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Old 10-23-2017, 11:44 AM
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New Dog - scared and growling - help

Family has had our new Beagle (rescue) for a couple weeks now. He is afraid of everything but is coming around. He has attached himself to my wife and there are no problems with that. He will avoid the cat. He appears to be extremely afraid of men(me) and will take some time. I can take him for walks for walks with no problems. He will not eat if I am in the room.

The issue is when he is on the bed with my wife. He will growl whenever someone else enters the room. He was fine with sharing the bed with the cat until last night. He snipped at her. This did not have a negative effect on the cat. It also takes some work getting him to the foot of the bed at bedtime. He has not snipped at anyone other than the cat (last night).

Any help with getting growling to stop is appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:15 PM
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Sounds like you and he are doing fine for the beginning. You are showing a keen understanding of his need for some space and time. He's brand new, nervous and scared and may be guarding his 'safe space'.

Since that kind of behaviour is not one you consider acceptable, and neither would I, I would find him a more acceptable 'safe space' for the night time. Many dogs love crates; give him a covered crate (or gigantic box) so it's dark and cozy inside with a cushion or blanky, and put it in the bedroom. Maybe he'll go inside on his own and feel safe and undisturbed. If not, put it outside the bedroom, and block off the bedroom with a baby gate (leave a gap below so the cat can come & go).

He may just need a few days to settle in. He may be just fine sleeping on the bed with the both of you some day in the future, but I'm guessing that right now he's feeling super insecure and that bed, and maybe even your wife represent LIFE and SAFETY and he's afraid you are going to take it away.

At the same time, you don't want to be growled away from your own wife and your own bed, nor do you want to be get into a confrontation with a scared insecure dog. This is where 'avoiding the situation' (what dog trainers call management) can be a handy easy to use tool.

Time may be all he needs. Google 'two week shut down', I think that will pull up a bunch of articles that address the 'new dog' thing.

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Oh hell no!!! Dogs are only allowed on the bed when they respect the local residents who live there first!!! The second he snips at the cat or growls at you, loud NO!!! And OFF the bed!!! And locked into crate, bathroom, whatever you have. Sorry I'm not being cruel or Un pis it I've here but I absolutely refuse to be afraid to sleep at night!!! Or afraid to have my other smaller pets sleep comfortably and safely either
If he's threatening anyone, he needs to be safely on fined until he understands that energy one in the household sleeps peacefully together. If he can't get this basic concept, then he needs to be safely confined for everyone else's safety at night and when everyone else naps or sleeps until he figures it out.
Is your cat assertive or timid? My formerly feral 3 month old street kitten gave my 80 pound akita/pit bull mix, and more recently my 78 pound lab/gsd mix HUGE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTMENTS very fast with just 1 or 2 cuffs to the nose or eye!!! Cured them of all future cat harassing ever!!!
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IMO both above posts are really good advice!
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