puppy growling when i pick her up
We have a 11 week old american bulldog. she is great w/ the kids. i went to pick her up to move her off my bed & she growled at me.
it was not a vicious growl but she did growl. i'm not sure what to do.
Your puppy isn't being 'aggressive' as such, but she is trying to assert her authority over you (be dominant in other words) and this is a big 'NO-NO'.
First of all I wouldn't allow her on the beds, sofa etc. When a dog gets in an elevated position physically, it seems to give them a feeling of authority and you don't want that. Your pup is going to grow up to be a big, strong dog and it's vital that she learns NOW, that her position is below all of the humans (and other dogs too) in your family.
If she ever does this again or challenges your authority, tell her "NO" in a low, firm voice (no shouting or smacking) and continue with whatever you're trying to do. Never let her 'scare you off' or force you into doing, or not doing, something by her attitude. That will only reinforce her belief that she is able to control you!
As she's generally a good girl, and not 'bossy' with the kids, this should be pretty easy to do. I'd recommend making sure she knows the 'sit' command, and start making her earn everything (from her meals to her toys/treats etc.) by asking her to 'sit' before giving them to her. Dogs respect those who control the necessities of life (especially food) and she needs to know that you and your family are in control.
Also get some basic puppy training set up at home, and enrol her in a dog obedience school - a puppy class or beginners class is best.
Big dogs don't are just as much in need of loving, reward-based training as the little ones are, so don't be tempted to be too harsh with her when training. If she has a dominant nature, that will make the whole situation much harder to handle. Give her lots of praise and attention when she behaves well, and firm (but loving) discipline when she doesn't. Puppies are creatures of habit and if you are consistent with her she will soon learn what you expect.
Hope this helps. Best of luck with your puppy.