German Shepherd Recently Started Growling at Friends
Hutch and my son
Hutch is my two and a half year old, intact German Shepherd. We’ve had him since he was 6 weeks old. He’s very playful, outgoing and mild mannered, obeys well and doesn’t bark a lot. We’ve had three occasions in about 6 months where he has growled (2X) and snapped (1x). The first was the snap when a lmale friend approached Hutch through the window. He leaned down to let him smell his hand, and Hutch aggressively growled and snapped. He did not make contact because of window screen. The second time was when a friend of mine came by to borrow something that was outside in the shed. She opened the door, and Hutch tried to come inside. I was standing nearby in the kitchen. When my friend, who has spent a lot of time with Hutch (she watches him when our family goes on vacation), told him no he growled at her. The third time is very similar to the second. The friend is in the doorway but on the third time, I was by Hutch and not inside. Neither of these times has he become aggressive with her. He has only crowd like he was trying to warn. Hutch plays regularly with my grandchildren who range in age from 2 to 13. He’s never once indicated any aggression toward children or other adults besides these two. Should I be concerned, and if so, what should I do? Oh, we also have a miniature schnauzer who is Hutch’s best friend. The schnauzer shows no aggression.
I know this may seem like a minor issue compared to many of the others I’ve read, but I want to be proactive and prevent anything that could potentially go wrong. I love my Hutch puppy.