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Old 01-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the first time we've had anyone come over since we've had her. When I'm walking her, she's fine with other people, but when my friends came in today, she moved closer to me and growled..the closer they came the louder she growled. No snapping or barking...I haven't ever heard a regular bark from her. Heather wanting to hold her, but I was afraid to try.

What do I do when people come over?
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like she's getting protective or possessive... How old is she? Sounds like she needs some socialization classes? My Emily was like that when she was young, but puppy socialization classes helped.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mia is a retired breeding dog, right? Do you know her background? What her living situation was before you got her?

As Michele said, Mia is probably under socialized. Rescues can need the help of a professional trainer to overcome issues. I would try to find one in your area who is certified and will come to your home for a couple of sessions. Growling at strangers is a precursor to biting and something you really want to deal with before it gets worse.

In the meantime don't push Mia beyond her comfort zone even if that means shutting her away when you have company.
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When my neighbor had her she didn't growl at me when I went over there...she huffed at me a few times, but never was aggressive toward me. So, I was surprised when she growled at Lisa today. She didn't growl at the kids or my daughter or her husband, but that was their house. I never saw her protect my neighbor like she did me today. She would walk around sniffing at people when I was there if there were others there at the same time.

She loves my husband and doesn't act aggressively toward him at all. I've heard that can happen.
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Could there be a physical quality that may alarm her?
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When my neighbor had her she didn't growl at me when I went over there...she huffed at me a few times, but never was aggressive toward me. So, I was surprised when she growled at Lisa today. She didn't growl at the kids or my daughter or her husband, but that was their house. I never saw her protect my neighbor like she did me today. She would walk around sniffing at people when I was there if there were others there at the same time.

She loves my husband and doesn't act aggressively toward him at all. I've heard that can happen.
Mia came with baggage since she's a rescue. It's hard to know what triggered her behavior.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lisa is a big girl with a big voice. They also have three chihuahuas which maybe she smelled. Outside on the leash she is curious about people. I stopped and sat with a neighbor the other night on her porch and Mia was quiet and comfortable. Layed down in front of us. We saw some kids playing basketball yesterday, and although the jumping and running and kids carrying on made her stop a few times and look up at me. as long as I kept moving she was right with me. No aggression or outright fear.

At my daughter's house, just before we left, I let Arwen, my 8 year old granddaughter hold her with my supervision and she was fine with it. They sat with me on the sofa and petted her and talked to her. I let them each give her a treat and it was fine..
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Sounds like she picked up a scent from your friends that she thinks they are not trust worthy of being around you. Not only did you get a little gem of a dog but the fact she loves you lots! With a bit of patience and love you can train her to know that you are ok and not in harms way
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My boys will bark like crazy at people, growl at them, but when approached turn into wiggly rolly polly puppies that lick hands and want bellies rubbed.
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Mia is adorable. Our Biscuit does the same thing but we never had the opportunity to get him any socialize training. When he's out and about in public he's fine and most time quiet and friend, letting people come up to him and pet him. However when he's home and in his comfort zone, he would grow and bark to visitors. He even chase and bite our daugther!
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