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Subject: RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping
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Lance


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12/31/2009 2:17 AM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
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Mitzy's Mom


Raving lUnAtIc!
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02/02/2010 8:40 AM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
It's not something that is specific to rat terriers. Usually a dog that growls when in your bed should not be allowed in the bed...

Mary Beth, mom to the Lollipop Kids: Mitzy, Mayfly, Gilby & Skipper
http://h2hrescue.org/
"YOUR OWN PATH YOU MAKE WITH EVERY STEP YOU TAKE" - Joseph Campbell

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rattytatty


Training Moderator
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02/02/2010 8:54 AM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
Imagine that you are sleeping and suddenly someone is manhandling you; poking, prodding or attempting to pick you up! I'd really be a monster if someone accidentally fell on, kicked or stepped on me while I was sleeping.

Many dogs (like most people) do not like to be jolted like this while sleeping. Oftentimes, they grow up learning that growling or even snapping at someone when disturbed like this makes the offender "go away".

Unless a dog has been taught from puppyhood that sudden disturbances during sleep are non-threatening (a very good idea!), she is likely to see this type of thing as frightening and probably a bit frustrating too. When in doubt, it is always safest to just leave the dog be. Do not touch - instead, waken her verbally with an up beat "wake up!" before attempting to move or otherwise interact with her. Once she "comes to" she should be alright and look forward to being touched.

When children are involved, it is especially important that you teach them not to bother the dog while she's sleeping. Teach them to arouse her verbally and wait until she is fully awake before attempting to touch her. Accidents can and do happen, but in the case of a sleeping dog - any youngsters should be kept away, or the dog should be put away safely to nap in another room or her crate to prevent any mishaps.

If you love to cuddle with your dog, I personally think it's ok to allow her in bed. But I think it's equally important to make sure there are other rules. If you don't want her jumping on you, don't allow it. If you want her to sit while you prepare her food, enforce it. Consistency is the key to having a healthy relationship with your dog. If you don't want her on the furniture, enforce it every time. If you don't mind her in your bed, find another rule to enforce every time. I also feel it's important to train "UP" and "OFF" commands. "UP" meaning asking the dog to get up on you... or furniture... or anywhere else you invite the dog "up" to. "OFF" meaning asking the dog to get off of you.. the furniture.. or whatever else the dog is on. Both commands can easily be trained with a clicker using your index finger as the target. If my dog is laying on my lap and should growl at another dog who attempts to get on my lap... a simple "OFF!" will get BOTH dogs off my lap, and indicates that the growling is not acceptable... and not tolerated... behavior.


~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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rattytatty


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02/02/2010 8:56 AM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
I meant to also say that "touching" the dog while she's sleeping applies also...

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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macclellan


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Newbie
02/04/2010 2:27 PM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
Hence the expression" let sleeping dogs lie."
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snickerbug


Ratterific
Ratterific
02/04/2010 2:46 PM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
Snick only growls when he's the only one sleeping .. we don't mess with him when he's sleeping or nudge at him or anything. But sometimes if we accidentally bump him with our foot or laugh too hard that the shaking wakes him up, he'll give us one of those "warning yelps". i dont really know how to explain it .. he doesn't really GROWL or threaten us in any way, just makes a little yelp like it scares him and he wants us to be quiet.

However, when we're in the bed and all sleeping, he's used to the tossing and turning and being bumped or touched every now and then and it doesn't bother him.
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Baby


Newbie
Newbie
03/16/2010 9:00 PM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  

I guess I didn't explain our situation very well.  When me, my hustand & Baby are asleep, sometimee my hand will slide off my side while asleep and touch Baby.  If I accidentially touch Baby while she is sleeping she will growl!  It is not that we are trying to wake Baby up or anything like that!  She has never nipped at us when this happens but I don't know how to stop her from doing this because she sounds like she could eat you up!  My friend is going to keep her while we attend a wedding out of state and I don't want her to growl at my friend and scare her!  Is there anything I can do to teach her not to grown when this happens.  My friend is also a dog lover and she will let Baby sleep with her.  I have told her what Baby does if touched while sleeping (only happens at night).  Baby does not do this when she is sleeping on my lap or anywhere else during the day and is inadvertently touched!  This is just a night time thing.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Mitzy's Mom


Raving lUnAtIc!
Raving <font color=blue>lUnAtIc!</font>
03/24/2010 6:47 PM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
Then maybe your friend shouldn't let her in the bed at night? Crate her or let her sleep elsewhere while at your friend's house....simple solution that.

Mary Beth, mom to the Lollipop Kids: Mitzy, Mayfly, Gilby & Skipper
http://h2hrescue.org/
"YOUR OWN PATH YOU MAKE WITH EVERY STEP YOU TAKE" - Joseph Campbell

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vccarmi


Bratty Ratty
Bratty Ratty
07/13/2010 8:24 PM RE: Growls When Touched While Sleeping  
My two eprsonal dogs and my foster will all growl when disturbed while sleeping although they all do it differently.

Daisey only growls at other dogs, not us, when disturbed. Her wierdest thing is that if she is sleeping and I pick her up she looks around for a dog to growl at. Eddie will let out just the slightest growl if I accidentally kick him (he sleeps by my feet and I am a wiggle worm) but a loud growl if another dog walks on him while he is under the cover. Most of the time my foster Woody will let you wake him or pick him up but ocassionally he will growl and it is at humans or other dogs.

I believe I will take Nora's advice and give them a verbal wake up whenever possible.

Vickie, Ratbone foster mama
Mama to Eddie & my angel Daisey
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