03-28-2018, 02:33 PM
Join Date: Dec 2017
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Rescue Puppy growling/snarling again
Sorry if this is long. We adopted Luna in December. She was approx 7 months (maybe older) at the time and is a terrier mix. In the first few weeks we had her she had 3 instances where she growled and/or bared her teeth at my husband and once to our brother in law. Everytime it was while she while lying down being petted and specifically being petted on her back area (sometimes legs sometimes on her side). Most the time she was fine being petted there and the vet didn't find any issues in this area. She never exhibited this behavior at me but I was present all the times it happened so, we thought she might be possessive of me.
After we had had her about 3 weeks, this behavior didn't occur again and we just chalked it up to the transition of being in a new home and being unsure.
The past 3 weeks we have had some changes around the house. Luna herself got sick after eating a rubber band and, the same week, I had to leave to stay with my parents who were ill. My husband stayed home with Luna the entire week since she was recovering from her stomach issue. I returned home at the end of the week and, the second night I was home, we were all laying on the couch and she did this gurgling/growling sound. My husband was laying his head on her at the time and her head was in my lap. The growl occurred every time he laid his head on her. He said they had been cuddling like this the entire I was gone no problem. We made her leave the couch but she did it again to him a short while later while she was lying in her bed before going to sleep for the night. We left the next day for a pre-planned vacation and my in-laws stayed with her for the week. They didn't report any incidents of this nature. We returned 2-3 nights ago. Last night she growled/bared her teeth at my husband again, multiple times. Each time he made her leave the couch and she turned back into "I love you" mode and wanted back in his lap. He thinks it's the couch but, she has done it when lying in her bed as well so, I'm not sure. She also did it when I wasn't home so, it's not me she is protecting.
While these are isolated incidents, I don't want them to escalate. I'm not sure what to do to fix this behavior or why these specific situations are triggering her to snarl? Any suggestions? Or similar experiences? Any feedback would be appreciated.