The first thing you need to REALLY accept and understand is that German Shepherds are TRULY one person dogs. If someone plucked you out of your home and plunked you down in another without your permission … how would you feel? I like #1 in this article from Whole Dog Journal called Understanding Dog Growling and Dog Language. I’m in no way saying that Freddy is a member of the “dogs should just know how to behave” crowd. She’s not shown one instance of aggression no matter how much she growls. When a pup growls at you for picking him/her up it is usually because they have not been handled by humans much, they are in pain, they are unsure of what you are doing and feel fearful. We’re not really sure what to do as he haven’t had him that long but we don’t want this to become and issue and I want her to feel safe with him, not worried. NOW this dog growls at me, and let me tell you it was a weird feeling. Resource guarding has been around forever, but it’s still rather new to me because I’ve not had a reason to look into it until recently. I love all things dogs and puppies, among many other things such as babies, coffee, and nail polish. I have thought about a shock collar–what do you think???? He is a great boy besides this little attitude thing he has going. At time after she growls and shows her teeth she jumps on or lays her head in their lap wanting to be petted. Zander may have learned in his life-before-you that growling gets him affection and so he comes to get it with a growl and also “thanks” your wife for giving him affection with a growl. Cheers, This is such an wonderful post and i want to say you that my 9 week old puppy also do same thing.You have to care more of your puppy for his better growth. Is that a wrong approach? Contact us! If your parents are not going to step in and take action to curb your dog’s unacceptable behaviors then my suggestion to you to keep yourself safe is to sadly accept that you just don’t happen to be your dog’s favorite person. and it’s getting worse. That’s where I suggest you start researching ways to help him curb this habit. You said you’ve been bitten four times and your parents haven’t done anything about this other than to threaten him with a slipper that’s not going to be used to reprimand the dog. but I do not know what to actually do about it. Not only is this physically impossible with larger dogs but it can be very dangerous to look some dogs directly in the eye especially a dog that’s agitated or otherwise excited and particularly one who takes direct eye contact as a confrontation (bring it on baby!) There are many good articles on this that you can find by Googling. Author and Contribturor at. Except for some typo corrections I made, the letter below is directly from the email Freddy sent and is complete as he wrote it. A dog in pain can be very unpredictable and yes, aggressive at times. It sounds to me like Brody has some pretty serious issues going on and Freddy sounds pretty desperate . Did your vet check include a blood test for hypothyroidism? The Rottweiler is an ancient breed of dog from southern Germany used to herd cattle and guard resources. 1 Because of this disparity, we cannot imagine all the information that our dogs can gain from someone’s scent. We have a German Shepherd that just turned 3 years old and is beginning I don’t want my dogs to be afraid of me and I sure don’t want them to feel powerless because this beats up their self-confidence. He just seems to favor him over me. Why put something he shouldn’t have where he can readily get at it? Lately the black one has become very aggressive to the brown one. Dogs growl to communicate lots of different things, from fear and aggression to encouraging play. Then a while went by and our two youngest came down the stairs which are near the couch and as they were about halfway down he started growling barking and baring his teeth at them. And he will growl if he feels cornered. I originally started out scolding her for growling and still do when it gets annoying and that happens a lot, LOL! We house broke him within a couple months and crated him when we were not in the house to prevent him from chewing on our stuff(he is an avid chewer and gets bored easily). Join in and write your own page! We thought maybe he needed a buddy. First of all, being afraid of the dog isn’t going to work. Walk away from the crate area to where she can’t see you. He has bit my 7 year old once which we discovered was because she got in his space while he was eating a rawhide bone. She pretty much just sleeps so there is no problem there. I received an email from a dog owner by the name of Freddy who’s asking for help for his dog Brody’s new-found growling behavior. He seems to be doing this more often and I am just But, don’t stare if your Rottweiler has signs of aggression since staring at a dog’s eyes can be perceived as an act of aggression and cause it to become defensive. Turn on some key lights and see if it makes a difference. Even as much as I trust my own dogs to not bite me, if they are in pain they could lash out. One of the biggest problems I find in the pet owner world is that people just don’t get it. We got him from a puppy at 6-8 wks old and I love him and I don’t want to gt rid of him. Patty, It sounds to me like your pup is exhibiting resource guarding behavior. Unless you find a dog behavior savvy new owner, re-homing can have the affect of simply making a dog someone else’s problem — especially if the dog’s issues aren’t disclosed to the new owner(s)! Determining if a dog’s growl is a pre-bite warning or their way of communicating would be important. I try to tell them he just doesn’t like it so don’t. It is a behavior that can be modified through