Why does my dog growl at me?
DogForums.com is the premier dog Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Why does my dog growl at me?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    2

    Smile Why does my dog growl at me?

    We have a 5yr old Golden R that we got about 8 months ago. She is a very good and mild dog, almost never barks even. If my wife goes to bed first and I follow later the dof lays in the bedroom or at the door and growls or even barks when I come in. Sometimes it seems like she might actualy try to bite me. This is the only time it happens, she is friendly to me otherwise. She occasionally will growl a very little at our 2 yr old if she is pestering the dog too much but she grows much more agressively with me. I started feeding her to see if this might change her attitude but no luck so far. Any thoughts or ideas?

  2. Remove Advertisements
    DogForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Senior Member lil_fuzzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    3,162

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    My dog will bark at my hubby when he comes in from the garage, even if my dog and I are at the other end of the house. As soon as she hears him step through the door, she barks and growls. She will instantly calm down once she realises who it is. So maybe your dog is just alerting your wife of a possible intruder? Does she calm down once she realises it's you?

  4. #3
    Senior Member ThoseWordsAtBest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Posts
    10,793

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    It sounds to me like your dog is resource guarding the room. Does your wife ever go to bed after you do and notices the same behavior?

  5. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    569

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    I don't know about the bedroom, but you need to be extremely mindful of the two year old. Growling is a warning. Heed it.

  6. #5
    Senior Member Independent George's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts
    2,296

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    I wonder if she might have a vision problem - maybe she doesn't recognize you in the dark? Actually, is there a hall light on behind you when you enter the bedroom? If so, your dark silhouette might be scaring her.

  7. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    569

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    Do you step over the dog or cause it to get up from its comfy spot when you come in the room? Dogs don't like that. You could teach him the cue, "Excuse me."

  8. #7
    Senior Member Cracker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    5,613

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    I agree with the others, in general there is not enough information. Dogs growl as a warning and it should be respected at all times...while you figure out the why and work out a way, through management and training to prevent the dog from feeling the NEED to growl.

    It may be resource guarding of the room, it may be she is startled by your appearance (lighting, sound etc can make a dog uncomfortable).

    If you can let us know:
    Is this behaviour NEW or recent? If so, have there been any changes in the home environment? (people coming and going, renos, new pets etc that could be stressing her out).

    What does she LOOK LIKE when you appear at the door. Do you see the whites of her eyes? What is her body language like (ears, eyes, body direction, tail)? Does this only happen when your wife is already in bed or does it occur at other times? How is the dog with you in general? Do you feed/walk/participate in training etc?

    Regarding your two year old. No child under the age of at LEAST 7 years (older for boys) should ever be left unattended/unsupervised with a dog, any dog, regardless of age or breed. It is not safe, children can inadvertently injure the dog and trigger a bit. Kid pays, dog pays. Not a good idea.
    Maggi and Cracker, Dog about Rosedale


  9. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    2

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    Thanks for all the responses. I dont know the answer to all your questions, I will have to observe more closely. Last night I took a treat up to her and that seemed to help but dont know if this is a good habit to get into.

  10. #9
    Senior Member Cracker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    5,613

    Re: Why does my dog growl at me?

    Quote Originally Posted by tippim1 View Post
    Thanks for all the responses. I dont know the answer to all your questions, I will have to observe more closely. Last night I took a treat up to her and that seemed to help but dont know if this is a good habit to get into.
    This was a good instinct, so don't worry about it being a habit. IF she IS resource guarding (whether it's the room or your wife) conditioning her to know you are not a threat and she gets a reward for being calm and moving away from the "guardee" is a good thing. Resource guarding behaviour modification is BASED in rewarding the dog when someone approaches the thing they are worried about. Remember you are not 'rewarding' the behaviour, you are CONDITIONING the dog to accept your approach. Two totally different things. Eventually, you can put an "excuse me" (get out of the way, nicely) or "go to your bed" on cue and work on it that way, but for now, teaching her that you are not a threat is number one.
    Maggi and Cracker, Dog about Rosedale


  11. Remove Advertisements
    DogForums.com
    Advertisements
     

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

  • Decrease Size
    Increase Size
  • Remove Text Formatting
  • Insert Link Insert Image Insert Video
  • Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.