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Old 02-17-2018, 12:32 PM
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Growling?

My dog is one year. The past few days he has started growling at family members. He growled at me today. He growled once, months ago while guarding some food from the trash. But, just that once.

Could he be sick? I am not sure what to do besides give him space.

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Question Context: what provokes his growls?

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U haven't given us any context, when he growls. Does it happen at particular times of day?
Is it chaotic - kids racing around, parents trying to impose order, visitors at the door or in the drive?

What were U doing, just B4 he growled? // What was he doing, just B4 he growled?

Was food present? - was it the dog's meal, a special treat [raw meaty bone, bull-penis, stuffed Kong...], or someone ELSE's food?

Does he have any highly-treasured toys? // Does he guard them from ppl or other dogs?
Were any of his highly-valued toys present?

Normally, dogs growl when THEY feel threatened - their food might be taken, their personal space is invaded, strangers on their turf, a new-mom with a newborn litter, & similar.
What precious thing [to Ur dog] do U think was being threatened?

Dogs also get grumpy when they're in pain - is he a large breed? Could he have joint issues, or a recent injury?
Have his knees, elbows, & hips been checked? - a sliding-drawer test for trick knees, radiographs for hips & elbows?

Do U live in Lyme country? - a tickbite could cause chronic joint pain, as well as cardiac problems.


Bear in mind, we WANT our dogs to growl - b/c if they can't express their anxiety & warn us that they're getting really stressed, then they can only bottle up their worry until the pressure is too much, & they blow-up & bite.
Growling is good - I'd much-rather have a dog who growls at me, even under the mildest provocation, than a dog who's "had the growl punished out of 'em", & has no choice but to go direct to bite.


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Thanks. My son likes to carry him around and he started growling whenever anyone lifted his front legs. Maybe, he just doesn't like it. he is not large, 20 lb poodle mix. His toys and yak cheese stick was around.

I told the kids to not pick him up or touch his cheese. He hasn't growled since then.

He sleeps a lot during the day and is active in the morning and evening. My son tries to get him to play. I don't know if he was pestering him too much.

Raider is napping now.

My children are 16 and 19. Raider just turned one.

I am sorry I did not give more context.

Yes, i would rather he growled than bit.
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Talking re-train being carried to be OPtioNAL & rewarding - Ask, don't kidnap him.

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I'm also guessing that being picked-up & toted around was too ?invasive ? -- frequent? -- maybe he interrupted Raider when he was busy at some dog-activity, to carry him around, once too often? -
but those are just guesses.


Maybe Ur son could *ask* Raider if he wants to be carried - make it a 2-step process. ???

Squat down, pat yer thighs, & ask Raider to get up - if he does, carefully lift him up cradled against yer body, with his torso well-supported & a spread hand supporting his chest, with his forelegs going BETWEEN different fingers; GIVE HIM A HIGH-QUALITY, SMALL TIDBIT, & promptly squat to put him down on the floor again.
Build the duration of how long he's held as he develops tolerance, & watch very, very carefully for any sign of pain or discomfort - it could be that the way he's held makes him uncomfortable, maybe the bony hock joints of his hind-legs are being bumped together?
Maybe he's being picked-up just after a meal, & his stomach is uncomfortable because it's full & being compressed or squeezed? -- I don't know, but there must have been more than 1 occasion when being toted wasn't enjoyable.
However, teaching him to enjoy it should be a simple matter, assuming he's not in pain or uncomfortable when he's held.

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