counter-conditioning. My dog should not own me and I should not be so valuable to him as to have him think he needs to keep everyone away from me. What could suddenly cause this?? Would you like to sponsor us or advertise on Riley's Place? I’d have his hearing checked as well. I’m not an expert in either so I suggest you research these topics further on your own to find some answers that work for you and Lucy. Even saying “go away” or “no” or whatever is attention to a dog although negative attention it’s still attention. If the puppy is still new to the environment – which happens in cases where you only recently picked up your Rottweiler puppy – then they might be under stress. I covered his nose with my hand and told him to “STOP IT” in a sharp tone. I’m not telling you to take unsafe actions around him. Food is King! My suggestion is STOP and leave it alone. There are actually a number of possible reasons why your Rottweiler might be … You are teaching with people complete foolishness and weak dog rearing. Or if you can get him to stop and sit behind you and just reach your hand around to treat him well when he comes and sits whether it’s on your side or in back of you. Is just scared? Some people do but I’m not one that believes that neutering a dog will cure aggression, so I won’t go there. I recently noticed that when I am eating my food in the living room he comes near me and starts growling at me. I do live near a dog trainer and we started training with positive results but due to a new job, we had to stop because of scheduling. The fact that Zeus’s hair stands up and ears go back I feel he’s quite serious so you have no choice but to back off for safety reasons is my opinion. I don’t want to go in my crate. He’s in perfectly good health; just a spoiled brat. It’s not all the time and I can’t seem to pinpoint a certain behavior on my part that would trigger him to do this. We have other dogs in our area, one is kitty corner across the back yards. Dogs don’t growl aggressively for no reason. Could someone please tell me if I am doing wrong or what he is going through. Could she have learned that by growling she gets someone to play with her? Moving a dog from one home that he’s lived in and loved to another that isn’t “his” is just a very difficult transition for a dog to go through. Until you get a handle on Brody’s issues, for safety reasons I hope you will consider crating him, locking him in a bedroom or even muzzling him when people come over. I am an experienced and very devoted dog owner, having had several furkids in my life. That doesn’t mean yelling at him, hitting him or mistreating him in any way. He thinks he’s a tough guy! NO faking it, find a way to make it really happen. She’s never once made a single aggressive move towards us or the other dogs. Startling a dog or inflicting pain on them, especially one that is already growly, might be what pushes your dog over the edge. At our house active begging would be actively trying to get our attention to share with them. Simply click here to return to. My feeling as to why your Louie bit your boyfriend is that your boyfriend approached a very excited dog who was focused on what was exciting him and your boyfriend tried to stop his excited behavior by touching him while in this very excited state which not only startled him but interrupted what Lou thought was right in protecting his family. It’s more of a pinch than a bite–that’s what I am telling myself–because I’m sure that she could really do some damage to me if she wanted to. They’re not stupid. I knew that she was showing signs of ‘food aggression’ and the week before I had stopped feeding her twice a day, to only once (per our vet’s suggestion–she said that Lucy’s metabolism will be slowing down and that feeding once a day will be more healthy). Here’s a link to Victoria Stillwell’s article on resource guarding. It may not be Google but the Kindle also has a great  web browser that you can use for your research. This is definitely not acceptable behavior, and you need to be very firm in correcting your pup. Some background first…Dolly is a five year old border collie papillon mix. He makes me feel safe and me with my family feel safe. She doesn’t seem to have an aggressive bone in her body, she just likes to be vocal and do what I call “talking” or “grumbling.”. this? I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I saw your comment and want you to know that you are not alone. apparent reason. Gracie is a growly dog but we’ve learned over time that she’s just talking, she’s not an aggressive girl at all (or we’d have had some major problems!) Dog growling is simply a method of communication – it’s your dog trying to tell you something. Is this a domination thing maybe? I have three dogs with hypothyroidism, Gracie is 3 (diagnosed at age 2) and both Riley (8) and Nissa (7) were diagnosed with it several years ago so age really doesn’t have any bearing. Hi I have a Staffordshire bull terrier he has always been a happy easy going dog but for the past week he has been refusing to go out at times and doing his business anywhere he wants In the house he knows he’s doing wrong and if I raise my voice he snarls and growls at me but tonight he walked in and just stood and peed all over my rug when I yelled for him to stop he growled showed his teeth even had his back up it was really scary I honestly thought he was going to bite me any advice. He growled at me this morning while he was taking a treat from me…? The first thing I would do is try to *safely* determine if this is a true aggressive type growl. Think hard about what your girl was allowed to do as she was growing up and could what she’s doing now be a learned behavior? Learn how to better read your