|Barked: Tue Apr 16, '13 6:59am PST |
|I agree with everyone's advice so far.
I have personally made it so I have some furniture that is allowed on, and some that is not. The main couch is off limits - especially with a coming baby who will be getting bum changes, etc on said couch. I don't want dogs jumping on my son, lol. I've also made my own bed off limits, etc.
My foster dog, Beau, would growl every time you'd try to get him off ANY furniture. Growl, bark and snap. He had bitten previous foster parents over it. He was fear aggressive and pushing him off only escalated the behavior because nobody was heeding his warnings. I taught him a solid 'Off' command, which helped a lot. Until that was taught, however, I did have him drag a leash around the house so I could safely grab the end of the leash to guide him where I wanted him without repercussions or him feeling threatened.
Definitely teach the grandchildren that if Keeva growls - back off, leave her alone and go inform an adult of what caused it or that she was growling when they did so and so. It'll keep the kids safer, teaching them to respect her space when she gives a warning, and it reinforces that nothing needs to go any further than a growl. I would far rather be growled at or have my children growled at than bitten without such a clear warning prior.
That was another thing with my foster. He never growled or gave CLEAR indications that he was uncomfortable. I had to learn MORE about other signs that were more subtle(looking away, lip licking, whale eye, mussed up whisker bed, tense muscles, etc) to watch for. He'd been punished previously before we rescued him for any and all growling, so he resorted directly to biting without clear warning. All this achieved was getting several people bit. So I definitely recommend NOT punishing for this, but instead, redirecting her. Dogs live in the moment - so you rewarding her when she does a good 'Off' when asked, is going to do just that. It isn't going to reward her for the growling or behavior on the couch.
Work on it several times for a few minutes at a time throughout the day should have her knowing it pretty quickly and understanding what you're asking of her.
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