pineapple Posted April 12, 2017 Report Share Posted April 12, 2017 Ben started off being ultra friendly with everyone including visitors - canine and human - to the house. But we have had a couple of surprising instances. 1) I was chatting with someone who was out walking her two (male) dogs and he suddenly lunged towards one of them. Fortunately they were all on a lead though he did manage to nip the end of the other dog's tail 2) Out walking again and met an elderly neighbour (male) who stroked Ben under the chin and Ben growled back 3) In our garden and chatting with a neighbour (with her female dog) over the wall and he growled. I must add we have bonded really well and he is usually very well behaved and responsive. Since this didn't happen at first and it has only happened when I have been chatting with someone, just wondering if it is 'resource guarding' - me being the resource! Interestingly the postman chucked a load of mail through the open door when Ben was sitting there one day. Despite getting a bit of a fright, he didn't as much as growl! But of course I wasn't interacting with the postman. If we do meet people, I now put myself in front, between him and them. Supposedly that conveys to the dog that you are in charge and handling things. It hasn't happened again recently but I don't give it much chance - and I am asking people not to stroke him. Plus I always have a pocket full of treats or a squeaky ball to divert him or to build up good associations with us meeting people. Is there anything else I should be doing? I understand you shouldn't reprimand a dog for growling because you could end up just removing the warning sign that he feels defensive.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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