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Condolences all.
I've certainly enjoyed reading about all the various dogs and feel some small sense of personal connection to them because of it.
Edited by NorCal - 1/16/16 at 9:59am
post #3977 of 3987
This is a noob questions and the answer is "don't do it then" but I wanted your opinions on my dogs extreme discomfort with a particular action.

My my dog is laying dog she does not like for anyone to put any weight on her body, albeit a hug from behind or a put your head on her back, especially from behind. She dislikes it so much she will growl (I know thats a good thing instead of biting) and even snap a little while getting up to get out of the situation.

We've had her since she was 7 weeks and don't really understand where this apprehension has came from. We have nieces and nephews around, and she is perfectly great with them, but do not want that behavior to continue. I called in an animial behavorist and he told me not to do it, which I already know, but I was hoping to train her to either be ok with it or just walk away without the growling or snapping theatrics.
post #3978 of 3987
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Originally Posted by djblisk View Post

This is a noob questions and the answer is "don't do it then" but I wanted your opinions on my dogs extreme discomfort with a particular action.

My my dog is laying dog she does not like for anyone to put any weight on her body, albeit a hug from behind or a put your head on her back, especially from behind. She dislikes it so much she will growl (I know thats a good thing instead of biting) and even snap a little while getting up to get out of the situation.

We've had her since she was 7 weeks and don't really understand where this apprehension has came from. We have nieces and nephews around, and she is perfectly great with them, but do not want that behavior to continue. I called in an animial behavorist and he told me not to do it, which I already know, but I was hoping to train her to either be ok with it or just walk away without the growling or snapping theatrics.

How old?

I'm thinking pain or dominance issues.
post #3979 of 3987
From the archives: Northern Michigan. The two deerhounds were chomping at the bit to get out in the 6' fenced area (about 1/2 acre). Unbeknown to me a whitetail had gotten in and suffered a broken neck for its trouble.

post #3980 of 3987
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

How old?

I'm thinking pain or dominance issues.

1 year old. I highly doubt it is pain.
post #3981 of 3987
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Originally Posted by djblisk View Post

1 year old. I highly doubt it is pain.

There are a few experts on this thread who can no doubt shed some light on this behavior for you. My 2 cts. for what it's worth.

I do know that laying your head on a dog can be perceived as submissiveness by the dog and can get you a growl or a nip. If that's the case it is past time for you to address the issue before a kid gets bit.
Really should not be a big deal, depending on your dog's temperament - brutality is not required - but you do need to address it. I had a similar issue with a deerhound and my current beast, pictured in my avatar, and it was a pretty quick fix.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

There are a few experts on this thread who can no doubt shed some light on this behavior for you. My 2 cts. for what it's worth.

I do know that laying your head on a dog can be perceived as submissiveness by the dog and can get you a growl or a nip. If that's the case it is past time for you to address the issue before a kid gets bit.
Really should not be a big deal, depending on your dog's temperament - brutality is not required - but you do need to address it. I had a similar issue with a deerhound and my current beast, pictured in my avatar, and it was a pretty quick fix.

Good luck.

Agreed. Hence a discussion of the issue.
post #3983 of 3987
Thread Starter 

djblisk, this could be many things and range from insignificant to serious. It's really tough for anyone to offer advice over the internet, so I would seek a professional evaluation.

 

A buddy lost his best rat hunter this weekend in a freak hunting accident. Here the Terrierman offers a few kind words after the eulogy.

 

http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-terrier-that-truly-lived.html

 

lefty

post #3984 of 3987
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

djblisk, this could be many things and range from insignificant to serious. It's really tough for anyone to offer advice over the internet, so I would seek a professional evaluation.

A buddy lost his best rat hunter this weekend in a freak hunting accident. Here the Terrierman offers a few kind words after the eulogy.

http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-terrier-that-truly-lived.html

lefty

Yah. Thanks Lefty, I'll probably take her to a behaviorist to see what that person says.
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Thread Starter 

And take that info with a grain of salt. It's probably something minor.

 

lefty

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^Sad to read about your pal's terrier Grumpy. Losing a great working dog like that must be a good deal harder than just losing an ordinary companion dog, although that's hard enough, as I can testify from all too much bitter experience.
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Thread Starter 

Yeah, he's pretty broken up. It was a good dog.

 

 

lefty

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