I reciently adopted an 8 week old Basenji mix puppy from a rescue who was pretty sick and had been thrown out of a second story window when we got her.
oh dear… how could anyone do such a thing.... thanks for taking care of this little one!!!!
Every once in a while when I pick her up and hold her she will growl at me and she has even biten me twice in the face.
I hope you put her down (on the floor) immediately. not angrily, just firmly. be "matter of fact" or "business-like" about it. put her down, and walk away. ignore her when she's nippy/snarly/biting/etc… she must learn this will NOT get her attention. When my dog was overly wound up, he got snarly... growly & nippy... on the advice of my trainer, I used his crate as a "time out". do not say a word, just calmly scoop the pup up, place in crate, close door for 2-3 minutes. then let out, forgive & forget, and try again. a couple minutes of cool off time really worked wonders for my dog, and when done calmly, it doesn't create negativity towards the crate.
I am taking her to puppy classed right now to try to get her socialized. Is this normal behavior in a puppy this young? I also have a 3 yr old pit bull mix who gets along with her great, but I notice her trying to dominate my adult dog sometimes, too. She doesn't seem to be afraid of anything.
excellent that you are taking puppy class! I took one too, and my guy was a holy terror in that class. he insisted on dominating the whole class (7 pups). and when he was a bit older (but still very much a puppy), he was even kicked out of a playgroup at school for trying to dominate a full grown male great dane… so yes, I'd say it's par for the course.