This time off lead! omg i really dont want this to become a problem. He is 10 months old and Im thinking this could be his hormones? Maybe its time for the chop ???
Or is he being dominant? I really dont wanna steer clear of other dogs all the time..i want him to interact with other dogs so how do i nip this in the bud?
Growling is a dog's way of saying "I don't like this". So what about the situation doesn't he like? What are the other dogs doing? (Google "Clothier" "He Just wants to say hi" - wonderful article about how we often expect way too much from our dogs).
And, yes, it could be hormone related
tell us more about the situation of where he was growling.
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He was in normal place where he is always walked nowhere new...alfie has tendency to see a dog and want to sniff it so he goes over sniffs then growls the other dog was an older chap and did nothing but the other dogs owner said he was a male so maybe that is why he is doing it? But he saw a male springer today who he was fine with played with him for half an hourOriginally Posted by Dani
Yesterday was a small westie they were both on a lead at that time they both went to sniff and he growled and the 2nd time was a tiny puppy who he also growled at
Great article and oh so true. As an owner of one dog that can be very rude like that and another dog who does not tolerate rudeness it is interesting to see the reactions I get when the one who does not tolerate rudeness takes an "aggressive" stance.Originally Posted by Dani
One of the reasons I do not visit dog parks too often
I'd consider having him fixed sooner rather than later. As you say, hormones are the likely culprit here. His behaviour is not unusual for a dog of his young age, but if he growls at the wrong dog -- especially an assertive, intact male -- you will have trouble on your hands.