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Hi there ..I have my beautiful 14 week old cockerpoo gal for around 4 weeks now .she has a smooth face and isn't really that curly apart from around her neck , However this week she is getting a few white longer hairs around her eye brows , most pups I have been looking at have fluffy faces pretty soon .
I guess it's fun to watch how she will turn out ,
However I'm concerned as she often growls when my eight year old granddaughter picks her up and gets very hyper around my daughter who is in her twenties .. tonight she full on snapped at her out of no where ,however I know she was tired as she went for her first walk out today .
I had a poodle as a child that turned out to be quite vicious so I'm a bit concerned and looking for advice how to stop this , We all love her so much and apart from this she is so good .any advice ? Thanks ..
 

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Welcome.
At 14 weeks Lottie is right in the crockapoo stage. Consistent, kind, reward based training is the way forward.
I would gently remind your granddaughter that Lottie is a dog, not a toy, and it would be best not to pick her up, but play and cuddle with her at ground level.
Do remember that a young pup needs time to rest when she won't be disturbed. She also needs things that she can chew on. A frozen knotted up old tea towel, a carrot, a kong toy, other chew toys....
Perhaps you, your daughter and your granddaughter could research some You Tube puppy training videos and have a go at teaching Lottie how to do some basic obedience sit, down, maybe roll over and leave a treat... it would be wonderful for your granddaughter to have the positive role model of both you and your daughter training the pup - just little 5 minute games every now and again.
Have you enrolled in some dog training classes - it is very important to make sure your pup has plenty of opportunities to socialise with other dogs and people and get new experiences so that she can become a confident and happy little dog.
Have a read around in the Puppy Place and Training and Bonding - there is lots of good stuff on this forum!
Good luck.
(We'd love to see some pics of your pup :) )
 

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Thanks for the advice .Lottie has visited other dogs and is wonderful around them ,also we have seven cats and that's a challenge ,she is sussing them out one by one as to who will play and who to avoid ,I supervise when she is around them as worry she can get hurt ,,she adores my two year old grandson and doesn't growl or snap at him ! and he runs around and plays crazy with her ,she seems to know he is a young one .they really are a delightful bunch of doggies I'll defo do puppy classes and try the frozen tea towel as she is chewing everything she can reach .dont know how to post a pic of her if someone can advise me how too I will .thanks again ,so nice to have support and a sharing forum 😄😄💓
 

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Hi,
I don't know platform you use but to post a picture on to the site, just click on the paper clip icon (to the right of the smiley icon) and upload the picture you want us all to coo over :)

I can only go by what's been said before - a calm, consistent home helps during this stage. Kids can create a vicious circle of manic activity. Don't worry, it is only a stage and we've all been through to greater or lesser degree. Make sure you keep your crockapoo well rested - a tired poo is a naughty poo.
 
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I don't seem to have a paper clip icon next to the smiley face one ,,I tried to post a pic on my profile but it just came up upside down ! Better ask the advice of grandchildren they seem born with the ability ..I have an i.pad maybee Its a bit different .Ill keep trying and thanks for all the advice.
 

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Welcome!

Lots of great advice from the posters above as always. I would just add: puppies need a ton of sleep (upwards of 20 hours a day when they are young). Growling at this age does not really have anything very much to do with aggression or viciousness. It sounds more as though your pup thinks of your daughter and granddaughter in terms of littermates and so behaves as she would with another pup.

Maybe your daughter and grand daughter could be human treat dispensers for a little while (in response to practicing basic training like sit etc ). That way, your pup should begin to associate them with lots of lovely things...

Young pups get over excited very quickly so its maybe also a good idea to teach your granddaughter how to be a tree (http://www.be-a-tree.com/kid main.htm) so that if your pup gets nippy, she will know how to behave and prevent the situation from escalating. Essentially, its about being boring (from a pup's point of view!!).

If you do go to puppy classes, take your granddaughter with you! She'll learn lots of good things about doggies and it'll be great for her self esteem too if she becomes the 'expert' in your family.

Good Luck!!
 

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I wish I had a video of baby Rufus snarling, snapping, and attacking everyone and everything fiendishly. Had it not been for this site I might have given upon him as a hopelessly aggressive dog. Fast forward a little bit and he became a a twenty pound bundle of wiggly, waggly love, It was a transformation I would never have predicted. Stay calm, time her out when needed and always treat her with affection, they really do come round.:)
 
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