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OceanGolden
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Hi.

We recently added a very loving, very sweet, sometimes sassy 9 week old golden to our family. We lost our beloved 13 year old golden last Spring. Needless to say, it's been a while since we've had a wild bundle of gold in our midst!

She's house training really well- often asks to go outside, no night accidents in quite a few days,we've been quite astounded!

But... because there are steps up our basement stairs she's still too small to do on her own, we have to carry her in and out of the house.

On the way out, she's perfectly fine--- a bundle of joy, licking your neck, loving being held etc.

However, when it's time to come in--- EVEN IF she's asking to go in at the door (she doesn't much like the cold)--- she throws a horrible fit. Growling, biting, curling her lip back... it's disconcerting to say the least!!!

She does it until we reach the kitchen door, and then she's a cuddly bundle ready to play once more. We always spend time with her immediately when she comes in-- so it's not that she hates the thought of being left alone inside!

I think it happens more intensely when she's tired or hungry before meals... but it happens every time.

It does not happen when we come in from walks through the front door- so it's not that she doesn't like being held coming up stairs.

WHY is this aggressive behavior happening??? and what can we do to help control it??? Anybody have any ideas?

Once she goes off, how can we settle her down or let her know it's not okay to growl like that?
 

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Sounds like your pup has some anxiety going up the basement steps. You need to look at it through a puppies eyes and see if you can think of anything that might be scary. Is it dark, are their dark shadows. Anything that might be scaring your pup.
 

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Sounds like your pup has some anxiety going up the basement steps. You need to look at it through a puppies eyes and see if you can think of anything that might be scary. Is it dark, are their dark shadows. Anything that might be scaring your pup.
I was going to say the same thing, sounds like she's afraid of being carried up those stairs for whatever reason.
 
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