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why does my puppy growl and bark at me

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and Wikimedia Commons. Isolate your puppy immediately when he bites. Make your noise to let him know he's done wrong, then put him down, turn away or put him back in the playpen.

Withdraw yourself, either your attention or your actual presence. The objective is to show him that when he bites, the fun's over. Don't put him in his kennel -- you want that to be a good place, a place he doesn't mind being, so don't associate it with rejection or punishment. Wait a few minutes, then go back and play again. Repeat this any time he bites until he gets the idea. All his pack (human family and friends) need to do this consistently.

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