Re: growling and snapping
Congrats on your new addition. After reading your post, I am wondering if the snapping came from you picking her up. Does she ever do that when she has been picked up by you before?
Our vizsla (who is 18 weeks) did NOT like being picked up and would sometimes snap at us. Our trainer had us play a game called, "Elevator" with her. We would say the word, "Elevator", my husband would pick her up, I would click (we use a clicker for clicker-training) and then give her 5 treats. Then we would say "okay", let her down and then 5-10 minutes later do it again. We did this 3-5 times a day for almost a month. She still doesn't really like being picked up, but she is used to it now and does not snap or growl.
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