Guest dougbb Posted February 24, 2012 Share Posted February 24, 2012 I know there have been several posts on the topic of snapping, and I've read most of them. Still, I wanted reassurance that our dog's behavior is normal, and some advice on how to go about from here on out! Last night, my boyfriend was petting our half-asleep greyhound, Doug, on Doug's bed in our bedroom. We've had Doug for about a month and he's been only sweet and affectionate. We pet him on his beds all the time, and usually he does that pawing, "wait, keep petting me!" thing when we stand up. Anyway, I soon joined the petting, and I noticed that Doug was breathing very quickly. I thought maybe he had GI pain from some new treats (and, in fact, he's had diarrhea twice this morning), but didn't think more about it. Anyway, after a bit of petting, my boyfriend leaned over to kiss Doug on the forehead-- and got majorly snarled and snapped at! This shocked us, since we have never seen this side of Doug. Some background: I work from home and, though Doug is a velcro dog, he's only a velcro dog with me. Whenever I've tried to close the door and keep him out, he whines and whines. Doug follows all of my directions -- go lie down, come here, wait, etc. -- and generally seeks me out for affection. When I leave to teach or for meetings and my boyfriend is home, Doug will stand at the front door whining unless my boyfriend brings him to another room with him and closes the door. Though Doug can be affectionate with my boyfriend, he tends not to follow his orders unless I'm there confirming them. He also doesn't generally seek out my boyfriend's affection, which I think my boyfriend takes personally. Earlier in the evening, while I was working, my boyfriend and Doug came back from a walk when Doug found a bully stick that we had accidentally left out (very exciting!). When my boyfriend tried to take the leash off, Doug got growled at him -- maybe the third time we've experienced Doug growling over food. (The other two times were with me, and also with bully sticks.) This spooked my boyfriend so much that he just left the leash on until I came home. (He grew up with some very aggressive dogs and tends to back away when growling begins.) Anyway, let's just say that these series of events -- growling and snapping -- have seriously shaken my boyfriend's confidence around Doug. Though he loves the dog, he's admitted to being a bit scared of him. I told my boyfriend that we clearly were pushing Doug's boundaries w/r/t his bed and didn't even realize it, but he also thinks that Doug doesn't respect him and that I should be stricter about not letting him follow me all over the house. We have this weekend free and I would like my boyfriend to spend time doing basic obedience training with Doug, which I think will help him gain Doug's trust. I especially want Doug to feel comfortable with my boyfriend and vice versa because I'll be out of town for four nights next weekend, leaving my boyfriend alone with the dog. So, a few things here: should we from here on out not touch Doug when he's on his bed? What kind of obedience training should my boyfriend do with Doug? How do I teach a velcro dog to be secure alone? Is it OK to just close the door between us from time to time throughout the day? (I've taught him sit-stay and with that can leave the room for up to a minute, and I've implemented many of the NILIF techniques.) Oh, one more thing: after Doug snapped, we spoke in the Voice of God, and my boyfriend took him out of the room and closed the bedroom door, mostly so we could discuss exactly what happened after the initial shock. Though Doug whined a bit at the bedroom door, he actually went and lied down in the living room -- the first time he's ever just given up with a door closed on him. After fifteen minutes, we opened the door, my boyfriend retrieved Doug, pet him (while standing of course!), and that was that. Thanks in advance for any advice, anecdotes, etc.!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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