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    I want to make sure I'm doing what's best for Bella. I did a quick forum search and now I'm concerned that Bella's growling needs to be stopped. Please help!

    She talks back a lot. For example, let's say I make her get her front paws off the couch (by giving the "down" command and tugging on her leash), she will bark her displeasure and maybe growl a little. It isn't always a growl, sometimes she just barks her displeasure at something she doesn't like. How do I stop that? I'm assuming that's not good...even if I always make her stop doing whatever it is I want. During her holy terror puppy moments, she growls. This is usually during a frenzy of biting inappropriate things and running around. Is this concerning? I always make her stop biting me or the furniture, but sometimes I just put her in her playpen because it's just, bite, bite, bite, bite...

    She can be like a little Tasmanian devil, for real.

    I want to add that I use NILIF. She sits very well and she sits for everything: food, treats, toys, pets, etc...
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    Growling while running around playing, or playing with her toys is okay. Growling at you while she is eating, or because she doesn't like something you say or do, is a no no.
    No dog of mine has ever growled at me (yet) I guess because I did not allow it from day one. I just told them no-you don't growl at your "mudder!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    Growling while running around playing, or playing with her toys is okay. Growling at you while she is eating, or because she doesn't like something you say or do, is a no no.
    No dog of mine has ever growled at me (yet) I guess because I did not allow it from day one. I just told them no-you don't growl at your "mudder!"
    yup don't growl at the hand that feeds you. - same motto here.
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    Another example would be when I tell her, "No bite!" She will release the bite, but bark her displeasure. How do I correct that?
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    Positive reinforcement on everything just like NILIF states and when she does it gently take both side of her face and make sure you get eye contact and say no sternly. She's still so young that just continuing the NILIF process all by itself most likely will end up working. Good Luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin View Post
    Positive reinforcement on everything just like NILIF states and when she does it gently take both side of her face and make sure you get eye contact and say no sternly. She's still so young that just continuing the NILIF process all by itself most likely will end up working. Good Luck!!

    That makes sense. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Another example would be when I tell her, "No bite!" She will release the bite, but bark her displeasure. How do I correct that?
    Imagine that, a female puppy talking back... hard to believe
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Imagine that, a female puppy talking back... hard to believe

    Two stubborn females living under the same roof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Two stubborn females living under the same roof!
    UH-OH! Challenge accepted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    UH-OH! Challenge accepted?

    Yes! It's a battle, but we're getting through it.

    I must be crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Yes! It's a battle, but we're getting through it.

    I must be crazy.
    We battled Banks for 9 yrs... I think we won -- 9 glorious years of challenges and love
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    We battled Banks for 9 yrs... I think we won -- 9 glorious years of challenges and love

    Aww, I love this. I know you loved her dearly and I look forward to the same with my Bella.
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