Murphy, our 7 month old GSP, has been growling at us at for the past two months. A couple of examples: the last two times he had nails trimmed by vet(they weren't real concerned-said it was more of his show of displeasure than growling); reached to take my sock away this morning and he growled-told him "stop growl-drop it" but he didn't drop,so I then reached to take sock from his mouth and he did not growl,although I had to pry it away from him;holding his collar because he was being jumpy- told him to sit-growled.
This doesn't happen all the time but I think once is one too many times. He's also being stubborn-not responding to come, off, being very whiney. Is this just an "adolescent" stage/phase he's going thru, or do we need to seek help from a traineer?
pixie bee-Thanks. We are working on the sit/stay & down/stay. I 'm sorry to be so ignorant about this, but it's been 15 years since I had to put my Golden Ret. to sleep. She was so easy to work with - just different than Murphy, but I love him with all my heart.