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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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This morning Fluffy was asleep in my 5 yo daughter's bed. When my husband went to wake her up for school by rubbing her back fluffy growled at him. What could this mean? It was just for a second and of course my husband didn't feel threatened. Maybe he thought he was protecting her?
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oohbetty, my eldest Hav has been a growler when she is on the bed and awakened before she wants to get up. It's just her way of complaining that she is comfortable and doesn't want to move. It's her only verbal communication for this since she can't whine like my daughter and say, "I don't want to get up Mom."

I will admit that the first time she did this was when she was at my feet and I moved my position which bumped her so she growled. What did I do? I moved my feet again to let her know it was my bed. She got up and moved to another place.

Now, if he growls when you are trying to take her off the bed and gets tense, you have a different situation. I'd ignore him and leave him there or try to remove him by other means - calling him down and offering him something he likes for doing it - or even preventing him from getting up again.

Never correct growling because it is the only voice (warning sign) they have before things escalate. Instead, correct the cause.
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Yeah, my Fred does the same thing. He is the biggest growler around! He is such a grump and does it if you nudge him when sleeping. Most of the time, he will growl and just storm off. He is a gentle boy and does not mean anything by it. He's been doing it since he was a puppy and he is now 4 1/2 years old. It's never gone beyond the growl.





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Our 10 year old mini schnauzer has done this almost all of his life... however about 2-3 years ago, he got a little more nasty about it. Often times, my hubby will go to bed before me and Kramer goes with him -- when I come in and try to move Kramer, he will seriously growl, bare his teeth and has snapped at me, twice biting me. Even after I gently tried to wake him. (ETA: he is fully awake before I try moving him or touching him...)

Same thing happens if he is sleeping with my daughter and I try to move him off her bed.

He never did it while sleeping with me until one night I had dozed off on the couch when I had the flu and Kramer was sleeping with me. Hubby tried to move him and he growled, bared the teeth and snapped at him.

We quit letting him sleep with us because of it. It's the ONLY time he's ever acted that way.

I know that's very bad behavior on his part and we didn't really know what else to do except quit letting him sleep with us. He DID bite me...

Now, we are in a situation where we have bought a new house and trying to sell ours -- so hubby lives at the new house and I'm at the one for sale and Kramer DOES sleep with me every night. I feel safer with him.

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I also agree growling shound not be corrected...my dogs also do this in bed when we sleep and they get disturbed but biting is a whole different issue.


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oohbetty, my eldest Hav has been a growler when she is on the bed and awakened before she wants to get up. It's just her way of complaining that she is comfortable and doesn't want to move. It's her only verbal communication for this since she can't whine like my daughter and say, "I don't want to get up Mom."

I will admit that the first time she did this was when she was at my feet and I moved my position which bumped her so she growled. What did I do? I moved my feet again to let her know it was my bed. She got up and moved to another place.

Now, if he growls when you are trying to take her off the bed and gets tense, you have a different situation. I'd ignore him and leave him there or try to remove him by other means - calling him down and offering him something he likes for doing it - or even preventing him from getting up again.

Never correct growling because it is the only voice (warning sign) they have before things escalate. Instead, correct the cause.
you've just completely described posh kimberly.
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Hitch is my growler/grumbler! And, of course, the grandson of Kimberly's eldest dog that she mentioned above, LOL. I guess it runs in the family.

As far as correcting it, I always just push him off anyway (he only does it when disturbed if he's laying down) and he'll go off to another corner. He's never done anything other than this grumble, though... it's just his way of saying that he was comfortable and how could you move him?


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LOL - and I love Posh♥ and Hitch♥!
Tinky is my most favorite grumbler though. ♥♥
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Kodi growls if you try to touch him if he has a chewy or bone. I don't know if this is an "approved" method, but I don't want this to escalate into wholesale resource guarding. I started doing this because this didn't seem like "grumbling" or play growling... even though he has never gone any further, it is a deep, purposeful growl that has an edge to it that I don't like.

I give him two choices. If he takes the bone or chewy into his crate, I leave him alone. I figure this is his private space. But if he takes it up onto one of the couches (his favorite spot for chewing) I will go over, sit beside him and pat him. I don't try to touch the bone or chewy, and I keep saying, "Yes, that's Kodi's chewy" to differentiate it from the time he has gotten ahold of something that I HAVE to take away from him.

He DOES seem to be getting better about it, and realizing that we are not going to take away his prize possession.


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Fred doesn't do it with food, toys treats, or if I move him. It's only if he's sleeping and I bump or nudge him. Lina described it perfectly, it's a grumpy grumble.





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