Hi Gayle! My cute little puppy growled and mouthed me the last two times I’ve tried to dry her feet. I think she wants to get the towel from me, but I’m not sure. What do you think?
Licking, especially excessive licking, is something I get asked about frequently in class and dog consultations. It’s not always as much of a problem as an indicator of one…except for the person getting licked a lot who doesn’t like it, as well as loving dog owners who care about helping their pets. There could be many reasons why your dog is doing this.
Why is your dog acting the way he does? Do you understand what his behavior is telling you? What is really going on when he “appears to be aggressive”.
Most of what you read on the internet or hear people talk about dogs being aggressive…”being in charge or being dominant, controlling, alpha or submissive” is not true. Rather than being aggressive, your dog is more than likely afraid of something.
When your dog starts barking unnecessarily and excessively, should you begin shouting at him/her to be quiet? If they hear your irritation, will they understand that you want them to stop? Probably not! Your dog may interpret your loudness as you joining in his “fun”, and you most likely will stimulate him with your shouting. So that won’t help. So, what should you do?
Got a new puppy? How fun! Except when you come home and find one of your favorite shoes or one of your throw pillows in chewed to shreds all over the living room floor. This might not make you feel any better, but you’re in good company…most new puppy owners face the same situation.