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Need advice: growling during a bath

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Nat Ursula, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    What is the best way to handle this?
     
  2. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    What kind of growl is it? I'm thinking he's doing it out of agitation and it is more of a threat growl? I would try to recondition him to like baths and go back to the basics. Not sure what happened with the groomer but it seems as if he hates baths now?? What a bummer... I would ask his groomer what happened and explain the situation to her.
     
  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi, I'm not really sure. At first I thought it was the purr sound that he does when you give him a massage. Then I realized that it was more of a growl, duh!
     
  4. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    I don't say this very often, because I think that positive only training is BS, but in this kind of situation the best thing you can do is make the experience as fun as possible for your pup :P

    The difficult part is rewarding your pup without them processing it as rewarding the growling. Is the growling constant?
    I'm slightly immune to grooming growling because my last dog, a GSD, would growl over ANY form of grooming, but I knew he wouldn't bite me. He would put his mouth on me, but it was a very soft bite, he never left a mark. Some dogs are just grumps and will growl even when they don't intend any harm.
     
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Yes, he has also started growling when we make him wake up to go out at night before going in his crate. He has also gotten very vocal and growls while playing with Tonka. You can tell he is having a blast when he is doing it. He growls and wiggles his butt like crazy when he sees my husband coming up the sidewalk to the front door...strange dude!
     
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  6. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    Nat, remind me? Do you send them to a groomer?
     
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I normally do not but while they were boarded this summer he was groomed twice by the same groomer. Before that He was behaving perfectly for me in the tub. He didn't jump out at all. Now he shakes with fear and jumps out as often as he can get away with it. He was growling while I was holding him back from jumping out. I talked to him in a positive way during the whole bath. I feed him pieces of cooked calf liver during his bath.
     
  8. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I'm wondering if something at the groomer scared him. I agree positive reinforcement training is the way to go. Can you get in the tub with him? (not nekked obviously) :p:p:p
     
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  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Lmao
     
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  10. BookGal13

    BookGal13 Little Dog

    I'm a big advocate of positive training, especially for things like doing nails and baths - the dog learns to associate these activities with something yummy or fun. I haven't tried this, but in one of my facebook groups someone had suggested spreading peanut butter on the wall of the tub/shower so the dog can continually lick it while they are being bathed. You also may want to try once a day taking him to the bathroom and/or tub when you aren't going to give him a bath and feeding him tons of treats then letting him go do something fun.
    As for the growling while playing, Paige is super vocal when she plays! it used to scare me before I could tell the difference between her "growls". Now I just accept that our backyard sounds kinda crazy to the neighbors!
     
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  11. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    My GSD would growl when woken up from a deep sleep, I've heard it's a common thing even with completely non aggressive dogs. He would snap out of it once he actually woke up all the way. Even if you solve the growling at home, likely it will continue when being groomed by a professional. For the groomers comfort maybe you could get him comfortable with a muzzle?
     
  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I need to figure something out with a muzzle because his face is really flat and his jaw is quite big.
     
  13. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    He's not growling because he is startled. He is growling because he is comfortable l and does not want to get up and go outside. He wants to stay comfy. Lol
     
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  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    He also growled the other day when we introduced both dogs to a new neighbor. He got mad because Tonka as getting petted and all the love. He is used to stealing the show!
     
  15. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Sometimes I worry that my neighbors will think something bad... with the sounds that come out of them and especially how they rough house all the time... lol Oh my goodness!! when we play tug with Jer or flirt pole, the type of sounds that come out that dog's mouth!!! My goodness.... I can only imagine what he will sound like on a spring pole. Like a dang hyena on fire!
     
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  16. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    Could just be a vocal dog. The bitch in my avatar is extremely vocal. Growls when we pet her, growls when you talk to her, growls if she wants your attention etc. It's almost like she's sighing. Her aggressive growl, like when she sees any moving thing, other than people, is much different than the growl we hear her doing normally. She bears teeth with the aggressive growl but never with her normal vocalization we hear constantly. Maybe your dog is doing the same thing?. She's the only one here that does it and she has always done it. If the others here growl, it's usually followed by going ape shit crazy right after the growl. They only do it when they see something they want to get at.
     
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