want.
4. You're going to need to change your perspective on the pup's place and your place in this world. You are allowed to tell your dog no. You are allowed to tell your dog to move. You are allowed to make rules, set expectations, and demand your dog meet them. This is okay. Normal. Perfectly acceptable. It is your house, your family, your stuff. He needs to behave and be a polite member of the family if he's going to be allowed to stay.
On the topic of the perspective, allow me to explain. This-- "I came again towards him with some treats to get his attention but nothing really worked, he was obsessively digging chewing the soil. Any light touch (showing treats in hand) resulted in warning growl. After a while he left the digging and 'returned to normal'." --would never happen at my house. A) If a verbal command didn't get his attention he'd get physically moved and he'd pay attention the next time I said something. Ignoring me is not acceptable. B) The pup would probably never growl at me because the "pack structure" had already been established through the course of normal day-to-day activities. If he did growl he'd find out very very quickly that behavior is not acceptable. C) I would never ever sit around watching the misbehaving puppy until he finally left digging... wow... I would strongly recommend obedience lessons with a good obedience trainer who has a proven track record. Pup needs obedience training. You need a crash course in reading and responding to canine behavior. (You have kids - would you sit around casually watching while they mock you and refuse to clean their room or other requests?)
Not trying to be mean - just blunt - you've got some phone calls to make and major life changes to make or this pup will hurt someone (you or your family), or he'll be euthanized before he's 2. He's likely not a dangerous animal (most aren't), but poor training/lack of training can turn normal puppy behavior into something incredibly dangerous.
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