Lincoln and Scout's Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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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.