Maybe a little bit of ESP going on here, hey? He was loved by many that he at first intimidated by his low growl and they figured out that he is a love bug. Good luck! For example, if the dog’s got something he’s not supposed to have (shoe?) He may be better off in a home with adults and/or perhaps older children like well-behaved teens. He’s growled at my oldest son before, and once at my husband. I know I am largely at fault too, BUT IS IT MY FAULT TO WANT TO BE WITH MY DOG? I have been bit two times in the past three weeks! Why do dogs growl? Here’s a link to Victoria Stillwell’s article on resource guarding. In a way it’s kind of ironic that Freddy would write to me at this point in time because this is currently an important issue in our home as well. When we found this behavior in Gracie we just gave her and us some time and learning to know one’s dog. We thought maybe he needed a buddy. Oh please do not end this baby’s life. As always before proceeding with any behavior altering techniques of any kind, get mom and dad to take your dog to the vet for a thorough exam including they thyroid testing I have mentioned in probably a bazillion places on our website. I think it took us about a year to finally be comfortable that she’s just yakking and we are not afraid of her whatsoever. I don’t believe you instill the feeling of safety in a dog by putting your hands on them to correct them. I’m not telling you to take unsafe actions around him. Please help!!!! It’s imperative for you to determine what Brody’s triggers are. 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. You’re on the couch and he considers the couch as “his.” I would for sure look at resource guarding, the more you learn about it the more you’ll either agree or disagree it’s at least part of or your dog’s problem or maybe the whole problem. So I figured the solution would be to whenever I would eat not let him be near me. thanks for any help and we need it! GSD’s are known for loving people especially their kids but sometimes you get one that just doesn’t fall into this category. I have read all the “expert” answers above and while they are sound and reasonable, no where does it say what to actually do. That means that although the entire family may be accepted, loved and protected by the dog, the dog will still have his favorite person even in a multi-person home. Honest to goodness folks, there really are people out there that believe this! Somewhere inside of you, you (and all family members!) This is the first time he’s drawn blood, not a lot, but the damage was apparent. Read up on hypothyroidism and see if your dog’s new behaviors fit what’s going on at your house. You need to show him that nothing bad is going to happen, but you need to trust him as much as he needs to trust you. Is the dog getting between you and your child or other person acting like she’s protecting you from the other person? Don’t ever approach and touch a very excited dog, try to verbally or with sound effects to get their attention instead. I’m not saying this is what’s going on, I’m just mentioning how far back the possibilities go. Babies aren’t born pre-programmed in how to behave in this world. I am not sure if you can help me or not.. I would never stop with just a thyroid check either, there are many illnesses & medical conditions that bring on various unwanted behaviors in dogs. Holding a dog captive is no different than cornering them. If you stop what you are doing, look directly in his eyes with concern or sound threatening to him, you will reinforce his insecurity. Tonight I was laying with my head in my fiances lap and he did it. one thought that comes to mind is to first of all to *never* give him food from your meal/plate when he’s in that state. 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. You might want to read my How to Meet a Dog which may help you. Once you learn more about what both breed’s issues can be you can move forward from there going in directions that follow what your own specific dog is doing nor not doing. tell the dog no while trading the shoe for a toy he can have. They snap, and nip in basic communication, muchless when they’re upset. NOW this dog growls at me, and let me tell you it was a weird feeling. When he growled at me outside, my husband came around the corner and he ran up to him wagging his tail. Now, let’s give our attention directly to Freddy and Brody …. Before, he would bark to go outside, or if he needed water after playing with his treat dispensers. I see part of the problem as your dog is sensing your fear and this is making things worse as well. Sheps are prone to this condition so a blood test for this is *always* Step #1 in my opinion. He hasn’t shown any other signs of aggression as far as I can tell. So fear sets in, flight or fight follows and the number one reason a dog bites is fear. Any kind of excitement could lead to or already be a trigger to his reactive behavior. I adore him. Please don’t take this wrong but I’m getting a huge red flag about this family member. He HAS, however growled at my 10 year old son, before, and often, whenever they are both around me, or when my son has come into or leaving my room. I would wait until he stops growling and calmly but firmly tell him to sit or lay down (your preference). It happens in different situations. On: July 7, 2013 By: rottweiler Posted in rottweilers. Seriously? He’s been warning you, RESPECT HIM for this because so far he’s not bitten. How might you suggest that someone with a large dog pick them up by the scruff of the neck and maintain eye contact? I’ll let her have them occasionally and get her “ball fix” but after awhile enough’s enough and I leave no more toys laying around for a few weeks. It’s very easy to miss the subtle signs a dog displays until the behavior seems so crazy that they can’t ignore it. I have a working dog. Also, sticking your hand in the bowl to initially determine if a dog is food aggressive isn’t a good idea at all. Anyway, I’m guessing you would rather not hear a shrill whistle in the middle of the night but what you might try is keeping a readily available dog whistle nearby for when your dog goes off on things during sleep hours. