Most strangers don’t even ask if they could pet your dog, they simply bend over with their whole body and press their sweaty palms onto your dog’s head. That’s why I’d suggest you consult a behaviorist. With time, she stopped peeing, but now she growls when she is scared. Tucker seems completely fine otherwise. This is actually threatening behavior to a dog and might make him feel uncomfortable, which is why he's getting up and leaving. Circumstances and exact body language are very important in these cases. Most dogs enjoy those gentle massages and scratches and your dog is probably no exception. There’s nothing more frustrating than calling your dog over and over again, only to have him ignore you—or worse yet, if your dog runs away in the opposite direction. Aggression (not medically induced) isn’t something that happens overnight. How to fix it: Leadership should be build on trust and respect. He can react very nervous towards new stimuli and your touch could elevate his level of anxiety. That being said, a well-tempered and socialized dog shouldn’t perceive anyone as a threat when you, as the leader, introduce the person as a friend. I don’t recommend using any alpha training which, sadly, got closely affiliated with the word “pack leader”. If you believe that your bond could be improved then don’t read any further and fix your relationship first with my comprehensive bonding guide. Allude confidence. There are no quick fixes. Your dog may have forgotten you’re on the walk with him. She is now 5 years old. When I got ready for bed tonight my dog, Apollo, came right up and laid down next to me and my computer. I really needed to read it! Pain in the jaw or tooth can cause your dog to flinch away from your hand if you are reaching for their head or muzzle. Also, you can take him there and just desensitize him, meaning that he just visits without treatment (that includes being touched if he dislikes that). However I have had 2 incident… What you do: Get a helper to work with you. However, snapping is definitely not okay (as long as the kids didn’t do anything to provoke that reaction). By the time your dog is dragging a leash round you can again pick the end up and call your dog to go with you talking and encouraging him all the time for a few steps then drop the lead again. A dog pushes you when you give belly rubs, so it could just simply be a playful gesture your dog is exhibiting. Make sure to read his body language to avoid uncomfortable situations before they occur. I think I just have to not touch him unless he comes to me. Just don't pet him/her all the time or force him/her to sit there while you pet him/her. She was taken to the vet and after x Rays and medications, she was given a clean bill of health.2 days ago I noticed her back was very arched. Now when fear becomes persistent, it’s called a phobia. There were probably a lot of early clues that you could have picked up on and that could indicate a negative change. Or if you do none of the previously mentioned things, it could just be that he's had enough of your petting. She has been walking normal, still has an appetite, her feces are normal and she likes to still jump on the couch. Our dog climbs on the bed with us but gets off after about 15 mins - she'll stay up all day by herself though. Provide them with a comfortable and quiet place to rest. I would take her out for walks and, when people asked if they could pet her, especially kids, I made her sit down and had the child stand about 10 ft away, then I told them her name and said “if you call her and she comes, she’ll let you pet her”. 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