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Old 06-10-2016, 01:37 PM
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My sweet Molly is a Border Collie mix (terrier and probably a few other things). She's 5 yrs old. We adopted her from the humane society when she was about 3 months old. We also have a 12 yr old cat.

Our son is 3 1/2 now and Molly still has not accepted him.

She will growl at him if he gets too close and she's not happy about it. Occasionally she'll be fine with him, but it's always short lived.

He has given her treats and she knows he's the one she usually gets her denta sticks from after dinner. It still does not seem to matter to her.

I think she believes he is below her in the pack. How do I fix this? Can it be fixed?

I think once he's old enough to be able to issue commands she'll see him differently but I do worry about what could happen between now and then. She has never snipped, just growls a little. She's done the same thing to the cat and she's terrified of the cat.
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I think she believes he is below her in the pack. How do I fix this? Can it be fixed?
This is not true. Your dog is very aware of the fact that your son is not a dog. Growling is your dog's way of communicating "Please stop, I don't like what you're doing. If you continue, I'm going to bite you". She's probably giving you lots of body language signals before the growling, but they are easy to miss.

How does your son interact with her? I ask because toddlers are known to not be very gentle. They grab, pinch, and fall onto dogs all the time. In addition, they are just strange. They don't act like adults at all, and that is very off-putting to dogs.

When she growls, does she have food or treats? Is she in her special place? Does she have a spot where she can get away from him if she wants?
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