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Dog growling at dog walker

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Christy053, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Christy053

    Christy053 PetForums Newbie

    Apr 30, 2018
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    5 yo rescue SBT bitch (rescued in Dec 2018).

    Our previous dog walker had just been sacked as we caught her on the security camera not turning up and lying about walking our dog. Our dog has the run of the house during the day but tends to stay upstairs asleep. When the dog walker came she said she would growl when coming down the stairs even before she saw her, and would then growl and even tried to nip her once when putting the harness on. The dog walker then used a slip lead instead which I have recommend to our new dog walker.
    We have a new dog walker starting tomorrow she came today to meet us and our dog was very loving sat with her on the sofa and had her tummy tickled etc she really can be the softest dog. I’m hoping she doesn’t growl and gets on much better with this new lady however if her behaviour is the same does anyone have any tips?

    Thank you
  2. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

    Mar 5, 2014
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    This is a difficult one because, even though your dog is ok with a visitor while you’re there, once she’s alone in the house it’s a very different scenario from her point of view.

    If there are issues with the new walker then perhaps it might be possible for her to visit a few more times while you’re there, so that your dog better accepts her.
  3. Teddy-dog

    Teddy-dog PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2017
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    I echo the above. Hopefully your dog will get on fine with your new walker but if there are any issues then maybe the walker can do a few visits before they start walking so your dog can build a bond with them :)
  4. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums Member

    Oct 27, 2018
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    I think you can only wait and see. Best scenrio(?) is that - given the apparent untrustworthiness of your previous walker - the dog took against the last walker for some reason and your new one will be worth her salt. You can only really wait and see. A decent dog walker should (a) have the temperament to deal with the dog and establish the necessary trust; and (b) if it doesn't work for some reason, to have the gumption to come up with a plan with you to make things better. Good luck, though!
  5. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    Going for a walk together should help too. Then you could see how the dog responds to the walker in terms of recall (on a long line at first if you will be allowing the walker to let the dog off lead), and how the walker is with the dog in a wider context.
    Linda Weasel and Lurcherlad like this.
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