Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Suzanne, I think i heard from you a while ago while you were just moving and suggested you speak to the body corporate to put in a temp hole into the garage or through the wall to the garden for the doggy door?
It is difficult with so little information and not having seen the dogs to know exactly what is causing the growling behaviour. If could be pain related, the stress of moving plus the changes in sleeping arrangements, it could be you being home more, or even a combination of all of the above! What I would suggest firstly is to take the dog to the vet for a through checkup to ensure that the dog is not in pain and the vet can then give any medication that is required. If the problem is occuring due to any physical causes then virtually nothing you do with behaviour will help.
What i would suggest you do is realize that you are doing the very best you can for your dogs and dont feel guilty. Bring in basic house rules (link below), treat them as normal, and if the one dog does growl at the other, firmly put your foot down (you are pack leader) by shouting a loud 'no', and the second the dog stops, praise for stopping. If the dog continues, then take ti by the collar, with no talking or interaction at all, pop it in the toilet for 30 seconds, then without interacting with dog or talking, bring it back to the situation that cause this time-out, and if it happens again, repeat.
In the event that the behaviour is stress related, I would suggest you try some of the basic TTouc such as Noah's March and Ear work which will help calm the dogs and even speak to your vet about the dogs going onto some calming medication for a while. There is an article on my website friendsofthedog in the Dog Stuff section called Shelter Dog - thinking about adopting one and this will give you both the basic hgouse rules and the basic TTouch. Good luck, I think your dogs have a wonderful caring owner and that you are doing your absolute best - which is all that any of us can do!
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