Lily’s aggression is getting quite worrisome. She likes to show the teeth and growl all the time to me and somewhat my girlfriend. I am the main care taker of Lily and she also likes me the most. She is quite quick to show the teeth. We had a trainer who suggested giving her treats when approaching her to get her out of the that state of mind, but I think it just embolden her more as she knows she’ll get a treat if she starts showing the teeth.
She’ll listen to commands after or during these episodes, but she is quite nervous with the licking and pacing while doing so. She is quite food driven and whatever trick or task the trainer said we should do, Lily learns quite easily, but we need to break her of her thinking she is the alfa dog. Our Vet says we need have her submit as soon as even her lip moves, but with Lily’s little legs (and quite strong) it’s hard to get her down.
She’s lovey a lot, but also very growly and it’s becoming an issue in the house. My girlfriend does not think we should be commanding/loud in tone towards her when she’s acting aggressive so it’s becoming a point of contention. I really don’t know what to do.
I work from home and Lily likes to sit next to me all day. She’s great on walks, knows her commands, but is a real you-know-what and will start lifting her lip just petting her. The training method with treats has now made her behavior worse IMO.
Do not listen to your vet for training advice! If you have been making her submit, you are reinforcing her concerns. Growling is a way of warning she is uncomfortable and should not be punished because she will learn not to warn. try watching some Zak George or kikopup videos on utube to assist with your timing while training.