Growled and bared teeth at me
I am just looking for input on how to handle a situation with our 6 month old. Sorry this is a long write up but I am trying to describe as much as possible in case it is important.
WE had a training session with a private trainer(purely positive reinforcemet) which went very well(worked on ignoring barking dogs, kids playing next door, and a bunny hopping around) About an hour or so after the trainer left, I had the kids play with Frodo outside while I finished making dinner. Then I joined them and we were just throwing balls to each other and to the puppy if he showed interest . They chased him around a bit because I wanted him to run and get tired, and he did. I sent the kids into the house and I went to get Frodo. There was a rope toy and a ball on the ground near his feet, I reached for his leash and he took the rope toy and ran a few feet and plopped down with it. I don't know why I hesitated, his body language was not threatening or aggressive, but I just felt this reluctance about approaching him in my mind, a kind of pricking sensation and I stopped. I talked to him softly and picked up the ball and approached him and waited before I reached down to pet him and showed him the ball. He looked at the ball., but wrinkled his muzzle, I withdrew and threw him the ball. He just let it go, he also was not holding the rope toy, he was just quiet and panting.
It has always been his tail wagging and him rolling over the moment I approach him no matter how tired he is. So I came in and grabbed a piece of hotdog and the longer leash which gives me better control over him when we walk him and went back. I still was hesitant to approach him, I thought I would touch his collar and feed him(he is usually very free, I can touch, tickle, rub, hug him and he is happy with it) I kept trying to decipher his body language and also watching my own reluctance to touch him. It just felt very weird and out of place, I was not nervous or anxious but it felt as though this was a stranger dog.
Then as I reached him to touch his collar he growled very distinctly. I withdrew a few steps and just stood there. Then I stepped on the small leash he had on and stood there for a minute, He was looking at me, he could smell the hot dog in my hand, I said 'sit' which he did promptly, then down and I threw him a piece of the hot dog. I still didn't want to touch him. I just turned and walked into the house saying let's go and he followed me, I threw another piece of hot dog into his playpen and I closed it after him.
He lay down and I took water to him and he was fine. When my husband came home a couple of minutes later, Frodo was still in the playpen, and it is very strange that he was not excited and wagging his tail to go greet my husband. In the past, he would sit up right away and wiggle his butt and wag and whine or bark to be allowed to greet him. Now he was just lying down watching. And then fell asleep.
Was he just tired? ( he did go through the training too) but it really concerns me, what did we do wrong. and what should I do in such a situation?
I did not want to correct him for the growling. I would like to address the underlying problem.
Please let me know if any of you have a clue.
Last edited by Sri; 08-19-2013 at 10:13 PM.