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    Growling?

    Hello there!

    My husband and I have had our rescue dog for a few years now. His name is Delmar. No idea about his background.
    We've had a couple incidents with him. Well, I say we. Actually me.
    When we first got my other dog Delmar attacked him over a toy. I went to separate them and Delmar growled at me and acted like he was going to bite me. I made my husband get him out of the room. He growled at me one other time before this morning. After that last time I stopped having anything to do with him. My husband feeds and takes care of him.
    This morning my dog, Tor was whining to go outside at about 4:00. I let him out and wait a few minutes to bring him back in. When I brought him in he wouldn't go in the crate. I'm whispering in a firm voice for him to get in the crate. Delmar is behind me in his crate and goes NUTS. Growling and snarling. He scared Tor so much that Tor wouldn't go in the crate. He did it again a few hours later when I tried to put Tor up again.
    I had my back to him, wasn't yelling, wasn't doing anything aggressive. All I was doing was speaking in an assertive tone.
    What should I do?! I'm nervous to be around him now. I'm thinking about telling my husband that he needs to wear a muzzle until we can sort everything out but I don't know if that's being extreme or not.

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    Re: Growling?

    Main thing is to find solutions to get your house hold moving in the right direction again. You could move Tor's crate where Delmar will not interfere. With Delmar never put yourself in a position where you are pushing forward when he does a behavior that concerns you, get Delmar to release and come with you..

    Don't play into Delmar's direction of behaviors.. he pushes you push back (not physically,but playing into his direction) which gives Delmar the OK to take it to the next push level.. Break his behavior by not playing his game.. change it by getting him to come do something else in a different location.. Have him follow you into another room, where you can get a sit and eye contact and reward him for working with you playing your game and direction.

    The new dog, and toy thing would be normal dog reaction. Multiple dog homes need to learn appropriate interaction skills and we need to be more mindful that they dogs and will act like dogs over things until we help them learn better skills. so you keep them safe by identifying triggers for poor behaviors and trigger proof your house until they have better skills

    for growling at you, best to get them moving out of the situation and on to do something else. Teach them that letting go and moving on working with you is rewarding.. Re build your working relationship with Delmar..

    for not going in the crate for Tor you can try a cheat... like throw a motivating toy in the crate that will break their concentration and chase the toy. Be sure to shut the crate door and treat reward for going in. or throw a good treat in the crate and again give rewards after the pup is in the crate and the crate door is shut.

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    Not enough info here, but the easiest way to fix your crating situation with Tor is to move his crate away from Delmar's.
    What kind of dog is Delmar? How old? How long have you had him? What kind of training does he have? What training techniques have you used?

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    Re: Growling?

    Unfortunately Tor's crate is entirely too large to go anywhere but where it is. lol. May be able to find a new spot for Delmar though.
    Thank you for the advice! I'm afraid I don't trust him enough to work with him. This showed me how unpredictable he is. Now I worry about using a stern voice at all around him. What if he wasn't in his crate yesterday? I'm afraid he might have tried to bite me. I just don't understand what happened. Do you think it's a dominance problem?
    Tor usually has no problem going in his crate. Think it was just out of routine and he got confused. When I put him in a couple hours later I threw a treat in and he went right in.

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    Re: Growling?

    Delmar is a Staffordshire. Tor is a Great Dane. No idea how old he is, we think about 5/6. Had him about 3 years and he was full grown when we got him. He practically has no training. My husband is not the best at training and I have refused to work with him after he growled at me the second time. Awful, I know but I don't trust him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhefnerb View Post
    Unfortunately Tor's crate is entirely too large to go anywhere but where it is. lol. May be able to find a new spot for Delmar though.
    Thank you for the advice! I'm afraid I don't trust him enough to work with him. This showed me how unpredictable he is. Now I worry about using a stern voice at all around him. What if he wasn't in his crate yesterday? I'm afraid he might have tried to bite me. I just don't understand what happened. Do you think it's a dominance problem?
    Tor usually has no problem going in his crate. Think it was just out of routine and he got confused. When I put him in a couple hours later I threw a treat in and he went right in.
    Dogs do learn and out grow our behaviors.. IF Delmar decided at one time to called your bluff and you backed down, they going to play it for all it's worth.. It would be best you feeling your over your head, to think of finding a "positive trainer" ( Delmar doesn't need anyone that will (call his bluff and push on him) or man handle him that will only make him stronger and harder towards you trying to work with him) When a dog goes hard, you want to find their softness, that is the dog you want, the level of behavior you want to work with. That is what you Want Delmar to be naturally in your presence.

    It's ok for dogs to do dog things it's how we react to change the direction, of the situation is what counts. Can't work with a dog and gain anything for your effort when a dog goes hard, (what is a key word that would peak Delmars interest , something that would light that dog up Happy)... remember you will have to follow through what ever it is... "every time follow through.... you want to start teaching Delmar to come out of being hard, and the best way to do that is to find a positive trigger word that does it for you... give it some thought...

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