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PostSubject: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 8:03 am

Mahlee is now 5 months old. As she gets older, she seems like she doesnt like when anyone pets her. Is this normal? She will be excited in the AM when we wake up and kiss bomb me, and same with when I come home from anywhere. She will sometimes roll onto her back when shes tired and let me pet her stomach. My concern is, Ill come to pet her sometimes and when i pet her on her sides near her legs she growls and jumps up and goes somewhere else. She doesnt snap or get angry, it just seems like shes uncomfortable or something. ANyone else experience anything similar?
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 9:28 am

Yes, my Mishka can be like that at times. When she is sleeping or lying down, she does not what to be bother. She will give a little strange "growling" noise. Not mean, just a noise, to say, "Hey, I'm comfortable here!"

I'm sure it is nothing to worry about and quite normal. Smile PS, mine is 5 months, too!
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 10:30 am

Sounds like normal adolescent behavior in the Brat Phase of development.

http://www.thepuppyportal.com/puppy-development.html

now is a good time to look out for food and resource guarding behaviors as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 12:07 pm

she is fine with the food and resources. she is well disciplined at such a young age. she wont eat unless i give her an ok to if I am feeding her her normal meals. and I take food out of her mouth and put my hands in her mouth when shes chewing toys and she looks away and drops the toy.
She lets me give her a belly rub if shes partially asleep. she just gets annoyed when shes fully alert.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 2:08 pm

Excellent! Same with us. Link has either been hand fed or eaten in my lap since day 1. Now that he eats raw food his bowl is in my lap and my hands are on him while he eats, and halfway through I take his bowl away, have him sit and wait, then resume.

Now that the bratty adolescence is here I'm really thankful he doesn't resource guard at all. With us.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 2:26 pm

She's super cute. I love you I'd work on praising her a lot when she does let you pet near her legs, never hurts.
Korra used to grumble when I picked her up and she was busy with something else. Now I can carry her at the dog park and she just chills. At a husky meet up a couple months ago, we literally passed her around so everyone could snuggle the "puuuuupy~"
Poor Korra. I bet her friends made fun of her.
And while it's not really necessary, it's nice to know your dog is comfortable with people in their personal space, independent of what they're doing or where they're doing something.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 2:33 pm

Same for Link with being picked up, now he's fine.

His testing limits and his independence is mostly showing by jumping on the sofa where he is not allowed and then putting up a fuss when we get him off and with being a bit more persistent around our food........"go lay down" takes a couple of extra minutes now Wink

We also stopped unleashing him in our hallway to "go home" because it became this game of chicken with him and he would try to turn it into a game of chase......not gonna go there with him on his terms.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 2:38 pm

Haha, Korra would do that with go home too! (we use it for her crate, not the front door though). Eventually if she didn't go into my room first, or right behind me, I just shut the door and had a party on the other side without her. She'd always be waiting with big puppy eyes when I opened the door again lol. Not that you can just abandon Link in the hall haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 3:12 pm

thank you all for the feedback! she slipped out of her harness the yesterday and ran like 10 feet and looked back and then decided she didnt want to go anywhere without me.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 3:18 pm

What a good girl! I hope she got a whole cow for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptyWed Apr 24, 2013 3:36 pm

I gave her some jerky!
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PostSubject: Re: Independence?   Independence? EmptySun May 19, 2013 11:43 am

This is very normal for a Husky (and from my experiences very common for females) they have their noise they make whenever you do something they enjoy but may just not want it done at this time (i.e. belly rubs, cuddling up next to them, picking them up, trying to play when they dont want to).

Its not aggressive at all, and you should quickly be able to distinguish between their noises and an actual growl, although most people who you come into contact with who are not used to huskies will not be able to. Mine does this all the time, and if you dont stop she keeps 'complaining', as all my friends call it, but does so with the biggest smile on her face.
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