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Dog is aggressive when growled at

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Kammoo, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks!! I will order now.. And thanks a ton for all the helpful advice with Millie.. She continues to gain confidence each day as I see results being consistent with staying active with exploring new areas, lots of praise when she listens to commands and encouragement.. It also helps with her being around other confident dogs with our doggie play days that she considers her 'pack'.
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  2. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    How long has Odin been in your care? I hate to hear it is not working as of lately and I fear that he may work best being the 'only' dog for another household with NO small children. I know you want to have full confidence with your dog's behavior and it sounds like you will always doubt his reaction around other dogs and people.. Tough call for sure! This is def. something that I can't advise you on as I've never experienced this situation.. I know there are many on here that will be able to give you sound advice for whatever decision you do make!
  3. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    This might sound 'hoaky' and far-fetched.. but do you think he is getting worse because he sense's your un-ease as well? Energy is contagious and , crazy as it sounds.. I have met many a dog that is all too similiar with the energy of their handler. He may be sensing your fear of the situation.
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  4. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    This can happen. Dogs absolutely react to the energy of humans around them. My last girl would only react aggressively (HA-wise) if someone was afraid of her. If the person was calm, she settled easily.
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  5. Kammoo

    Kammoo Puppy

    I don’t think so. My energy around them is pretty calm. I know it’s a possibility but I don’t get on edge until something happens that let’s me know he is not okay or that the attitude of all the dogs has changed.
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  6. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    Kiba does this too, she can get very defensive and if someone is nervous or afraid of her she will try to stand on me and growl at them. If we have a repair person coming over I will lock her up until I ask them how they feel about dogs, if they like dogs she is instantly all over them loving on them, if they are indifferent she will just ignore them.
  7. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I'm with Michelle on this. I had a dog on mood stabilizers and I was not impressed, it seemed we could never get the dosage right, she was either a zombie, or I didn't notice a difference. I hated seeing her like a zombie.
    Also, as I hear more about this, he's resource guarding.
    However, if you are ready to rehome, then that is the best option. I often find that once an owner decides to rehome, it is a pretty finite decision and hard to come back from.

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