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My dog is such a brat

Okay, you all know that Gryff has been growling again at Alec. We are taking the trainers advice and we are working on it. Today, Gryff crawls behind my legs while I'm doing my hair. DH goes to pick him up and he growled at him! I couldn't believe it. I pulled out my dog books and started reading about the terrible two's and dog adolescence. It seems like a classic case and I really hope it doesn't take too long to sort itself out. He is such a total snot.

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Ivy, how old is Gryff now? Sorry the growling extended to your DH now

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I'm sorry you are haveing such a hard time with Gryff. Do dogs go through terrible twos?
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Ivy,

Sorry to hear about the latest growling incident.
You must be getting discouraged, but hang in there.
Hopefully, the Behaviorist you are using can help you.

Good thing Gryff's so cute!!

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Gryff is almost 11 months old. He is acting like a 14 year old teenager.

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I'm wondering if what Caesar Milan says might apply.... is there something that you or the other humans in the 'pack' are doing to create or make this problem more than it is?
I don't have answers, but thought of this and am curious.

I hope Gryff learns it isn't acceptable and is quite happy NOT growling anymore! That would be nice.




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I wonder what is foing on with him....that would be very tough. I hope things start to work out soon!!!

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Ivy, I know that a lot of people might not agree with me, but if Kubrick ever growled at me or Spencer he would be on his back in a second. No ifs ands or buts about it. There is no reason why I would tolerate that kind of behavior, especially if he is doing it for absolutely no reason at all. What exactly do you do when Gryff growls? Do you let it go, or do you do something about it? Even if you don't believe in putting him on his back to show him that you, your husband, and your son are all above him in the pack, you need to do something when the growling behavior occurs. Remove him from the room and put him in a time out - no longer than a minute or so, not to be cruel but to show him that it's unacceptable behavior. I think it's great that you're working with Alec to make their relationship better, and I'm sure this will help you a lot. The only thing I wanted to add is that you really need to make sure that this growling stops when it occurs. Work on the relationship and make it better, for sure, but if he ever does growl, there needs to be something happening that makes him see this is NOT acceptable. Just my honest opinion.


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Lina, I know exactly where you are coming from and I agree. I've rolled him on his back, I've tugged on his beard, I always get in his face and yell "NO GROWLING", we are now using a squirt gun. He still seems to think it's fine to growl at my son.

Alec is not stepping on his tail, throwing him around the room, pulling his ears, etc. All he is doing is petting him. Gryff will even roll over to have his belly rubbed and 10 seconds later will growl at him.

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My other non-hav dog does this. He seems to think it's his job to protect me from my own kids, it's not fun. He doesn't have issues with the other fur children in the house, just my sons. We haven't gotten to the bottom of his issues, but I have had blood work done. Aggression can come from thyroid problems from what I've read, however, it's not my dogs problem. Our vet suggested low protein also, so no more meat bones, strictly his dog food. I also have my kids feeding and caring for, but like you, they are gone alot so it doesn't always work out. He is part Shepard and tends to "guard", it's not fun, I feel your pain. Maybe he's just being a "teenager" and feeling his oats so to speak and will grow out of it.
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