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holmes11210 06-05-2014 08:03 PM

10 week old puppy growling over a treat.
 
We brought home Rocky at 8 weeks old. He has been a little mouthy but we are slowly getting him to calm down.

Today my wife found a recipe to freeze water, chicken stock and puppy treats into a small block for a warm day hanging outside. He loved the treat but when my wife came close he began to growl. Hearing the growl I can honestly say it wasn't playful so I wanted to see what he'd do to me. I sat next to him and he hunched down on the ice and issued another growl. I went to pet his head to show I wasn't trying to take it and he nipped at me. He didn't make contact but it worried me.

I secured him by the collar and removed the ice. Slowly I let him lick at the ice and showed I wasn't taking it away. Every time he growled I'd put him in the down position and start over. After 15 minutes he stopped but I'm still kind of worried. I have two kids 7 and 4 and I worry about snapping.

He has never done this with regular toys or even his food bowl.

Any suggestions?


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lalachka 06-05-2014 08:19 PM

10 week old puppy growling over a treat.
 
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I'd never leave a dog alone with kids no matter how nice the dog is. Any dog can bite at any point in their life under certain circumstances. Why risk it? They're animals.

But IMO you handled it right.

My dog growled at me twice, about a year ago. I didn't handle it at all, I was too shocked to do anything about it and by the time I wasn't shocked anymore it was too late.

So i'd say keep doing what you're doing but if it doesn't stop after a few times then get a trainer. Much easier to deal with it when they're little.


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holmes11210 06-05-2014 08:27 PM

Thank Lal. I never leave the kids with any dog. If I leave the room he goes to the crate.


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lalachka 06-05-2014 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by holmes11210 (Post 5607474)
Thank Lal. I never leave the kids with any dog. If I leave the room he goes to the crate.


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Nice to hear)))) I read leerburg a lot and many people write variations of things like 'I left my dog with my kids all the time, I was sure I can trust him. He bit my son. I'm putting him down'.

So sad to see, poor dogs. Poor kids, too.


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