Hi. My Cocker Spaniel sleeps with us and has done since she was 6…

Hi. My Cocker Spaniel sleeps with us and has done since she was 6 months old, she is now nine. Lately if my hubby gets up to use the bathroom she begins to growl at him. She loves him to bits, why is this?

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3 years ago

Good morning. I just wanted to add a bit of advice. As a dog owner and lover, I feel it is very important to have rules in place for the health and well being of everyone. Some rules seem silly to have, but any rules help keep the pack order where you, the human, remain the leader. Bedrooms are at the top of my list for rules. No dogs are allowed in our bedrooms. This is an easy rule to keep since there are doors to help. It also helps keep the pack in order. Co-sleeping gives them the idea… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
Krista Magnifico(@kristamagnifico)
3 years ago

Hello, There are a lot of studies and articles on this. In general it is important to understand what the growling is. In some cases it can be annoyance about being awoken. In others it can be assertive dominance and this is very worrisome asbitbcan esclate. The best advice I can give is to talk to your vet and ask for a referral to a behaviorist who can help diagnose and assist in managing it so it doesn’t escalate. Also. Your dog belongs in a crate at night. It will stop the growling and remind them that they aren’t in… Read more »