But say they growl at someone else but not you in the same situation. Should you physically move them then? I would say that down the road it could turn into a problem. Seems like asking would be the way to go in almost all situations. Or even if your dog has never shown any signs of issues like this, if you consistently move them versus ask them to move, I wonder if you are setting yourself up to creat this type of negative behavior in the future (dependent on the dog of course) as they get tired of you moving them around.
If Tillo would growl to a person, I wouldn't physically move him either.. But I'm lucky that he already knows that when I say he has to go, he really has to go.. and he listens to that very well.. I never made it 'normal' for him to use my couch and bed.. It's not his, so he doesn't need to protect it either. If he thinks I'm sitting too close, he goes to his own bed on the ground.. He's laying there know as well.. Lycia is laying next to me..
I wouldn't just move a dog around.. I think a dog will get tired of it.. I do pet the dogs when they are sleeping or I lay next to them.. But Tillo likes cuddles when he sleeps.. so I'm lucky with that too 🙂
It's not all that 'perfect'.. Tillo did growl to my mom when she tried to get him out of the garbage…...... Of course she couldn't call him away and she couldn't let him eat the garbage either... I told her to throw water over him if it would ever happen again.. Of course she also made sure Tillo can't get into the garbage 🙂