Helping a Deaf Rescue Dog Learn She Doesn’t Need to Growl at Her New Roomies

By: David Codr

Published Date: January 14, 2020

For this Council Bluffs dog training session we shared some tips to help deaf Maltese mix Millie stop growling and lunging at Min Poodles Abby, Annie or Powder Puff Crested Bree if any of them approach Millie when she has any chew items or food.

Many people confuse a growling dog as being aggressive, but its not. Growling is a way of disagreeing. It can be followed by a bite in the same way a human may follow a warning with a shove if someone is doing something inappropriate (we do not condone shoving).

Fortunately Millie’s guardian knowns this and so we set about helping Millie learn that she doesn’t need to growl when another dog approaches by addressing the root cause. You can learn how to stop a dog from growling when another dog approaches when it has a high value item by watching the free positive dog training video below.

By helping Millie practice having good things happen when she has a high value item, she will learn that she doesn’t need to growl when dogs approach as she will see the approach as a good thing. This is one of the key benefits of positive reinforcement force free dog training. The dog enjoys the experience which means the lesson is one that often lasts a lifetime. If things revert in the future, the guardian can practice again as needed.

Another great thing about this tip to stop dog growling is anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a professional Maltese mix dog trainer to do it. Or specialize as a professional deaf dog trainer. As long as you go slow, watch fo the signals and provide lots of positive reinforcement, it works wonders.

Now it will be important for the guardian to practice this secret to stopping dogs from growling at one another often and in different locations. Mille will probably need more practice than other dogs as she is a deaf dog. But with enough practice she will learn to stop growling at other dogs when she has things.

We shared a number of other tips in this in home Council Bluffs dog training session. To help this amazing dog rescue angel remember them all, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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