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Hello, its been a while since I last posted - we have a 2yr old Rotty/Lab mix who is very reactive to other dogs. We have consulted with trainers, vets etc and she is getting better. But recently at home she has been growling at us when we approach her if she is laying down. It's strange because she will then immediately get up and be very friendly - want to play ball or play with her stuffed animal etc. We have had her for 9 months and this behavior just started. We thought that she would become MORE trusting after all the love and attention we have given her since she has been here. It was suggested by someone that she may be in some sort of pain but her behavior certainly doesn't show that. She will chase a tennis ball and fetch it until she wears herself out. It just doesn't seem like she would do this if she was hurting in some way. She is wearing us down at this point. Any ideas would be appreciated - tx
 

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You may be "loving " her too much?? How much time do you spend training and working with her each day? She may just think you are not worthy of approaching her. :(

Instead of loving her and spoiling her....try to show more leadership. She may be unsure of her roll in the household and now is trying to go up in leadership? I would start with implementing Nothing In Life Is Free (NILIF). Google it ,and start implementing this into her everyday life. Basically it means she works for everything. Get her off of the coach/sofa, out of your bed, and make her do a command for everything. Basically boot camp to get her to understand that you are in charge...not her.

Rottweilers can be very pushy...and often when spoiled by owners that give them too much love...start thinking they are in charge. Not a good thing.:rolleyes:
 

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Our previous Rottie, Dallas was a most non assuming 95 pound female. Always friendly and carefree. Except at night and other situations that warranted a protective bark or growl. Typical well mannered Rottie. We miss her to this day.
But don't try to wake her up. LOL She would give you the "Rottie Smile". A morning grouch. No growling, just smiling. :)
Just saying.
 
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