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    Hi! We just got our first bully foster Nina last night. She's nearly 10 (!) and had been with the same family for her whole life. She has been tested for nonaggression and seemed to be doing fine last night. This morning, I got her up and took her for a walk and then my husband came downstairs. We had breakfast and then I had to leave for work first. As my husband and I kissed goodbye, Nina started growling and barking. She seemed completely fine when we stopped (tail wagging) but repeated the growling and barking when we hugged again. Any advice is really helpful- we understand that she is stressed and anxious from the move, and want to do the best thing for her without allowing this continue. Especially because she is a strange dog to us (just for now!), we want to handle this in a way that's safe for us and her.Thanks!!!Brie Ps: pics of the otherwise lovely Nina to come later today!

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    Awwww! Ten years old! My first question: how in the WORLD can a family give up a family member after ten wonderful years? OK. Don't tell me. I don't want to know. I am sad though and I'm glad she's with you guys because you seem to care so much for her. Poor baby!

    Since it's impossible to know what this stems from, from her old life, I'd simply just disagree with the behavior, using as little sound as possible and as much energy as possible. You don't want to freak her out - she's adjusting - but when she does this, I'd say: Don't stop hugging, look at her disapprovingly and make a "no" sound (mine is "EHHH") and continue with the activity. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    With a gal this advanced in age, I would think there's a lot of things you'd put up with that you'd not accept from a younger dog. Hell, the old girl is 80 according to this website (http://www.calculatorcat.com/dogs/dog-years.phtml). I'd want to give her a break on everything myself - but I'm a super softie and I have two very naughty dogs.....

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    Thanks for the advice! Her family is moving out of the country and can't take her : ( It was so sad when we picked her up!! Of course, we already love her and so glad to have her. She's a real sweetheart!!

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    My male Shih Tzu growls sometimes when my husband and I hug. He's less than 2 years old and been with us since he was about 8 weeks old. It's not a vicious sounding growl, it almost seems 'playful', but I just assumed it was because he was jealous of my hubby touching me. He also used to growl at my hubby when he would play with the kids. He's much better now though. Me & the kids are home all day with the dogs so they are obviously much more bonded to us that my husband. I always assumed it was his way of looking after his people, as he saw my husband as more of an outsider. He works long hours & doesn't take as much time with the dogs as me. Maybe Nina has taken to one of you more than the other & she's being protective? Do you know anything about the family she came from? It's possible they may gave argued or fought a lot & made her very insecure about body language? Who knows.
    Maybe put her in the hug too, I'm sure she won't bark or growl then.

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    I can't help with this but wanted to say HI and !!! Glad you joined us and I'd love to see pix of your sweetheart. Enjoy the site.

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    Thanks everyone! I realize I maybe just had my first "new mom freak out'! We went to the park today and she seems very happy and healthy! Here she is!-377915_245918315461196_100001290880989_611865_1039708537_n-jpg

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    Are you sure it was a growl? Not a snore before a bark. Sounds like she doesn't want to be forgot about.
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    Welcome To you and Nina. Good for you fostering a senior! She looks good.

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    This was actually a game we played with Nitschke... we noticed when he was a pup that if we hugged or kissed, he started to 'whine/bark'... could be she wants that attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    This was actually a game we played with Nitschke... we noticed when he was a pup that if we hugged or kissed, he started to 'whine/bark'... could be she wants that attention.

    Yes, Jack likes to get in on the action too , sometimes he'll just bark and the next time he'll stand up for a hug too.
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    Hmmm... It also might be that she has poor eyesight??? She keeps growling and barking at Bob (my husband) when he's far away, but is very happy when he approaches.. Also, she seems to really dislike our housemate (also a guy) - she growls/ snarls at him when he is farther away, and did so when he was between her and my husband... Any tips on how to get her used to him? He seems to be fairly clueless with dogs and lacking that natural ease with them that many people seem to have.

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    The more time ya'll spend together, the better it will be. Housemate should know her eyesight is poor so he doesn't freak out when she barks. Being fearful of the barking will just add fuel to that fire!

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