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    We have a 2.5 year old poodle (dont think he's 100% poodle) and every once in a while it seems like he isn't the same dog.. he'll growl and bark like he's gonna attack you even if you put your hand so he can smell you, and he'll growl still even after he knows who it is. He does it to everyone in the family, and it's happening more often now. It seems to happen when it's a little darker in the room, or when he just wakes up.

    One day he was growling and licking my hand at the same time.

    Any idea what could be causing it?

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    Hmm...lots of thing could be causing it. The very first thing I would do is bring him to the vet and have a complete physical done. He could be in pain somewhere. I'd also get bloodwork done as well because thyroid can cause aggression. Once all that comes back clear, your dog will need to be put on a behavioral modification plan and also go through obedience training.

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    He went to obedience training when he was about 8 months old. Thanks for the ideas, I'll pass them along to my mom.

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    Sounds like he could benefit going again though. To a good trainer.

    But the growling, he could be in pain somewhere. You want to have that checked before he actually starts to bite people.

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    I knew someone who had a dog diagnosed with growling siezures. I know nothing about them, but it's worth looking into.

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    I would get his eyes looked at also, if you notice that he tends to growl when the lighting is dimmer.
    I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

    2+2= 7 on this bulletin board, and to argue about it is futile.

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: leafs93</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I would get his eyes looked at also, if you notice that he tends to growl when the lighting is dimmer. </div></div>

    But if you turn the lights on, he still growls. If you put your hand near him, he growls. He even sniffs and licks but still growls.


    We're getting him checked out soon. Thanks for all the information.

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    I hate to ask. But does anyone tease him,. while some one else is holding him, and now he is just reacting to all He either has issues going on that a vet needs to look at or he sound like he has been teased . now is doing it to everyone.

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