(Closed) How to stop growling?!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My dog would do this occassionally especially when it seemed as if there was a confusion about which home was his because he wasn’t used to our new home yet compared to when I lived at home with my parents. I just started being incredibly firm with him everytime he would try growling at me. I would clap my hands really loud in front of his face (like about a foot away) and would tell him no in a firm voice. No yelling. It’s a trick someone actually taught me to use on my cat when he starts clawing the carpet. But it seemed to work on my dog too. He would stop growling. He hates the car too and would freak out the same way. He still hates the car but he hasn’t growled at me in a long time. So it seemed to work I guess! You could try it and see. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It sounds like its an issue with leaving/getting in the car.  Either way, you do need to stop the behavior.  I would look at the cause of the growling rather than trying to stop the growling itself.  If the dog knows he’s not supposed to growl, but still feels threatened or wants you to back off what else is the dog supposed to do?  The next step might be snapping at you. 

I would work on positive reinforcement.  When you get him to come with you make sure you give him lots of praise and even treats.  What can you do to make the car ride more comfortable?  If they are attached to your mom, can she walk you out to the car? 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with the PP.  You have to provide lots of positive reinforcement to get the dog in the car- treats, fun toys ONLY for the car ride, etc.  He may also be getting attached to your mom and protecting her?  Have her help you get the pups into the car to see if it helps subside the growling. 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would just like to say that when I read the title of the post, I thought it was going to be about an in-law situation. 😉

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Sorry to hear you are having this problem!  I wonder if it might help them to get in the car sometimes without going anywhere?  Like others have said, give them lots of treats and have some toys around, get in the car with them, and then just get back out without driving.  Then you make the car a really positive place?  Just an idea.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It sounds like its really a fear of the car.  

They will outsmart you though, giving them a carrot every day and then putting them in the car, they will catch on.  

Maybe try other ways of transporting them.  Do you have an SUV?  Could you put a cage/carrier in the back and put plenty of blankets down for them?  Maybe even try covering the carrier so they can’t see out.  Sometimes animals like a small dark place to lay in when they are scared.  Having them sit on the seat can be very hard for them to balance and thus maybe making them uncomfortable/scared. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Sorry, one other thought.  Maybe take them for a long walk or play ball with them for a while before getting them in the car.  If they are tired, will they just lay down and go to sleep?  Also maybe make sure they don’t have to go potty before getting in the car. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine randomly growls too, sometimes. When he is on the bed with your mom, is he sleeping? Our dog will sometimes growl if she is dead asleep and I go to touch or move her, I think it scares her. I agree with PP about using treats, etc in the car. If you have an SUV, one thing that I have found works is to put the backseat down so they can sprawl out. Sadie hates riding in the car, but when the backseat is down for her she sprawls all out, rests her head on the console in the front seat and takes a nap.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

what is your mother doing when the dogs run to her and start to growl at you? sometimes this could worsen the behavior if they feel they are using her as leverage. along with the positive reinforcement for the car ride, also try having your mom get up and stand beside you as soon as the dog starts growling and maybe also ask her to tell the dogs “no” when it happens. this way you can use your mother as support, instead of letting the dogs take her.

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