9 month old puppy was sleeping last night, and my husband likes to wake her up to annoy me (you know how moms always say never wake a sleeping baby) well he tried it last night, kinda lightly poked at her and said her name, just to be silly. she woke up and snapped at him. i immediately corrected her, and she licked her lips and went right back to sleep. is this something to worry about, or just a case of puppy not being a "morning person"? she has never snapped or growled over any other situation.
She was just let him know not to bug her. She wasn't ready to get up.
That is why they tell you not to let children mess with dogs that are sleeping or eating.
Those are the reasons most kids get bit. The dog is sleeping and doesn't know it is the child just knows they are being bugged and don't want to be. Or they were in a dream chasing a rabbit or something may alpha of their own pack and someone pokes them they put it together with the dream and bam someone gets bite.
The food thing is they are usually just tring to protect it from something else.
I wouldn't have gotten after the puppy I would have gotten after the hubby. And told him see that is what happens when you wake a sleeping dog serves you right for trying to annoy me.
LOL, oh dont worry, husband got corrected too. he loves to do that to her and i have warned him before. i know she is grouchy when she wakes up, i mean, i dont like to be woken up either, and i tend to yell when rudely brought out of sleep. but the fact that she snapped kinda scared me. just wanted to make sure it wasnt a sign of something worse to come.
OMG guys, are you serious, no dog in perfectly good health, is it ok to snap at people just because they were sleeping. I would be wakeing the dog up more and more, and treating it when you do, so he expects something good to happen, and gets used to being woken up and touched. But you shouldn't be punishing the dog for something like that, Or he WILL snap, cause theres a bad association, And the dog may not feel that hes lower in rank.I hope the dog is in a training class. God forbid a small child comes along and touches the dog.
ok, now im confused. the dog is a pug mix, and she IS in training class. my trainer told us that if a dog ever snaps or growls, always correct, dont back away like you are scared, or it reinforces that behavior to the dog, that it can get what it wants, and boss you by doing that. so thats what i did. i dont know that i agree that you dont correct..... but i like the suggestion about frequently waking up the dog to a treat, to teach it that i can do that if i want. maybe i will work on that. she is completely lovable in every other way, very submissive baby.
Personally, I don't understand why you would even WANT to keep waking up a dog that is sleeping? What is the purpose? Do you do this to your kids, too? Just to see if they get irritable? Maybe you should try waking your husband up several times during the night just to see what HE does.
no, i dont have kids, but that is kinda the point of waking up the dog. if i do have kids, or if kids are at my house playing, which is frequent, and the dog is asleep, she cant think its ok to snap if someone who ccidently wakes her up. so the point would be to teach her that if she accidently gets woken up, its ok, but its NOT ok to snap at someone for it. its one thing if its my husband, but if we have company or she is at the "baby-sitters" she cant engage in that behavior.
Why don't you keep him in his crate where he will not be disturbed by anyone while he is sleeping? I don't think constantly waking the dog when he is sleeping is going to teach him anything-it's just going to make it worse.
we dont crate her. i did at the beginning, for the main puppy stage, but not anymore. we have an older dog who was never crated, and i cant crate one and not the other. im a sucker, i know, but it works for us.
Dogs will wake up from a deep sleep and some will snap when startled. How many of us have seen our dogs errupt from sleep barking and roaring with their hackles up. Once their mind catches up with their body they calm down.
I truly think that a lot of behavior problems are of our own creation. Like the person who has a toddler that pulls on the dogs ears, brags to everyone-"oh, he's such a good dog. Jr pulls his ears and his fur and he never does a thing." Then one day, the dog snaps. All of a sudden, it's, "we can't have a mean dog here-we have to protect our kids." Well, what about your responsibility to protect your dog? Then they say, "well, my kid is only 2 years old-he's too young to understand." You can teach your kid not to touch a hot stove, can't you?
I still think that constantly waking a dog is just going to create a nervous dog. You aren't solving the problem-you are making it worse. I can't remember ever even having to wake Maggie. When we get up and get ready for work, she wakes up herself. We don't go pushing and shoving to wake her up. I think you are creating your own problem and the dog is made to suffer for it.
The question is what is your version of correction. If a dog snaps at you for what ever reason, and you jerk, smack or what ever, this just confirms his reason to protect itself, by snapping. Saying "NO!" and pointing your finger is useless, dog doesn't know what no means. If your wakeing the dog up and hes being treated, on a regular basis, this is a good association, and snapping would fade off. And you wouldn't make the situation worse.
I don't know what the right answer is, but I don't see why you should subject your dog to be in an area that it would be woke up.
You need to train hubby to leave a laying dog sleep. It is an old fabel he should have learned in preschool.
Then you need to train your dog to sleep in its bed where it won't be disterbured. Especally if you do have company.
I know my dogs won't snap at my kids if there were to wake them up. They might growl at them but they wouldn't snap. But I still don't let my kids mess with them when they are sleeping. To me it is very rude for them to wake them up.
As for what was said about them not knowing what no or don't mean they know it. You tell them those words from the day they enter your home. If its no no we don't chew that, no no we potty outside, no no we don't go in there, ect ect.............
But in all things you must do and find what works for you. For no one thing will work for everyone.