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DiamondDog
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Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
I have a two year old Goldendoodle. Super dog overall. Well trained. Smart.

Lately when I try to move him after he has been laying down he has started growling at me. This is completely unlike him. It’s happened three to four times before. I correct him. And behavior is done.

Tonight I needed him to get up to change his bed cover. He started growling at me. Then started baring his teeth. All Cujo like.

What I’m about to say I’m not proud of. Mainly because I had issues with aggressive dogs growing up. I grabbed this 70lb dog by the back of the neck and threw it outside. Basically just told the MFer to get the hell out, like it could understand English.

I didn’t beat the dog but is this behavior something that’s escalating? This dog is not aggressive in the least and has been solidly trained. I am aggressive and have had to dial it back from just straight up killing it tonight.

My wife is pretty hysterical this dog started acting a fool tonight. This is her baby and has defended it through everything. Tonight she was firmly in the camp we can’t have this.

Is this not a big deal or are we in the middle of bad habits being formed?


TheOcean
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
The dog is challenging you as the Alpha. Bigger dogs always go through that phase


BayouBandit24
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
How old is it? Could be having a health issue

Nvm. I see that he’s two. Probably just testing you.
This post was edited on 2/16 at 9:45 pm


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lsuwontonwrap
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
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I grabbed this 70lb dog by the back of the neck and threw it outside.


A dog being outside is ban-worthy for some folks around here.

Maybe he's sick?


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Ricardo
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Let sleeping dogs lie.


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Chad504boy
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
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I grabbed this 70lb dog by the back of the neck and threw it outside


That’s a felony


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little billy
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Orange County, CA
Member since May 2015
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Slap the shite out of him right across the snout. Not kidding. I had a miniature schnauzer named Jim when we brought my daughter home for the first time. Little Jimbo decided to growl at her. He never did that again. Point is they understand.


Hangit
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
He is starting the Alpha contest. You have to mount him.


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TigerOnTheMountain
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
You did the right thing even though I know you feel bad for doing it. The dog is challenging you to see if it can assert dominance and behave as it wants.

Pics of wife or GTFO and take your rabid dog with you


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UnoMe
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
I’m no dog person, but when I was a teenager my mom did this shit, I acted just like your dog, she acted just like you??.

Give him a few minutes to get his bearings before grabbing by the back of the neck.


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LaBR4
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Will Cover
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
It starts as simple as you go out first, then your dog follows after you give command. You go inside first and your dog waits for your command.

Same for eating. He eats when you give him the command. He backs away when you give him the command.

He’s challenging you not because he is a prick but he sees himself as the pack leader. If he is on his or your furniture, attach a leash to him and work on the “off” command. When he does well, praise and reward. When he doesn’t, a gentle nudge on leash will force the action. No need to scold, just off and nudge the leash. Rinse and repeat. And you don’t want to confront with your eyes. It’s a sign of aggression with dogs.


The Pirate King
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
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I grabbed this 70lb dog by the back of the neck and threw it outside


I can’t imagine why the dog thinks you’re a threat...


little billy
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Also if that behavior continues I'd just get rid of him tbh. frick that shite.


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The Mick
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Go to vet immediately. Somethings wrong internally and it’s painful imo.


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Will Cover
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
If he keeps doing that, the dog will bite out of fear, only because that will be his natural instinct.

A growl is actually a good thing - it’s a warning. He can correct the warning with the tips I provided above but he needs to understand the basics of having a dog at 2 years of age. It’s essentially a teenager. And teenagers test their parents until discipline, structure and routine are implemented and become healthy habits.


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Ricardo
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
The main problem I see with aggression in dogs is that the owner treats the dog like a baby. They mollycoddle the dog, so it never learns its proper place in the hierarchy.

Showing affection is good, but too much affection is detrimental. Dogs need boundaries.


Spasweezy
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Madisonville
Member since Jan 2014
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Is he fixed? If not, snip those balls off the little shite. Sometimes you have to smack your dog some. Nothing hard enough to harm it, but enough for it to know that he’s your dog.


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MrWalkingMan
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Louisiana Federal District
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Change goldendoodle to pit bull and this thread has 10-page potential


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DiamondDog
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Member since Nov 2019
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re: Dog Help Advice Needed- Growling and Baring Teeth
Thanks for the advice everyone. I went back up and worked with him. Told him to get off the bed. Sit. Wait. Climb (his command for on bed). Told him to get off after he had laid down a few min, rinse repeat.

He seems to have got the message.


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