Growling when asked to move off chair or when tired etc

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My dear Gretel who is 3 and a half  months old she is a real sweety except when you ask her to move from the chair  in the rumpus room she is quite growly but I still insist that she gets down.Also when she is very tired she will do this to if you need her to move out of the way.

She also will do this when you try to stop her  from doing something she really wants to do,like not come in from the back yard.I have had a policy with her of insisting she does what I tell her to do.If she growls she gets a very harsh  no from me .

Any Idea's ?.This is my second Doberman and my first one never growled at a soul even though she was an extreme crazy puppy wild as can be .

Thanks for your ideas

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Hmmm....if it were me, I'd be making her get off her favorite chair a dozen times in a row...just to let her know that she's not the boss.  Give her a treat or some extra pats and lovin' every single time she gets off without growling, though.  Got to keep it positive.

Some people think their dog is playing when it growls, but I personally dont like it and wont allow it.  I'd be stopping that behavior before she takes it to the next level.

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Sounds like this one will be a handful......nix all unacceptable behavior as quickly as possible she's way too young to be showing this kind of behavior to her people.....she must really think she is in charge for some reason; we had a stray dog that did this and it was scary but we got past it ........

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Thanks for your comment, she is a lovely big girl loves people but just has this bad habit.She starts dog training on wednesday night so maybe that will help this problem

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Thank you for your comment and that is a very good idea.I certainly will try that with her.She starts dog training so maybe this will help a bit more discpline .

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Our "little" guy Admiral gave us quite the testing when he was young as well. Everything from location guarding, to food guarding. He even snapped at us a few times and drew a little blood. He is 19 months now and is very well behaved with possessions. 

We got a book called "Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding" and it was fantastic for putting everything in perspective for us. All it took was regular training and positive reinforcement and he came right around. I am not sure if product links are allowed in the forums but here is the book: http://www.amazon.com/Mine-Practical-Guide-Resource-Guarding/dp/0970562942.

He will get testy once in a while still but a firm "No!" sends his ears back against his head and he instantly breaks out into apology licks. 

I certainly found it frustrating at times during the training but it certainly paid off. 

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Thanks for that I will look into the book.She starts dog training this evening.what she does is not guarding she pees on everything she likes too.Like her play bed which is out on the washing line because she was peeing on it.Its marking territory like a male dog .She has to find her scent in the house.I think that is what she is doing .She is a lovely girl and very sweet  but like all puppies they are not saints.

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If she's growling mainly when she's on the bed or chair and you're making her get off then stop allowing her on the furniture.  Places like that are EARNED, not a given.  If she's going to act like that then she hasn't earned anything and loses the privilege. 

 

Now If I make Rocky move I often get an extemely loud sigh and sometimes a moan as he drags himself off  (making it look as difficult as possible) but I would never tolerate him growling at me for anything.

 

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Thank you and I will do this with her.She  has a lovely nature  but isn't the extrovert like my other dober girl Irma was.Irma was large wild and nosey and the best food thief  in the world.Gretel is much quiter thats why the growling is a surprise.I wil let you know how she is going.

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Great suggestions and all so valid.. Goes under the category of inches and miles.. etc.

Sounds as if your girl is a resource guarder and needs learn  that the resources come from YOU!

Good catch and thanks for sharing.

Funny.. there's a lot of us who have been on this Forum for a long while. Each time someone asks for suggestions, I re-learn.. so thank you for this reminder.

Bella decided that she wanted Sofia's place on the sofa.. she would growl and at first when she was an itty bitty thing. we'd just laugh.. give her a Cesar poke and physically move her.. Guess what.. it started to escalate where she would air snap at me when I'd direct her to move.. now we don't even let her go to Sofia's rightful 'throne.'

Same thing with a high valued treat like a knuckle bone.. I will hand it to her.. let her gnaw for a while and then take it away..First time it was a growl, so I didn't give it back for about 10 mins. ( an hour in dog years).. then it was a nasty look.. ditto.. now I can take the bone away, walk away with it and she waits patiently (?) til I come back with it..

Good luck and remember the NILIF concept.. it works..