I'm new to this forum but I think it's a great place to ask questions! My toy poodle is nine months old and appears very loving and playful but there are times when he growls. For example - today he got hold of something he shouldn't have and growled in a very mean manner when I tried to take away from him. I'm confident he would have bitten me if I didn't distract him. Is this normal behavior? Is he acting in animal instincts? Will this get worse as he gets older? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Otherwise he's a loving poodle.