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seattlesibe
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 12, 2013 12:06 am

yep, like that, but his stick was smaller and he doesn't look like a raccoon Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 12, 2013 1:22 am

Lol Laughing Well hopefully that works to ease the stress of picking up the little guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 10:38 am

They are so funny about certain things. I think they get into habits just like we do. I used to walk the same route all the time with Dizzy since I knew the sidewalks were cleaner in those areas, and he still tries to go that direction every walk we take, then acts all excited when we go a different way, even though we haven't gone that way in about 3 weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 2:40 pm

I wish there was a more definitive way to understand growling, because a growl is not a growl is not a growl. 

I wonder how many types there are that we all just refer to as "growling"?
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 3:02 pm

This is something I think I'm going to try with Dizzy, because I think it might give me a different perspective, but maybe have someone record on video you picking up Link and his 'growling.' You'll probably be able to notice different things about his expression and posture and maybe even your own. Also I downloaded that book you suggested and it is interesting, makes me want to go sit at the dog park and watch everyone else's dogs lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 3:08 pm

Oh, Inside of a Dog?  Awesome, let me know what you think.  We can chat about stuff too if you want, I really enjoyed that book. It is a great resource to learn how to communicate with a dog in dog language.

I could try to video it.  As of right now I am incapable of uploading videos, I think, because I don't think it is possible to upload a video right from my computer as it is for a picture....and I don't have an account anywhere that hosts videos.  I try to stay off the internet as much as I can and in fact this forum is literally my only online profile.  If I'm online I'm here learning about my pup or watching hockey highlights Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 3:09 pm

I didn't necessarily mean to upload, I just mean for your own information. I will probably NEVER upload a video that actually includes me lol
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 13, 2013 3:10 pm

Haha, noted.  That I can do with my phone.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptySat Jun 15, 2013 11:09 am

Balon did this as well, I made sure the way we were picking up  wasn't hurting him, and I continued to pick him up, in fact I had every member of the family pick him up randomly and he did the growly thing to everyone.  I decided it's just him talking, or protesting, and I continued to pick him up whenever I wanted to lol.  Now, when he comes to you for a snuggle, and you hug him, he still does the growly thing, I believe its his way of talking!
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptySat Jun 15, 2013 12:09 pm

I notice the same thong with hugging type of embraces too, June, that's funny, but only when it seems like I'm gonna pick him up. He actually seems to enjoy real hugs.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyFri Feb 21, 2014 9:40 pm

@seattlesibe wrote:
In our 3.5 months of having Link there's been one ongoing concern that I haven't been able to figure out or correct and I was hoping to get some feedback or suggestions.

The only time Link ever growls at me or my partner (both men) is when we pick him up, and sometimes even when we go to pick him up or fake it (just to experiment or prove the point).

He otherwise never growls, not around food or toys or bones, nothing. I could put my face in his bowl of raw bison and he'd just eat around me.

This has been the case since we got him. To be fair, it is not the "I'm gonna attack you" growl it's the " this is really annoying" growl. He has never snapped or attacked and even when we get him up he is pretty calm and just exists and goes along with it.

Some circumstantial stuff that is relevant: he grew up in a house full of dogs, a woman and three girls who all constantly picked up the puppies and could hold them like rag dolls with no protest.....and then there was the husband/dad who all the puppies hated and growled at when he picked them up.

Interestingly, our friend Rhia (a woman) can pick him up just like she does Korra and he says nothing, no growling or protest.

Any advice or suggestions or explanations?? Is the gender issue really relevant you think??

Cheers.


Hey I know this has been a bit but Simon does this too. He throws a bit more of a fit and will bit at us sometimes but once you are holding him he chills out. So just freaks out while being picked up. I want to convince him that being picked up isn't bad so when we pick him at the vets or if he hurts him self it isn't traumatic.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptyFri Feb 21, 2014 9:50 pm

We never worked it out. He's always hated it. eventually he was too big to do it and the problem went away.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 11:35 am

I have been working with Loki on hug and now have been picking his bottom up as he hugs me. He gets treated the whole time. He is not that irritated by me picking him up in general though. Right now I can just barely lift my lab and even my shepherd mix is hard as she is so tense. My hope is if I keep this up he will be more comfortable if I need to pick him up and carry him. I have had in past to carry my shepherd mix home when she had seizure on walk and when I have had to carry her to tub. I just want him not ti be so tense. Hope my plan works.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 9:32 pm

Deacon doesn't growl when my wife or I pick him up, but he is only okay with being held for about 10 seconds, then he starts going crazy and will wiggle his way right out of our arms.
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PostSubject: Re: Growling when picked up   Growling when picked up - Page 2 EmptySat Feb 22, 2014 10:58 pm

Achilles likes to protest whenever we pick him up, but it's more a "leave me alone, I'm comfortable" than an aggressive growl. He doesn't really have a choice, though, because we live in an apartment and the only way to currently get him downstairs and outside accident-free it to carry him. So, we're essentially ignoring his protests. Such great parents. Razz
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