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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-24-2008, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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GROWLING ISSUE

Hi does any one experience this with their little ones. Mollie is a sweet happy hav but she seems to growl at me. she does this when she is resting and I try to pet her, if my hubby is holding her and I try to take her from him or pet her and if she is lying on our bed between us and I reach to pet her she growls but if my hubby pets her she stops. I am the one that does everything for her and she growls at me im use to it but it hurts

It not mean growls but an annoying one

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Gryff growls at my son, but not at me - mostly when he is resting. I had a cat who was really mean to me! I have lots of scars from him.

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Oh boy that's something I would stop right away. It may not be anything but it could be the start of some resource guarding behavior. Your dog should never growl at you unless it's hurt - then I give them a bit more slack. A firm "knock it off" and a gentle scruff shake every time Mollie growls would be my remedy. But I'm not there to actually see it, so don't take my word as gospel.


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i never let a dog of mine growl at me, ever.
they need to know who is the boss and i don't mean that in a nasty way but that i am alpha.
i had a shepherd husky cross once that decided to challenge me and that was scary. she was big and strong and could have done damage to me but i refused to show fear or cave in.
she became a beautiful dog that tried to be a lapdog at times.

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Hi Mollie,

Scout will growl if certain people lean over him when he's resting. He has never done that to me, but during the first week after we brought him home, he did it to everyone else (hubby and both sons). My hubby corrected him and kept petting him, and after a few days of consistently correcting him, Scout stopped.

He continued growling at my sons, but after a couple of months, he stopped doing it to my older son. My younger son sometimes moves unpredictably (and has almost stepped on him, etc.) so Scout doesn't quite trust him and will still growl. But, it is a very tiny growl....like his batteries are running out...not a serious, scary, escalating growl. We are still working on it between them.

You can try correcting her, then continue to pet her for a couple of seconds, then stop. Each time, you can lengthen the amount of time you pet her. I'd try it when she growls when you are trying to pet - save taking her out of your hubby's hands for later on (that is probably more threatening to her). I'm sure others will have better advice; this is just what has worked somewhat for us.

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My Rufus will give a growl when he is comfy on your lap and you dare to move LOL! It's not a threatening growl but a crabby growl. He's never snapped and anyone can move him off if they want too, it's all bluff.
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My Rufus will give a growl when he is comfy on your lap and you dare to move LOL! It's not a threatening growl but a crabby growl. He's never snapped and anyone can move him off if they want too, it's all bluff.
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that exactly how it is a crabby growl. My husband thinks she is talking to me. I would attempt to pet her while she is resting on me and she does this soft weird growl but i just continue to pet her and the growl gets softer and softer till she asleep.

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Elizabeth, I would try to correct this little problem before it grows into a bigger one. It sounds like she is picking your DH as a favorite and wanting to protect him. My pom started doing this to my DH. She didn't want him near when I was holding her and started of with a crappy growl to warn him away. Then it got worse and we saw teeth...yikes. At first I thought it was funny and told DH that she was taking care of ME. But it wasn't funny and I didn't want her to act like that. My vet told me to give her a little shake and to MAKE her look me in the eye and tell her NO. I did that and I also started putting her down when she would growl, letting her know "I" wasn't going to hold her if she acted that way toward others. She got better...then the last year of her life she was OLD and BAD and wouldn't let anyone hold her except me. Just try to let her know that any growling is not acceptable at all toward anyone.


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Elizabeth, I would try to correct this little problem before it grows into a bigger one. It sounds like she is picking your DH as a favorite and wanting to protect him. My pom started doing this to my DH. She didn't want him near when I was holding her and started of with a crappy growl to warn him away. Then it got worse and we saw teeth...yikes. At first I thought it was funny and told DH that she was taking care of ME. But it wasn't funny and I didn't want her to act like that. My vet told me to give her a little shake and to MAKE her look me in the eye and tell her NO. I did that and I also started putting her down when she would growl, letting her know "I" wasn't going to hold her if she acted that way toward others. She got better...then the last year of her life she was OLD and BAD and wouldn't let anyone hold her except me. Just try to let her know that any growling is not acceptable at all toward anyone.
Thanks I am going to correct it. She never shows teeth just the weird growl( like a weird purrr) She is fine with everyone else

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Sedona does this too. It's definitely just a crabby growl. That girl doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She's the submissive one. She will let out a little growl if we move her from a comfy spot or give her tight hugs or lay our head on her when she perches on the back of the chair. Her lip doesn't even raise up she just lets out a growl.
She definitely knows where she stands in the pecking order in our house so it's not a dominance thing. She gets immediate and stern correction if and when she does "really" growl so that is rare. The "don't move me or don't hug me" growls are totally ignored. We move her at will and hug her when we want to.

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