8 year old suddenly very grouchy

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Hey..so I have an 8 year old who’s never growled in his life…we moved last year and had a baby so a lot of changes for him…hes not a huge fan of the baby but he’s generally pretty good with her…lately my wife and I have been laying on couch with the dog and he does a low growl at us if we start to snuggle with him…Wel move away and hel give us paw to come back but then will tense up and do a low growl again ..any ideas why this is suddenly happening?
 

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He may be guarding one of the 2 of you. Does he do this when there is only one of you on the couch with him? If he's guarding you then that problem needs to be addressed right away or it can spiral out of control quickly. He may be assuming an alpha role in your family. It may come to not allowing him on equal ground with the pack leader(you or/and your wife)...and he definitely needs to be 3rd on the totem pole. That would mean no more sharing the couch with you...or ANY furniture...especially your bed.
 
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He may be guarding one of the 2 of you. Does he do this when there is only one of you on the couch with him? If he's guarding you then that problem needs to be addressed right away or it can spiral out of control quickly. He may be assuming an alpha role in your family. It may come to not allowing him on equal ground with the pack leader(you or/and your wife)...and he definitely needs to be 3rd on the totem pole. That would mean no more sharing the couch with you...or ANY furniture...especially your bed.
Hel do it with both of us on the couch or 1 of us…the wife gets worried and steps back..i just get in there more and he starts licking my face cus I know he won’t bite me..im thinking he’s lashing out at the less attention due to the new baby?( who he has growled at her too for crawling up to him which I wont let happen again..but at the same time hel wag his tail and lick her so he’s hot n cold lately)
 

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Agree with Chip... reset the boundaries and make sure he knows you are alpha. As does your wife, he has to know you are his leaders so he falls back in line of the pack.
 

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Hel do it with both of us on the couch or 1 of us…the wife gets worried and steps back..i just get in there more and he starts licking my face
Over the years, we have experienced this before with a few of our dogs. If any dog ever growls at us for any reason...off the couch or out of the chair they go until they learn that growling will not be tolerated. I would guess that this behavior will get worse if allowed to continue without correction. At the first hint of a growl(a growl is intended to promote/provoke a reaction)push the dog away and off the furniture. Surprise them and yell "NO"!
 
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Thats what the wife says to do…online stuff says to never yell at the dog for growling because then hel go straight to biting and that it’s a good thing your dog growled to let you know he’s not comfortable..I’ll start trying to disciplining him though cus we can’t just let him go around growling on occasion for no good reason
 

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I never allowed ANY dog of mine to growl at me-or each other! That's a no-no. Never let your dog growl at the baby.
 
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So I just scolded him and kicked him off the couch. Il let him back on later.. anyone have any ideas on why he’s doing this?
 

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So I just scolded him and kicked him off the couch. Il let him back on later.. anyone have any ideas on why he’s doing this?
I think your dog smells the baby all over you & lost his place. Just make sure you never leave the baby n him alone. You might want to take a baby blanket n let Watson sleep with it. Might help him come around with the smell.
 

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Does this happen at any particular time of day? As he is an older dog, Sundowners (doggy dementia) came to mind. Any other different behavior than normal?
 
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Does this happen at any particular time of day? As he is an older dog, Sundowners (doggy dementia) came to mind. Any other different behavior than normal?
Mostly at night but thats the time we all wind down and watch tv before bed
 

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I”ve pretty much got this same going on right now. I have a hand fed, very tame, but in demand of my attention 24/7 Cockatoo Parrot who is flighted, so she travels whenever and wherever she wants, only caged when I’m not at home, or during her sleep times. I also have Rocky, who is my 12 yr old senior Bully. The Cockatoo receives sunflower seeds as treats, and when Rocky sees that, he immediately jumps on the couch beside me, and growls a low growl, which turns into a soft bark, then louder until he gets treats. Treating either as a 50/50 part of the family is not working, The parrot needs at least 2 hours a day minimal time out of the cage, and Rocky doesn’t like it at all. This behavior just started recently, and since she can fly to me all over the house, he is not liking it. It has been a real challenge working out a happy medium between the two. I’ve had the parrot (Zoey) for 4 years, since she was weaned, and my Bully for 12, but the older Rocky gets, the less patient he is with her, and her constant need of attention. So basically I have no solution for you, but it’s not just your Bully. The reset might fix this… i’ll be following to learn.
 
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I’ve been thinking..the vet and myself believe he has some arthritis due to pretty bad limping after physical activity…so he gave us some pain relievers that could be used every day or as needed…i haven’t given them to him yet because he hasn’t been limping but maybe he’s in some everyday pain which makes him not really want us to touch him at night
 

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I’ve been thinking..the vet and myself believe he has some arthritis due to pretty bad limping after physical activity…so he gave us some pain relievers that could be used every day or as needed…i haven’t given them to him yet because he hasn’t been limping but maybe he’s in some everyday pain which makes him not really want us to touch him at night
Yes, it could definitely be from pain. Keep us posted
 

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another thing you can have the vet check is his thyroid.
 

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