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. You don’t have to be a savage or a bully, but in the wild they are physical. Perhaps Dad would be open to helping you transition the dog to being more fond of you by transferring things like the care and feeding of the dog to you for starters. She tends to be good all other times besides this but I am not sure what to do and since you bred them and obviously love and cherish your dogs maybe you can help me or direct me in the right location. So, we’ve determined the dog is trying to communicate with us when they growl. If your vet finds a physical reason the dog may be growling, your vet may be able to alleviate the pain and if it’s pain-growling removing the pain will make the growling will go away. Puppies growl and bite because that is how they communicate with their mother and siblings, and you are a new species he/she has never seen before. It was more than a bit depressing to learn that what we all thought was Riley being overly-protective of me is probably not protectiveness but possessiveness. The black one doesn’t want the brown one in the car or in my bed with him. Any help or advice you can give would be great appreciated, thanks so much! Don’t forget the complete physical including testing for hypothyroidism. Basically, he wanted to be Alpha all the time. We will generally call them to us and tell them they’re good puppies and thank them for their protection. We’re confused by this because he seems to be asking for attention from her and then reacting to it. That will more than likely encourage the behavior when he doesn’t get what he wants. Before attempting to train your Rottweiler, it’s much better if you first recognize the sources of their behavioral issues. He is perfectly healthy except for a little arthritis he has in his front right shoulder joint due to his hard playing and being 84 pounds. Unless you’re a responsible professional breeder there is no reason for her to be intact and keeping her intact puts her at a huge risk for mammary cancer. My sister shares my apartment but the dog will simply avoid her if it needs to — the dog will avoid me, and I’ll try to avoid the dog to not trigger her, but she’ll growl and tense up when I enter a room (she lays in the doorway to the kitchen and to the living room so I HAVE to pass her). A dog with low self-esteem is more likely to bite than a confident dog. 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. A trip to the vet would be my very first step, he may have a urinary type infection. It worked and he has been doing really well until the last couple weeks. The reason I say this is because of our Gracie. Or do you think it is something more then that. he just turned 6 months i plan on having him fixed but all of a sudden when ever my husband pets him he growls and acts like he will bite him .my husband says if he dosent change i have to get rid of him . She will be two here in a few months and I just thought that maybe she is ‘coming into her breed’, so to speak. I would take him to an eye specialist, from what I’m learning GP vets don’t always see eye problems unless they’re very obvious such as a disease like Pannus or Glaucoma which cause the eyes to be come cloudy looking so you can’t help but see it. Our visitors come here looking for ways to help them change negative behaviors to positive ones. Why? We’ve never had this happen before. Many Rottweiler owners claim they own a “Velcro dog” because their dog just has to stay attached to them. My bf usually feeds them and I give them treats. He gets to the point he will nip at you if you don’t listen. Whereas me… I’m usually at school, even during weekends, so I don’t get as much opportunity to play with our dog, and that I’m scared to touch him because he’s bitten me a number of times. One is black and one is brown. Behaviors that seem to start “out of the blue” many times really aren’t so blue. Rottweilers are not an aggressive breed, and nipping, growling etc. 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. Eye and ear problems can cause a dog to be startled by things and they may react to being startled/out of fear. You shouldn’t think of ending the life of an angel sent by God, since everything comes from Him..try to remember patuence, love and time cures all things. Mine both made a growling purring rumbling noise when I massaged them or brushed them. I know he comes from 2 stubborn breeds. “true colors.”. When people come over, Dolly is at the door warning us and Gimli runs to our bedroom to hide. These behaviours have different meaning as they try to communicate their different emotions to their caregiver.. 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