Location: Warrington UK
Joined: Nov 2006
Some advice needed , a grumbling dog.
Hi all, I`m after some advice. Over the last few days Fudge has been a bit grumbly with people.She has on a few occasions objected vocally to being takjen out of a room, or being moved off the sofa.She has turned her head quickly towards the hand doing this action and made a small grumble . Normally this is associated with food. I must state quite clearly that she has not attempted to bite anyone it is like what a dog does if another one is annoying them. She stops straight away when she sees the hand, then acts all submissive.She is perfectly alright around her own food bowl and will sit and wait until told.I can also remove her bowl without her reacting at all.
The example I would give is children eating in the front room. fudge getting too close and begging and this happening when being moved backwards with her collar. The other occasion was when she was being taken out of a room (which I was in ) again by her collar.She has also done this when being taken down from the settee. (on this occasion it was my leg moving her body sideways from under a blanket.) On all occasions there was food in the room and she was being moved away from it.
My questions are,
Is this a food issue?
Is she flexing her muscles?
What strategies would you use to knock this on the head?
She is a very gentle dog and has shown no aggression to any other dog and lets the kids play with her with no problems whatsoever. It is something that has happened about 4 times over the last week that has caught my attention and I don`t want it to continue or indeed escalate.
All help gratefully received.