grumbly dog

(8 Posts)
fairychronicle Wed 15-Jun-16 20:52:29

hi we have a 3 year old lab cross which we have had from a pup from dogs trust. She's been great, although quite easy to scare over various different things but usually gets over them. not so long ago she would get "funny" about being in her bed, she wouldnt go in it would lie on the floor etc, then that passed (it wasnt consistent) then she would refuse to move from areas, ie the sofa, to go into another room etc and wouldn't even be enticed with a lovely treat. Again thre was no consistency to it. We have since had a pup who is now 5 months old. they got on quite well and sleep together. Over the last couple of months the lab has got progressively more grumbly towards her (probably because she often wants to play) - we have given teh lab her own space when she needs this and are also training the pup to not climb all over her all the time- which she isnt now as she has started to calm down. It looks like the lab is warning her off but occasionally she gets a bit nasty with her and we are often having trouble getting the lab to go outside so much so she either doesnt go or if we try and herd her out (to go toilet) she will turn round and snarl at us. I have made sure she goes without the pup in case this is bothering her but dont really know what to do. She will play with the pup etc and be ok . Not sure what to do as we are really concerned about her snarling at us etc especially as we have a daughter. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

MrsJayy Wed 15-Jun-16 20:56:32

The lab sounds stressed rescues are funny about stuff can you put the pup out when it starts she msybe feels crowded and this is why she is snarling can you get in touch with a behaviourist we were in touch with our behaviourist from the rescue for a few years

MrsJayy Wed 15-Jun-16 20:58:11

Oh i noticed you got dog from dogs trust call the centre and speak to them you get life long support from Dogs trust

littlemissneela Wed 15-Jun-16 20:59:10

Have you taken her to the vet to rule out any medical issues? Dogs hide illnesses really well, so it might be something like that.

TrionicLettuce Wed 15-Jun-16 21:04:23

It's worth getting her checked out by a vet, just in case there's something physical which might be making her uncomfortable and short tempered.

One of the first indicators that DDog2 had arthritis that was making her uncomfortable was her snarking at the other dogs.

Then, as MrsJayy says, the Dogs Trust are generally really good for offering behavioural support post-adoption so it's a good idea to get in touch with them.

TrionicLettuce Wed 15-Jun-16 21:04:53

Cross post with littlemissneela

PenelopesToenail Wed 15-Jun-16 21:10:37

Definitely get a vet check to rule out anything if there's nothing wrong
Then contact a dog behaviourist, it would be easy for us all to give you advice but we don't actually know the dog and what's happening in the background like the trigger etc and any advice we give you could potentially make the situation worse.
Your vet should be able to put you in contact with someone smile

fairychronicle Thu 16-Jun-16 21:16:28

thanks everyone did think of gettig her checked out just in case there was an underlying problem that made her short tempered.

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