|09-10-2013 06:04 PM|
Something to think about, if it's NOT play growling, by taking away what he has for growling, this can backfire on you and make him take that one step forward into a bite. However, you dont want him growling everytime he 'has' something either.
A non playing growl is a prelude to a bite. It's a "warning", he's being possessive of whatever he has and doesn't want to give it up.
With that, try trading up for something more valuable...if he has a toy, start working on him to "drop it", and TREAT him for that toy. (Food is usually much more important and valuable than a toy)..
Work on "leave it"...set a toy on the floor, if he goes for it, cover it with your hand, "leave it',,when he leaves it, isn't going to touch it, TREAT HIM!! ..GOOD BOY!
If he is continuing to growl/possess things, well he wouldn't have them in the first place..
Have you thought of going to an obedience class?? very helpful for YOU and the dog
|09-10-2013 05:58 PM|
Are you sure it's an aggressive growl (which IMO the pup is too young to do) or is it a play growl? GSDs are vocal dogs...and I've had to learn that Sabo isn't necessarily barking because he wants to dominate or be aggressive...his barking has "tones" like our voice, and more often it's just "OMG! Come play with me! Do something fun! Look theres a squirrel! OMG! ANOTHER DOG!!!!! MOM!!!!! Lets go play with the dog!!!!!"
I'm starting to read "How to speak dog" as recommended here on the forum, and it's quite informative!
|09-10-2013 05:54 PM|
Hey guys! So this is my 3 month old puppy. He is a very calm and normally obedient puppy. But since yesterday we started noticing how he gets possessive over a few toys even though is soft growling and not the teeth showing kind of growling I still want this behavior before. This had never happened before! Now when it does happen we take his toys and show him that its ours and if he growls he wont get it back yet I'm still not sure on how to deal with this. What am I doing wrong or what should I do to stop the growling?
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