Yes I have the same issue, it is not all the time, but my brother lives with me. She used to growl at him every day, and he would give her a treat, I told him to stop rewarding the bad behavior, and that did help. She only growls now when I am in bed, she sleeps beside my bed, and if he walks past my bedroom she will growl. It's always a soft growl. I immediately tell her no, and 99% of the time she will stop.
But I am the only person she will let pet her, and the only person she will go for a walk with. I thought maybe they were one of those 1 person dog types. If someone else tries to pet her, she just backs up, doesnt growl or anything... just gets out of their reach.
Thank you all. With your advice I have made a few changes.
First I am incorporating walking past the house during the walk, yesterday three times. And by the end of the walk she had no idea we were going home!! So it helped for yesterdays walk for sure, and I plan to keep doing that.
Second, she seems to only like/trust me. My brother lives with me and she will not let him get near her. He gives her lots of treats to try to win her trust, she will get close enough to take the treat, but that is it. --It hasn't worked in 3 months. So I told him no more treats all the time. She only gets treats with training or for reward for good behavior. I got her a big bone from one of the suggested sights, and she has that she can chew on.
This change has made a difference in her as well, for the good.
I am learning just as much as she is -- we are learning together.
@eeeefarm Once we are home she is fine, a happy girl, yes that is when she gets fed, right after we get home from the walk. After she ate she then begged all evening for my attention and to go for another walk. I love the idea of going past the house during her walk!!
Well I got so much help with my last question, I am hoping I can get some with this problem. Woody loves to go for a walk, she begs all the time to go. Problem is once she is out, she doesn't want to go home, and will stop and freeze and I cannot get her going again. When she figures out we are heading home, that is when the freeze happens, she literally will not budge unless I walk in a direction that is not towards home. The first time she did it was half a block from home, next time a block, each time it has been a little farther from home....I think because she is learning the different paths we take. Today she did it a mile and a half from home. Took me ten minutes to get her to move, and then she pouted, walked as slow as she could, and stopped feet planted intermittently all the way home. A walk that should have taken an hour and 15 minutes took 2 hours and 15 minutes. In the past if I walked away from her and turned my back to her and not look at her, she would give in and come. But that doesn't work anymore. Another problem is she has been abused, beaten, so when she does this and I get frustrated and walk back to her ... she can tell I am not happy, and she will back away from me. So then I feel I need to pet her to make her not feel afraid of me, but I also feel when I do this I am teaching her she will get positive reinforcement for bad behavior. What do I do????? I am afraid to take her anymore.
@elbrant I do give her a variety, we have 4 different paths around my home, and I have taken her to the state park a couple of times. She has one path that seems to be her favorite....as she spends a lot of time sniffing all the smells, there are a lot of dogs that use the path. And she definitely lets me know which way she wants to go for the day!!