Although this behavior may seem shocking to those that have not spent time around dog parents and their puppies, this is completely normal. Sassa’s Dad was always very loving and playful towards his puppies and would often cuddle with them and teach them how to play. However, puppies are HIGH STRUNG at this age and often don’t understand when it’s time to calm down. Puppies need to learn how to act from their parents in the first critical 8 weeks together. Many times it is the mother that does the most growling and snarling at her pups when they need to learn a certain behavior, especially throughout their weaning process. This communication and body language can be fascinating to watch in animals. Rest assured – Sassa’s littermates and herself were very loved and safe with her fur parents 🙂 Enjoy!I love how the dad’s snarling when the daughter’s being too playful, but the moment she calms down and lets the dad sniff her, the dad’s tail starts wagging. Just goes to show it’s “just business” when he growls, to show her when she needs to calm down. Excellent parenting, classical conditioning at its finest.Super interesting how father/mother dogs lose their patience and get annoyed at their pups but ten seconds later act as pups themselves to their owners.Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think, a dog wagging its tail doesn’t mean it won’t bite or attack. A tail widely swishing side to side is a happy dog, especially if there’s also a butt wiggle. A tail standing up that’s only swishing in a limited range while the dog is barking or growling is a dog that’s confident and willing to take on an opponent.I’m so glad you were able to tell the dad was teaching them a valuable lesson! I work in a training facility and we get so many parents that get stressed at their dog’s every tiny motion or noise that isn’t exuberantly happy. It’s so nice to see owners who really understand body language and communication! It is a surprising amount of people who own dogs and know very little about how they take in information and interact with the world. That isn’t a dis to owners who don’t understand their dogs. It’s obviously preferable that you understand dogs prior to getting one but I see almost as many owners who are eager to learn and understand more about their dogs every day.
Also, your goldens are gorgeous! 😍😍🥰🥰