What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals?s
July 19, 2012 4:07 PM Subscribe
What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals?
posted by mintchip to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a toy breed (minpin) puppy age 10 months. He always had issues with other dogs, and would bark, growl, and lunge at them at every opportunity.
We've been taking training classes with him, and although this behavior has lessened, I'm not sure that he'll ever be very comfortable around other dogs, and he still snaps at them if they come very close. (There are two neighborhood dogs he knows very well who he gets along with just fine, even off leash.)
More alarming is that he has now developed the habit of growling and snapping at people who ask to say hello to him.
I have made a lot of effort to socialize him, have him greet people, have him be around animals, walk him in crowded places, take him to stores, etc., and as I said we have done several levels of puppy classes.
How should I address this behavior? I think that he gets fearful and anxious, and unfortunately, he reacts with aggressiveness.