12 week old growling

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We just brought our new girl, Aspen a few weeks ago. Other than the typical puppy biting, chasing etc, which is getting better, she has been a very sweet pup. My question is about an incident we had just the other evening. My 10 year old son loves to snuggle with her a little at bedtime before we put her in her crate for the evening. I heard some growling in his room so I went in to see what happened. He said he was trying to move her off the bed and she wouldn't let him. I asked him to try to move her again and sure enough, she aggressively growled and snapped at him. She is only 13 weeks old and I was so shocked. He was not hurting her in any way and he is always very gentle her to the point where he has a hard time reprimanding her at all. She got a firm reprimand from me and went to her crate. I am wondering if this was hopefully a one time incident or if I should be concerned about her temperament. She is not possessive of toys our food and she is learning to take commands from all my boys with the use of a clicker. Any ideas our suggestions are much appreciated as now I am very worried about how she is going to be with my kids. Thank you!!

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Any advice?

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 sorry can't really say . take her to your vet cause it could be any number of things .to her just testing her boundries or a medical situation she is young to start with such aggression.

Most dogs don't see children as someone who can boss them around - you need to take this seriously and not allow the puppy to get into a situation where it is trying to one up the kids. This does not mean that your puppy won't become a great family dog. I had a puppy once that tried to growl at my youngest daughter a few times. I made sure it didn't happen again and that the puppy understood that it was not allowed to be above kids - you have to supervise 100%.  That dog turned out to be a fabulous bomp proof therapy dog that I took to nursing homes, library reading programs, and autistic classrooms.  

Remember that your puppy is just a baby - you have to teach them (positive not negative) what is allowed and what isn't.

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Thank you SO much for your reply Fitzmar. This leaves me with great hope. She will be 5 months old on the 27th and really has been doing wonderfully. I've worked very hard with her as well on not chasing and biting the kids and she is doing SO much better! Your response really helps me feel like she still has potential to be a great dog. THANK YOU!!! :-)