Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Winston Salem, NC
The new (rescue) GSD growls at my husband
Howdy folks...haven't been on here in a while. But I'm turning to you for some advice. We have a 4.5 year old GSD ,neutered male. Last week, we rescued a 5 year old spayed female GSD. We did a meet & greet, everyone seemed to get along while at a neutral location. The two dogs did fabulous on the ride back to the house. Things are going great until my husband accidentally cornered the rescue between the car and the door. She did a scared bark/growl, but seemed fine once she was back in the safety of the house. Since that time, over the course of the last six days, her growling at my husband has gotten more intense. If he enters the room, tries to put on her leash, tries to let her out of the crate, anything....she growls and barks.
I asked the foster if she had an issue with males. She said she thinks a previous man beat her with a cane. He has tried persuading her with hot dogs, regular treats, sweet talking, keeping her on the leash by his side, all to no avail. We are on a two week trial with this dog. She is super sweet to me...she gets along rather well is our dog (i.e., they aren't fighting) and hasn't had any major accidents in the house. She seems content to lay at my feet, follow me around the house, and play in the yard. I don't want to give up on her. But I also don't want her growling to progress into biting my husband.
I know it's going to take time...and that her behavior won't change overnight, but does this sound like something fixable?