When I come home from vacation, she squeals and barks aggressively and runs around. I can't ' tell if she if over excited or angry. She won't allow me to pick her up.

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    – Henders
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 17:42

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Dog? Sounds like she is very happy to see you again, and maybe scolding you for being away so long. Sounds just like a Bichon I used to own.

If you don't want to encourage it, turn your back on her. Don't interact with her until she calms down. Do reward her, by greeting her on your own terms, as soon as she brings it down to a level you can deal with.

She won't allow me to pick her up

So don't. Most small dogs don't enjoy being scooped up off the ground even if many of them will tolerate it. I always tell mine what's coming, "I'm going to pick you up." That way, it's not a total surprise. Now he usually will climb into my arms on his own when I bend down and say that.

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    This is a good answer, why did you delete it?
    – user6796
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 3:45

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