• My B, Sahara growled at a friend of mine yesterday when he was leaving. She was trying to get him to stay. She does this alot to me and my husband, but yesterday was different. Her growl was more mean than ever, and I think he thought she was going to bite him. Sahara had never seen him before, and he was talking to her and petting her and when he turned to leave that's when Sahara tried to grab his wrist with her mouth and growled real loud. He hollered at her and I tried to grab her collar and she would not let me get close to her. He did finally get hold of her collar and I took her from him until he got across the invisible fence. Last night when I left to go to my sister's house she tried to grab my wrist while I was getting in the car and I showed her my water bottle and said, "No Sahara, No bite!", she did not growl and backed off. At this point I do not know what to do with her, I can't have this! Any suggestions? This is the worst she has ever acted!


  • Wow - sounds like Duke's behavior to me. He doesn't like it when people leave the house or yard. I don't know why he does this either. I spoke with a behaviorist. She said it's because we have allowed this behavior and is a hard habit to break - (hard to do). When people leave my home, I scoot the dogs outside. If I can't do that, I put Duke on a leash and tell him to sit and (try) to ignore his verbal and physical protests. It hasn't worked for me - yet. I find it much easier to get him out the back door. I have blocked his access to the front yard. We also have underground fence. My son's friends know not to leave the yard until Duke is in the house. I don't know what else to advise.


  • Not sure if this will help you, but we are in the process of training Charlie to move away from the door (go to his bed) and wait there while we leave the house. We started yesterday, and so far so good. He understands "bed" (go to your bed) and "wait" (stay put for a moment). Perhaps you could ask Sahara to stay away from the door while people are leaving… with praise and treats for good behavior, of course... While DH leaves home for work, I get Charlie to come by me and stay - then I treat and release him so he can watch DH through the patio door 🙂


  • My vizsla used to grab people by the seat of their pants as they left the house and even I had a bruise or two. All the dogs now have a "place" they have to go to when I or anyone else leaves. I started by teaching them their places first with lots of treats and praise. Now, I announce when I or anyone is leaving and they all run to their places and wait for a little treat. As I leave the house I drop a small treat to each of them on my way out.


  • A Manners Minder might help with positive reinforcement of the proper place for the dog to be when people enter/exit.

    http://www.nerdbook.com/sophia/manners_minder/index.html


  • Came across this video- not good

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJwjpO19R4c


  • That is insane. I mean, that crazy chick is LETTING her dog GROWL and bare its teeth at her!!!!
    Wo.

    Isn't anyone here, is it?


  • That's a basenji & owner headed down the wrong road.


  • That's a *Basenji and **owner headed to the *pound to be euthanized and **to court to pay heavy fines…....


  • @JazzysMom:

    That's a *Basenji and **owner headed to the *pound to be euthanized and **to court to pay heavy fines…....

    Exactly, amazing how people think that is funny up to the point someone gets bit and then they say "oh I just don't understand how that happened"….sigh


  • GRRRRRR that woman P"ed me off something fierce She thinks it's a joke and putting it on youtube like it's funny instead of trying to deter that behavior Phoenix is having some issues like that but u would NEVER see me get a camera and tape it instead of correcting him. I swear some people need a HUGE B**** slap . those people who tape there dogs while there being aggressive and think it's a joke haha look at my dog when hes going to bite someone haha grrrrr i think i need anger management classes cuz i really want to hunt this woman down.


  • Also young+tired ,, The thing i have done is put him on a leash when that before behavior happens so i can get to him quickly or pull him back. when people come over or leave that way i can handle the postion before it starts .


  • I almost wished that dog took a bite of the camera (not really but you know what I mean) :mad: It also made me wonder what this dog has been subjected to in the past


  • :rolleyes: This woman is so stupid to let this B's behavior go to the point of looking like it will bite. My Sahara, does growl at times, but I would not allow this behavior at all. I have grabbed her when she tried to keep me from shuting the bathroom door on her, she was growling real loud, she knew I meant business and has not tried that behavior lately. I did carry a water bottle with me when I got into my car recently and told her, "No", and she has not done the growl & grab Mom's wrist since. Yea, the next time company stops by I will put her on a leash when they leave, which is a problem sometimes as she runs from me. Have to get the special sandwich meat treat out for that. haha!!!!! Can't keep her from the mailman and UPS man, I don't know when they come until it's too late. She is doing better about minding my "Leave It" commands, so I think in time of reinforcing no growling she will get better. Thanks all for the advice!:D


  • @youngandtired:

    :rolleyes: This woman is so stupid to let this B's behavior go to the point of looking like it will bite. My Sahara, does growl at times, but I would not allow this behavior at all. I have grabbed her when she tried to keep me from shuting the bathroom door on her, she was growling real loud, she knew I meant business and has not tried that behavior lately. I did carry a water bottle with me when I got into my car recently and told her, "No", and she has not done the growl & grab Mom's wrist since. Yea, the next time company stops by I will put her on a leash when they leave, which is a problem sometimes as she runs from me. Have to get the special sandwich meat treat out for that. haha!!!!! Can't keep her from the mailman and UPS man, I don't know when they come until it's too late. She is doing better about minding my "Leave It" commands, so I think in time of reinforcing no growling she will get better. Thanks all for the advice!:D

    Sounds like your making good progress C…...good job!!!!

    Keep it up......Mom's in charge!;)

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