Dog growls at my son HELP!!
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|Fri, 10-19-2007 - 9:11pm|
I'm so glad that I just found this board and am hoping someone can help! Here's background to my story:
We got our Pug about two years ago when he was just a puppy. I now know that we made a mistake by not signing him up for puppy obedience classes, etc. However, at the time I was finishing college, working, and pregnant and it was just one thing I let slide. Not to mention we lived in a rural town where hardly any resources like obedience training were available. No excuses, I should have trained him.
Fast forward to now. He is usually a really great dog. DH and I could do whatever we wanted to him and he wouldn't care. We can stand by him while he eats, take his bone away from him, stick our hand in his food dish, pull his tail, etc. Obviously, we don't make a habit of this but he is a pretty good patient dog.
That was until a couple weeks ago. My biggest concern is that he has become extremely protective of his food but ONLY around the cats and my son. He was never like this before. He lunges and growls at them. Is it because they are jumpy and have sporadic movements? I am guessing it also has to do with my son being a toddler, etc. I am worried that he may hurt my 1 1/2 year old boy. We do not let our son aggravate or hurt the dog in any way and really our son didn't spend that much time near our dog unless he wants to give him a quick pet. My dog ALSO JUST started barking at every siren, doorbell, etc that hears (whether its on TV or not). He is just so jumpy and unpredictable now.
For now, we have just been letting our dog have his space away from my son and the cats. However, we need to resolve this problem and I really don't want to give him away :( What would you recommend? Is it too late for obedience training? Will that solve our problems? Where would you recommend I start looking for good dog classes? What should I be doing at home to minimize the number of upsets my dog displays. What should I be doing when my dog starts growling at my son?
Sorry this got so long. I appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance!!