Aggression

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Just Because, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Just Because

    Just Because New Member

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    I've had my dog Sam for four years. He was abused as a tiny pup, but the shelter got him at three months old (approx) and I got him at six months old. He's never shown any signs of aggression whatsoever. Out of the blue tonight, my son (17) was laying with him on the couch & Sam growled & lunged at his face. My son was fast enough to stop him before he got to him, but WOW!!! WTH?! I am dumbfounded and don't know what to do.
     
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    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    With a massive behavior change like you describe, my first thought would be that there is something going on healthwise. A full vet check with bloodwork and a thorough physical would be my first step.
     
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    Yeah, I would get him checked out by the vet. If there's nothing wrong with him, get yourself a behaviorist. Not one at petsmart either, and actual behaviorist!
     
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    I agree with taking him to the vet. How old is he now? What breed/mix do you suspect him to be? What was your son doing at that exact moment? Did the dog have a treat or toy?

    I had a similar situation once... At about 2 years old, a dog I had raised from 8 weeks old (the dog on the far left in my signature) started growling at my son when my son would hug him. I was MORTIFIED. Based on his breed, he was looking at a death sentence if he had issues - I DO NOT tolerate human aggression. But, I took him to the vet to rule out any medical issues before doing a behaviour eval on him.

    Come to find out, there are nerve issues in his spine and the pressure my son was putting on his back with hugs was painful! So, a pain management system was planned out and I explained to my son that leaning on the dog hurt him. It's been three years since then, and there has not been a single episode of growling (even with accidental pressure placed on the dog).
     

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