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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2016, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I am looking for advice for two things.
First, my gs pup growls when grabbed or even when she comes to me. I don't see this as aggressive behavior because she is the one initializing contact ( except when my fiance grabs her) When I lie down on the couch, every now and then she jumps up to lick me but growls while doing it. Or when I pet her she can be happy and wagging her tail but grumbling like a bear cub. So I'm not sure what to make of that. I personally think she's just vocal and will grow out of it but if I'm missing something I want to correct it. Especially with someone who doesn't know her. To someone else the grumbling can easily be taken as her being aggressive or annoyed. She never shows teeth or nips or anything. I work with her daily on obedience, and she is coming along great. I just don't know what to think of the bear cub grunting "talking " I've been calling it.

Second, is an issue I need tips on. I also have a 5 year old Siberian husky (he's my fiance dog) they get along fine. He puts her in check when she tries to get rough. No fights, no problems. I babysat two dogs last weekend, and she was fine. Played with one and the other was slightly aggressive and she stayed away from him. So I think she is doing good socially. However, I also babysit my mother in laws dog when she works. She lives in an apartment so she brings her dog to my house. My mother in-laws dog is the most docile mellow dog I've ever met. Not an ounce of aggression or a dominant bone in her body. So when my gs plays with her she never bites back. Just walks away. I have no problem with them together in the house. When outside they are also fine. The problem comes when the husky and my mother in-laws dog starts to play. My gs seems to get too excited and goes to more violent wrestling. She no longer wags her tail and nips. She starts to bark and stiffens the tail. My mother in laws dog never reprimands her or even barks back just walks away. I end the playing and tell them to go inside. As soon as the excitement stops, so does the gs aggression. Everything is back to normal. So in no way is this out of hand but I would like advice from long time gsd owners.

I realize the go to solution that everyone says is get a trainer. I used to be a dog trainer ( meaning I was paid for it professionally) and can tell you not all trainers are good. Even still I threw my pride aside and got the only trainer I could get to drive 3 hours to get her and the advice was to let them fight it out to establish dominance and the behavior will stop. Also to take breaks and let them "fight it out". That to me sounded like a bunch of rubbish. So I paid $150 for half an hour for that turd sandwich I was forced to nibble on. Sorry for the long post, again just looking for advice from experienced gsd owners. Nothing is better than experience.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2016, 02:11 PM
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She sounds like she is just being vocal, mine do this to. One of mine will "air snap" frequently when happy/excited which could be easily interpreted the wrong way by some. Sounds like you are doing fine, supervising their interactions and putting a stop to unwanted behavoir. Letting them fight it out is terrible advice, sucks you had to waste money/time to hear that.
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I agree with Nigel.Your pup is just vocal,no worries.And breaking up the over excited playing before it escalates is the best solution.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2016, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I kinda figured as much on being vocal, plus her still being a pup. Just bugged me I paid for lousy advice. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one who thought that sounded stupid.
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