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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Phoebe is my first puppy, so I really don't know what is normal and what is not. When she plays with her toys she can get really riled up and growl and bark at them. Is this okay? As long as she doesn't do it with people? Thanks for all the advice guys. I appreciate it a lot!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 02:38 PM
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In my experiance, that is normal puppy play Heck, my "puppy" (over a year now, lol) still growls and barks at her toys when she get's really riled, lol. Like you said, as long as she isn't showing aggression to people, it's fine.
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I think it is completely normal as well Paige has just started to bark and she is 10 weeks old so hopefully she won't be a very vocal Chihuahua. They say there is two kinds of Chihuahua's when it comes to them barking, there is either a very quiet dog that only barks when it is completely necassary and then there is the kind thta barks about everything, if your Phoebe is already barking and she is just 6 and a half weeks you may have gotten your hands on a noisy one!!!
I always like to watch puppies play real rowdy with all the barking and growling, I think it is normal as long as you can pet her in the middle of her playing and her tail starts to wag, if she goes after your hand then that is something that, In my opinion can be worked with.
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this is totally normal! i would do what angelaT said and interrupt her play and see if she reacts to you in an ok way. but yah, taking out their aggression on their toys is good.

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Encourage her to get rowdy and growl at her toys but make it a command to stop on cue. If she growls and barks at your hand while playing you'll need to do some training on that but if not and you can calm her down quuickly and easily that's great!!! When you are calming her down after making her all rowdy use a calm voice and use a word like settle or something....take the toy off her so that she knows that as soon as the toy is gone she has to be calm again!

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