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not sure what think

Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by opaldove, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. opaldove

    opaldove Puppy

    I rescued a pit/lab mix. hes about a yr. 1/2 old. he's been nuetered,obedience classes. So
    the problems is he growled at my 9 mo. grandson. I've never heard him grawl before. my grandson was in my lap and my dog did this out of nowhere. As soon as I said no he ran out the door to his bed. he is fine with my 6 yr, grandaughter. I'm so conflicted as to how to handle this situation. this is my worst nightmare!!! I don' know what to think.
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    What exactly was happening? What exact action caused the growl or was everything fine/nothing changed and the dog growled? Need tons more info. This is very vague.

    Also, never discipline a growl. It's hot dogs communicate. It's how they say "I'm not comfortable with this". When you scold that communication, a dog will go straight to an air snap or a bite. That's a lot of what's happened when you hear that a dog "suddenly snapped, well no the dog gave signals that were either ignored or disciplined.
  3. opaldove

    opaldove Puppy

    we were outside my dog was licking the baby. we were all calm the baby wanted to get down for some reason Prince grolwed. Could Prince maybe be protective of the yard since the baby is a toddler now? then got to thinking my little dog growls growls when she wants to play why wouldnt he do the same? Maybe since he is a larger dog I just got scared. Ive never owned a pittbull before so I don't know all the caviots of thier personalities. he is well socialized ,loving and obedient. I am really think he possibly wasn'tcomfortable with the whole situation. then the question is how do I help him be comfortable with a toddler?
  4. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Without hearing the tone and seeing it happen, and knowing nothing about the dog I would really hesitate to give any advice. I have put down a dog for growling at my kid, but that was the kind that makes you go "oh shit, she's serious". I've got a dog that will growl when the kids are doing something she's not comfortable with, like when my youngest boy first got his scooter and he was all wobbly riding it. I've got others that growl when they play. I'm not by any means saying you should not be concerned, just that it's hard to tell without being there. What's your gut telling you?
  5. opaldove

    opaldove Puppy

    my gut tells me he is unsure what to think about a toddler. The baby has been around almost everyday since he was an infant. prince hasn't had alot of up close time with the baby. when he did it was just licking. Now that the baby is starting to walk and mush more active Prince is unsure what to think about that . My place is very small and I have a Chui/mix. a 14 yr. old shepard/mix. inside. so Prince is mostly an outdoor dog due to the fact He has accidently knocked over the shepard in his excitement. He seems to prefer the yard since it is fairly big. now I'm trying to figure out whats the best way to Get Prince used to a toddlers active movements?
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    It could very well be now that the baby is walking and squirming about, the dog is confused. I'm only giving my opinion, I'm not a trainer or behaviorist. I'm going by what you are posting.

    Can you put Prince in his crate in your living room so he can watch the baby walking around. This might get him used to the baby moving about.
  7. opaldove

    opaldove Puppy

    i'm going to give it a try. thanks for the suggestion!
  8. opaldove

    opaldove Puppy

    Thank you for the replies. Turns out he wanted to play.

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