dog’s signals is another something I would delve into. Oh please do not end this baby’s life. I have a 2 year old male boxer. It’s not your fault to want to be with your dog and it’s wonderful that you still want to try to have a good relationship with your dog. Humans simply expect a dog to instinctively behave according to human rules — period. He came over and laid his head on her lap while she was working so she petted him and then he growled at her so she stopped and sent him upstairs. You work with them to avoid confrontation, and not run from them.. It’s your job to teach them; not to enable them. Freddy, before I get into this more I’d like to say “Thank you for looking for help with this rather than just opting to “get rid of” your dog.” There are way to many people who go the route of re-homing their dogs … or worse … they go straight to euthanasia without taking the time and making the effort to correct the problem. Certainly you want to know if your dog is food aggressive but if you continue this practice you still do take a chance of being bitten. He’s really only been around a few other people on a regular basis. These behaviours have different meaning as they try to communicate their different emotions to their caregiver.. People have different scents to dogs. I have been bit two times in the past three weeks! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding, Victoria Stillwell’s article on resource guarding, Understanding Dog Growling and Dog Language, the number one reason a dog bites is fear, Hypothyroidism (among other medical issues) can cause aggression, socialize the heck out of a protective breed dog, make an emergency muzzle like the one in this video, Feeding Your Dog: Commercial Pet Food Revealed, Broken Toenails may be more Serious than Your Dog Just Being a Klutz, Understanding Dog Bite Behavior or Don’t Blame the Dog When it Bites, German Shepherd Helps Locate Owner Who Died in a Car Accident. We did scold him when he growled profusely at her most recently, because it was the second time that day that had happened. Let’s say he gets into the garbage. Some dogs have been known to retaliate so it can be dangerous as well. I have told my husband that we should get a behaviorist and checking with the vet as well, sooooo I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO! She is currently 9 weeks old and growls and tries to bite anytime you try to pick her up.. is this normal I have no idea how to correct this problem my vet today told me this dog will most likely need to be put down. I know he’s young but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be suffering from eye or hearing difficulties which can cause a dog to be startled more easily. A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs written by Jean Donaldson. Are you correcting his negative behaviors when they happen? I think it mostly depends on the dogs prior history with people before they were rescued. Mine both made a growling purring rumbling noise when I massaged them or brushed them. Instead of telling the dog no, learn to redirect the negative behaviors. Two places to start learning more about resource guarding would be to read Mine! Your idea is probably the easiest way to fix things. Maybe a little bit of ESP going on here, hey? I’m sorry but you won’t find anything here on this. If you’re just allowing this bad behavior to happen without correcting him then you’re promoting the problem. So I now know not to “let it go,” not to hit, etc. I have no idea why, but it’s also in the resource guarding category and even though she never acts out aggression, she just wanders around growly-faced. Dolly will bark at Gimli when he comes in from outside. Why Do Dogs Growl? Do you think this could be a jealousy thing because he has become so close to my husband?? It works the same way with dogs. I learned a long time ago that allowing her to do this for lengthy periods of time (as in days or weeks) just makes it worse by being more annoying and she also gets more bossy with the other dogs. We have a male GSD he is 20 months old. Where you got the idea that we or anyone here was promoting letting dogs walk all over us I don’t know. Dog behavior is a whole ‘nudder ball game. I had her start feeding him and letting him outside to try and rectify this and I think they are closer because of this, but he will still growl at her and has bit her when he has not gotten his way. Once he complies, then give him a scribble. If you have the word Stupid stamped on your forehead you will then blame the dog for biting you. He is not neutered yet but has all his shots. A Kindle is a convenient inexpensive tool for educating yourself on just about anything. If he bites because someone is trying to force him on his side then they have the bite coming. Trust me … with most Rottweilers violence begets violence. How I Taught My Dog She Didn’t Need to Growl at Me. I have 6 kids they all don’t listen and want to cuddle him. and we want him to go to his crate in the garage he will growl at times We will generally call them to us and tell them they’re good puppies and thank them for their protection. I’m not accusing your child of abusing your dog, I’m saying it’s the very first thing that comes to mind with the information you’ve given. And, only toward me. If he’s got an infection it may be painful to pee and so he holds it until he can’t anymore because he knows peeing is going to hurt. Do not put your Rottie to sleep. Resource guarding is possible, you’d have to watch for the signs, for example does he do his growly-barky thing mostly when he’s near you or any specific member of the family and is maybe trying to keep others away from that person? So I figured the solution would be to