Rescue standard poodle - territorial growling

by Susan
(Wqshington State)

We have adopted an adult standard who has a history of being abandoned and starved 5 years ago. She was adopted and loved by a couple for 4 years. They gave her up for adoption due to having a toddler the dog was fearful of and the situation was stressful for them.

This dog is great - with the exception of some territorial growling. If she is curled up with me and my husband approaches she will often growl and look directly at him. She has done the same thing towards me, but far less frequently. If you go near her food bowl when she is eating - she will growl.

She is great with strangers, our friends, and other dogs. The only time she growls is in the type of situations I've described. Help!

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Mar 13, 2018
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

All the best,

Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at

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