biting and growling puppy
I have a 6 week old Beagle puppy who growls when picked up, touched, or when just trying to pet her. She bites and chews on things constantly.
It is very hard to want to play with her because the only method she knows is biting and growling.
I have no clue how to go about breaking her of this habit. Please let me know how I can break her of this.
It's much better to let a puppy stay with it's momma and siblings until 8 weeks, at 6 weeks yours is really too young to have been rehomed.
This can lead to behavioral issues such as excessive biting, as puppies learn how to behave appropriately (and how much and how hard they can bite), through interaction with their littermates.
Your pup is very young, probably very sensitive and is reacting inappropriately to stimulation and handling, but probably can't help himself - he doesn't know what is okay and what isn't!
If it's possible I would recommend taking him back to his mom and leaving him there for a few more weeks. However, this may be impractical, so you will need to teach him yourself.
Firstly, make sure that he knows biting or growling are NOT acceptable to you. Tell him "No" very firmly whenever he starts to nip etc. When his teeth touch skin say "OUCH" loudly and let him know this hurts and you don't like it.
Usually nipping and biting is attention seeking behavior, but from what you say in your email above I'm not certain this is the case with your pup. He seems to over react to being handled, and is trying to show you that he doesn't like it. He can't be allowed to dominate in this way and if you've picked him up and he growls, it's important not to put him down in response. This only teaches him that growling or biting means he gets his own way.
But it's also important not to handle him too much or get him too excited. Biting and growling etc. can result when a very young puppy is not able to cope with being handled etc. Give him plenty of 'down time' so that he can rest and recharge his little batteries.
I think you'll find my Puppy Biting page helpful when dealing with this problem. As new puppy owners, you may also want to check out my New Puppy Care page.