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Your dog growls at you because somewhere along the line he has been encouraged to believe that HE is the ... that if you do not do what he wants you to, he is going to hurt you, with his teeth.

or maybe he's a very young puppy who was either startled or was testing his boundaries.
The quick and easy way to solve this problem is to convince him, in about ten seconds, that if HE does not do what YOU want him to do, YOU will hurt HIM!

um, no. that's the quick and easy way to escalate a non-issue into a big, huge problem. deliberately creating power struggles is a very bad idea.
Or, you can play games for days, weeks, or months, which you may or may not enjoy, and in the end you still have a dog that's going to bite you any time he feels it's a good idea!

***. i've never been growled at by one of my dogs. and, funnily enough, i've never had to threaten to hurt any of them, either. amazing, huh?
the OP's best bet is to follow the advice of those who recommended teaching her puppy that Very Good Things come from people's hands. trading high-value treats/toys for other high-value treats/toys will teach her pup that he has nothing to worry about when something is taken away from him, because it will be replaced by something of equal or greater value.

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How can i teach him that it isnt acceptable to growl at me?

Ignore him for a bit. All of a sudden, he's not the centre of attention a few seconds later, when he's settled, he's the best thing around.
If i trade the food for something better and he growls at me what do i do, how do i teach him?

Scary growl, warning growl, or playful growl? Atlas is really young, new from his litter, so I'd suppose that it's a learning growl.
I think that you have a normal puppy. Food trading games, lots of hands-on playing by all members of your family, chew toys, and defined boundaries.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Ignore him for a bit. All of a sudden, he's not the centre of attention a few seconds later, when he's settled, he's the best thing around.

If i trade the food for something better and he growls at me what do i do, how do i teach him?

Scary growl, warning growl, or playful growl? Atlas is really young, new from his litter, so I'd suppose that it's a learning growl.

Scary growl.
I think that you have a normal puppy. Food trading games, lots of hands-on playing by all members of your family, chew toys, and defined boundaries.

Define normal Emotion: smile
My parents arent much on training dogs, they think everything i do is bad (crate not big enough) i am moving out in about 15 days so when i am on my own i can keep a better eye on him.
Thank you for all the advice
Cin
Ignore him for a bit. All of a sudden, he's not the centre of attention a few seconds later, when he's settled, he's the best thing around.

Won't this teach the dog that if he wants to be left alone, all he has to do is threaten you? The dog in question was growling because his prize meal was being taken away. If the OP ignored the dog, letting him keep the chicken wing, in theory the puppy has learned what he needs to do to hold on to his goods.
Jana
Won't this teach the dog that if he wants to be left alone, all he hasto do is threaten you? ... keep the chicken wing, in theory the puppy has learned what he needs to do to hold on tohis goods.

I thought that what he ment by ignoring him is ignore the growling, Take the food off him and walk away and pretend you didnt hear him make any noise at all. So the pup knows I am in charge not him.
Cin
The quick and easy way to solve this problem is to convince him, in about ten seconds, that if HE does not do what YOU want him to do, YOU will hurt HIM!

Absolutely not. That's a great way to teach a dog to bite to defend himself.

Strong leadership is needed, but that does NOT mean strong-arm methods.

Do this: http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm
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Your dog growls at you because somewhere along the line he has been encouraged to believe that HE is the boss, and he is telling you that if you do not do what he wants you to, he is going to hurt you

Spend a day feeding the dogs in a pound. You'll very quickly learn that anxiety about food availability often has nothing at all to do with dominance.
Lynn K.
Maybe sometimes. I have one student whose vet told her to alpha roll her dog. Shortly after she started, the dog began submissive urination whenever she approached her.
I've also heard countless stories of dogs biting their owners.

Physical intimidation is NOT the method of choice for any problem, unless it's a last resort to save the dog's life.
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