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Old 05-20-2009, 10:39 PM   #11
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Hi, I'm a new dog owner. My dog is an 8 month old, Boxer mixed w/pit, looks brindle, but not sure if it's that or staff(sp). Anyway. I've had him less than a week. The previous owner had him for 2 months. She's a friend of mine and he was a rescue dog (she fosters animals). The first time we met him, was about a month ago @ her house. He was so friendly and playful, licking our faces, running and jumping around and just having a ball. He was even great w/my kids (12, 8 and 4). So, we bring him home less than a week ago. Last night a friend of mine came over. He started barking as soon as he heard her in the driveway. He barks whenever he hears noises outside. It was about 12am or so. He's in his cage. She comes in the house and he's going crazy. I let him out of the cage and he's standoffish. I show her some of his tricks and she tries to do it w/him. Only she pulls his treat away when she should have given it to him and then when she went to give it to her, he walked over to me and sat by me and just gave her this awful look. She gives him the treat, he comes back to me. His look @ her is making me nervous so I put him in his cage. She then proceeds to go to his cage and he starts growling. Through the night, when she walks by his cage (fast, I might add), he starts barking and then growls at her. He also bared his teeth @ her when she was @ his cage. My question is ... is this normal? Should I be really worried? I did reprimand him, told him no and to be quiet. He's great w/EVERYONE that he's been around, except for her.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:39 AM   #12
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Was he been assessed by a behaviourist? Dogs don't like all ppl. He just may not like her. He may have got a fright when she rushed up to his crate.
April used to hate a friend of my sons. She was always on guard whenever he came to visit & if he stood up & went to my son's room she would follow him almost nipping at his backside.
If he was in his crate he was probabbly protecting his property. A dog shouldn't be reprimanded for growling, for they learn not to growl & bite instead of giving a warning growl to stay away from them.
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Don't let you kids be alone with him, you never know what the little ones might do that will upset him. Such as hug him around the neck. There's a reflex in a dogs ears that they can't always control. By a child hugging a dog they breath into the dog's ears & with the childs face right there, they may get bitten. You don't know how he was brought up as a puppy & what socialisation he's had?
If he shows any other signs that you don't like I recommend that you consult with a dog behaviourist.


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Old 05-21-2009, 02:37 PM   #13
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Was he been assessed by a behaviourist? Dogs don't like all ppl. He just may not like her. He may have got a fright when she rushed up to his crate.
April used to hate a friend of my sons. She was always on guard whenever he came to visit & if he stood up & went to my son's room she would follow him almost nipping at his backside.
If he was in his crate he was probabbly protecting his property. A dog shouldn't be reprimanded for growling, for they learn not to growl & bite instead of giving a warning growl to stay away from them.
Read up on Nothing in Live is Free.
Don't let you kids be alone with him, you never know what the little ones might do that will upset him. Such as hug him around the neck. There's a reflex in a dogs ears that they can't always control. By a child hugging a dog they breath into the dog's ears & with the childs face right there, they may get bitten. You don't know how he was brought up as a puppy & what socialisation he's had?
If he shows any other signs that you don't like I recommend that you consult with a dog behaviourist.


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Great advice luvsdogs ...

Since you JUST got the dog, I would also suggest that you start with "the basics". Everyone that lives with the dog MUST spend time bonding and should make time to do (or review) all basic training to insure that the dog has respect for, and will obey, ANY command given.

Daily walks of 30 minutes to and hour will be a good start. When the walks is done, a small amount of food or a play session is always a good reward. Training should be done in short but frequent sessions. I do 3-5 sessions a day and they never last more than 5 - 10 minutes. Training sessions should also be followed by a play session with the dog's favorite toy or activity.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #14
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Thank You both for the advice. No, neither the previous owner or myself know of his past. Only that he was a rescue dog, found @ 6 months old in bad shape.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:44 PM   #15
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About the growling thing...got a monkey wrench to toss in the mix! My little Monte Kibbles gets his ball, lays down close to me, and growls. Stops immediately when I throw it for him! If I choose not to play this time I just tell him to hush and he does. Mozart is also very vocal. He growls when he gets a back rub. Something to watch for sure but not always a red flag. Mine are all rescues so maybe they didn't get the chance to learn the "correct" way to ask for what they want...
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:20 AM   #16
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She could have pain and is expressing it through growling. She could sense something (storms, avalanches, earthquakes, seizures - if any of these apply). She could feel another presence in the room. She could be hearing something outside that you can't hear.

There are a lot of things that could be going on. As long as she isn't showing aggression towards someone or something (other than the growl) I wouldn't worry to much. I'd check the house inside and outside just to be sure though.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:26 AM   #17
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Ditto to what Momto3 said. Some dogs are just rather vocal. No one can tell for sure except those seeing it firsthand whether it's a growl or just "talking".

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