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I have a question about some strange behavior Britta has.

If she falls asleep somewhere not in her crate then we have to move her when its time for everyone to go to bed. Sometimes she will get irritated when she is woke up because we are moving her. Its not all the time. We always try to wake her up to get her up on her own so she can go to the bathroom before bed but sometimes she is lazy and will lay there and just look at us so that is when we pick her up. She will growl and grumble sometimes when we do this. I don't think its aggressive, more just of her complaining about being woke up. She will also do this sometimes if she is somewhere she shouldn't be or doing something she shouldn't. Its like she gets mad for being picked up? But then other times same situations she is fine. Like I said its not consistant.

Maybe I just have a crabby puppy who is a little bit of a rebel...my other two dogs weren't like this when they were puppies. My Weimeriner is a grouch now that she is older but that is only if you bother her while she is sleeping.

I know soon we won't be picking Britta up at all so it may stop when that happens but I also don't want it to get worse if it is a problem.

I forgot to mention when she does give us her attitude we do give her a firm "NO" and she will stop but she hasn't learned to not do it at all.

PS- she is so lazy when she is sleepy....never seen a dog so hard to get out of bed in the morning. Maybe she is having a party in her crate all night? Once she is up and out of the crate she is fine after a few minutes...its getting her to come out that is the problem.

Any advice? Maybe I am too worried...it has been a little while since I have dealt with a puppy

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Hi and Welcome Steph, I haven't said that yet, sorry.  Now about the growling---she is NEVER to growl at you.  If she doesn't like getting picked up (my girl didn't either but she just wiggled alot) you should put a leash on her and make her get moving.  It sounds by her attitude that she maybe doesn't think you're the boss of her.  A dose of the NILIF (nothing in life is free) might be good for her.  I'm sorry, I don't remember all of your introduction, but are you taking her to any puppy/obedience classes?  They are great for both you and her.  A doberman needs training, they almost crave it.  It's time at her age to make sure the manners are getting a solid foundation.

Once she's awake, does she play really long and hard?  Maybe it's just she's worn herself out.  But, if you don't think she's acting right, a trip to the vet and possibly bloodwork might be in order.

Having said all that, let me just say, SHE'S A VERY PRETTY GIRL! and once again welcome.

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Thanks for the response!

I am going to enroll her in classes but I'm waiting for her final shots to be done. Next week I believe.

When she is up she does play long and hard. She tries to keep up with my two older dogs (Weim 5 years and GSP 4 years) so I am sure they are wearing her out.

I'm thinking she is just grumpy and thinks she can get away with complaining about it. She has been getting better and doing it less often. I was just worried it wasn't a normal puppy behavior and I should do something sooner.

She did have blood work, the vet insisted on it prior to her ear crop to ensure everything was good. I also talked with him about her grumbling and he just chalked it up to her being sleepy and annoyed. Well in my eyes I am the boss and she needs to figure that out too :)

I just wanted to check with the experienced dog owners and make sure I am doing everything needed to make sure she understands who is the boss. Getting her on the leash is a good idea but then it would be me pulling her lazy butt off the couch...she is really that lazy. When I make her get up on her own she slides off the couch slowly and and acts like she is drunk for a few seconds. Then she wakes up and is her normal self. I've just never seen such a sleepy dog that takes so long to wake up. But I guess since she is playing so hard its probably wearing her out.

 

Thanks again for the input!

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Welcome!  I agree that she should never growl at you.  Growling, whether groggy or not, (IMO) is a dog feeling they have some authority to do so.  NILIF worked great for us.  Google it and see what you think.  Also, Reesie can't get on furniture and cannot walk through doors before us.  Doesn't seem like much, but helps him understand his place in his pack.  We have had no more growling since we really stuck to the rules.  It makes life with your dog so much better when you don't have to worry about it.  It's worth the work, but it is work!!  Hope it goes well!

Welcome Steph,

Happy and Blue gave good advice. Here's a good read.

http://leerburg.com/ebooks/puppygroundwork.pdf

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Gideon is a lazy-bones, too. We all leave the house at 6-6:30 and he wants to snooze. It's difficult to get him out of the rack even to eat. He acts normal afterwards...just not a morning dog. I just posted on another thread about Gideon getting grumpy over being moved to the end of the couch - no growling, just a long whine/groan and other vocalizations. You definitely want to nip the growling in the bud.

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all your input. I will check out the NILIF :)

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Yeah I've always said you should be able to take anything away from or do anythng to your dog and they should always allow you to without protest.   Whether taking their favorite toy or flipping them over on their back and holding them down a second.  Allowing you to do these things shows there is no question on who is in charge.  They are submissive to you because they know their place.

 

Growling at you is often just a step away from snapping at you and you don't want it going there.  Curb it now you'll be gratefull as she gets older.  She's challenging you now, so if you let it continue she will snap when she feels she can 'win'.