whenever I would eat not let him be near me. Because a dog has basic built-in survival instincts and their person holds in their hand one of the major keys to a dog’s survival … food. Often, this happens when you are standing still and suddenly feel pressure on your leg, and if you’re light like me, … to have this huge polar bear grrr and come at you in an aggressive manner. It does sound like you’ve got quite a circle of resource guarding going on so is likely the direction I would pursue for solutions. So, I limit this behavior by not leaving toys laying around all the time. If he loves squeaky toys put squeaky toys out and play with him with his favorites. I know I am largely at fault too, BUT IS IT MY FAULT TO WANT TO BE WITH MY DOG? Rottweilers are not an aggressive breed, and nipping, growling etc. It was annoying because we were trying to sleep. and then today, when I went into let her out of her crate, her normal happy tail wagging greeting of “yay! The probability of Riley being a resource guarder has been mentioned to me by more than one person (including a professional animal behaviorist) over the past few months and so I’ve just recently started to research it for myself. If he wasn’t, nows the time! Some dogs just don’t like it. Rottweiler growl for different reasons. He’s always been allowed on the couch and when the growls have happened I’ve always been on the couch. Have you taken your gal to the vet for a complete physical including thyroid levels? Chewing shoes is not the same as your dog growling at you. Help. I never really hand fed them, but I did made sure to put my hand in their bowl while they eat. You can of course, Google for more information and The Dog Trainer: Resource Guarding — What It Is, How to Prevent It is one link to get you started. If this behavior is occurring with all family members my first thought is always go for a thorough vet check to rule out physical possibilities. I’m not promoting hitting a dog with anything even a slipper. I was in fear of him as I had a baby in the house too. Should we take it as a warning? Our visitors come here looking for ways to help them change negative behaviors to positive ones. Another something you might try are things like this: Grab some high value treats first, then have Zeus sit and wait (we use “wait” vs. “stay”) while you walk away. Lol. K9 Handler Let's His Family Dog Starve to Death! He pretty much just leaves Blackie alone. The parents in the new story had a perfect investigative solution and like they did, I’d set up some webcams and/or recording devices in strategic locations where your child and dog commonly interact most often. Color of the dog has nothing whatsoever to do with dog behavior. It’s believed by many that hand feeding promotes the dog’s understanding that the person holding the dog’s meal in their hand is the boss. I’d like to share Freddy’s letter with you all in the hopes that between what I say and what our readers say, that Freddy and his dog Brody will find some help here that will give them what they need to to overcome Brody’s growling issues. It’s up to the puppy’s ‘parents’ to show him/her what is okay and what isn’t and to discipline him in a fair and loving way so that he can grow up to fulfill his potential. I will not have her put to sleep and re-homing her would be a disaster, because the new owner might think, “I have to put that dog to sleep!” and I don’t have a gun, so I can’t shoot her (and I wouldn’t any way). Since this behavior seems tied to the level of light, I’d be looking for eye problems. The Dog Trainer: Resource Guarding — What It Is, How to Prevent It, Mine! You don’t want your dog to stop barking at oddities around the house that would break him of being protective. It could mean they are in pain, fearful, in play, or even happy. I saved you!”. In her case there is no baring of teeth for example, it’s like she’s mumbling, grumbling and telling the other dogs who’s the boss because most often she’s in their face when she does this. The last one is the scariest one. This has yet to happen and my contact with him was probably two years ago. One other thing, he is totally obsessed with You could try clapping your hands or trying different sound effects that will interrupt the annoying behavior but I urge you to be sure there isn’t real danger before you call your pup off guard duty. GSD’s are known for loving people especially their kids but sometimes you get one that just doesn’t fall into this category. Hand feeding is thought to be a way to extend this dog’s initial survival lesson to their person being the boss. My suggestion is that you research on your dog’s chewing problem. P.S. See where I’m going with this? And it only happens when I eat. We had this happen with our Schnoodle and all our Yorkies. I'm Alessia, owner of a rottweiler/beagle mix named Lucas (aka Lucifer - you can put two and two together on why he gets that nickname). How? It's how they “speak”. I would take my dog to the vet for a thorough health check-up including checking for thyroid issues. I think your dog is trying to tell you something. If you get bitten because you’ve smacked your dog, you would have no one to blame but yourself because at that moment, your dog is protecting himself. Respect his space and call him out instead. I just got my dog lucky a year ago and just a few days ago he started chewing on my shoes which he never really does… this is the first time he has done that and i really don’t really understand why his misbehaving that way? Give it a few minutes, go back and try again. It sounds like for some reason Zeus may be thinking of you as a threat … why I don’t know … but you need show him you’re not. 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