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16 January 2006 @ 08:07 pm

Everyone was really helpful last time, so I thought I'd post about some more of Gir's quirks. I am not his first owner, he belonged to an older couple for a few years before they brought him to my mom (vet) and asked her if she wanted him. They didn't say if there was anything wrong with him (how could you throw out such a precious little puppy?!) but we took him anyway. I have a feeling he might have been abused by the husband, because the wife mentioned that he didn't like the dog much. 

Gir is a very nervous animal who doesn't trust many people. I say he might have been abused because he seems very wary about people picking him up or pretty much touching him in any way. He especially hates it if you get close to his face, as if he thinks you're going to bite his throat or something. Perhaps it wasn't entirely human abuse, maybe he got into a traumatic fight with another dog? who knows.

Anyway...he loves and trusts me the most because I'm his mommay, but he even growls at me some of the time when I go to pet him or cuddle/kiss him. Anybody have thoughts on my retarded doggy? :P

I am feeling: artisticartistic
fairweathrsmile on January 17th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like he wasn't properly socialized to me. My best friend's dog wasn't abused but he was left in a crate for most of his puppyhood and your description of your doggie sounds exactly like him. He hates when people come close to his face or if someone pulls him toward them to kiss/cuddle him. Try dogtrainers for more experienced advice :)
fairweathrsmile on January 17th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh and FYI- my friend got him when he was 2. She wouldn't ever leave a puppy in a crate its whole life!
ticklethedragon on January 17th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Same here, I got mine when he was 2 as well. it might have been a combo of isolation/abuse or something. poor baby. He's spoiled like a fat cow now though! and thanks to everybody for your thoughts :)
Rory and Charleyseethewizard on January 17th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Can you approach him gradually with a small treat, feeding him a little bit every time he gets closer and closer? I'd try doing that for a while, without trying to pet or kiss him. Each time, make him come a little nearer for the treat. Get him used to your being close. Then reward him when he lets you pet his back, then pet a little closer to the head each time.

Sounds like he did have some traumatic event when a human or animal got close to him, and he has a defense mechanism of growling to make sure it doesn't happen again.
ticklethedragon on January 17th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
Lol..I just went to pet him and he growled a little at first, then I gave him some kisses and he started purring ;) he's off to suck his pillow now. I'm off to watch the Globes-they're boring like wow, but I have nothing better to do. Besides vacuum. Hah.
betti diamondstarylala on January 17th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
My grandmother used to have this Boston Terrier named Trouble. She would bite anyone who tried to pick her up. She was real cute, but her interactions with people were DEFINITELY on her term only. A bit of a bitch (in more ways than one!!) really, but we still loved her.
Sheri: lookingatmarilyn by _ikonerbooksaremyhabit on January 17th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
sounds like her name fit her LOL
Sheri: books by enrianabooksaremyhabit on January 17th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Just slowly get him used to you being in his space, when he's sleepy and lying down lay with him and play with different parts of his body, like his feet, nails, ears etc working up to kissing his face and stuff.
Do you ever watch The Dog Whisperer? he's really good, you might see similiar situations on the show.
ccfs on January 17th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Have you looked into PTSD? (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) There have been instances where pets suffer PTSD after a traumatic event or situation. It is worth looking into this.

hergurl on January 17th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Lots of treats!!!!