|08-20-2013 03:31 PM|
|pyratemom||If he will try again, go back to having your husband feed her and walk her. She can feel his frustration and is reacting to it. Go do stuff together and let him treat her while you are there. You may have a one woman dog by the dog's choice but he needs to be able to care for her without worrying about getting bitten just in case you get sick one day and can't do all the usual stuff you do. Do fun things that she enjoys with you, only do whatever she enjoys with him as well will help too. He could have a special toy just for him and her to enjoy together or a special treat that she only gets from him maybe.|
|08-20-2013 01:59 PM|
Our Rescue GSD Hates my Husband
My name is Sable and I have a spayed female GSD (rescued in Feb at age 4) named Eva.
She is leash-reactive, which I am working on with her (and actually hired a veterinary behaviorist to assist with this issue as Eva is my first large dog, and she is probably twice as strong as I am!), but an issue that I am becoming increasingly concerned about is the fact that she really, really doesn't like my husband. (We adopted her together and have been married since before she was even born, so he's not a newcomer to the household!)
The first incident of growling occurred the same day we brought her home, when my husband made the ill-advised choice to try to remove a toy from her mouth to throw it to her. She was tired, overwhelmed (had been surrendered, then moved to a rescue from the shelter, then moved to a foster home, then moved back to the rescue, then came to us, in the course of a few days), and growled and air-snapped towards his foot. (She has never gone so far as to do this since.)
Since then, over the past six months, she has growled at him somewhat unpredictably.... when he vigorously rubs her sides (which she loves me to do), if he startles her when she is sleeping, sometimes if he walks over to her if she is on the couch or a chair, and sometimes just when he goes to pat her.
I am basically her sole caretaker, and she bonded to me from the very first second. For a couple of months, my husband was the exclusive feeder, I took her to the vet, we all went out to play fetch together, he walked her half the time, etc. She never warmed up to him, although she growled less often. My husband became frustrated and quit, so now I do everything -- take her out, play with her, run her, feed her, train her, etc.
I know GSDs tend to be one-person dogs (& we adopted her to be HIS dog -- the rescue misled us quite a bit and indicated that Eva was better with men than with women, which has never appeared to be true in the slightest), so I can live with my husband not having a close relationship with Eva, but is there any way to curb the growling at least?
I'm sorry for the long post! Thank you for any assistance you can provide!