I own a 12 week old Maremma Sheepdog, I’ve had her for two weeks now. My sweet girl had her second round of vaccinations today and growled at the vet and even snapped. She had just come out of the car which she absolutely hates; it makes her very anxious as she drools and vomits from car sickness. The moment we got out of the car, I took her straight to vet, which she didn’t seem so pleased about.
I did a lot of reading up on this breed and was prepared to take on the responsibility. I understand they're farm dogs; she is a house dog right now but is always getting the exercise and mental stimulation needed. She is well loved, and I’ve trained her so far to sit, shake, lie down and to go to bed. She is crate trained and does very well in it.
Last week, my cousin and his partner walked into the house and she growled at them. None of us family members were around her at the time as we were upstairs. Once they said hello to her she greeted them with the wagging tail and bum, and was all sweet and friendly. I understand they are a wary breed and need the “thumbs up” I guess from their owners when meeting new strangers. Will puppy class help her be able to mix and mingle with people a lot more? Or even taking her out to new places to see new people when she’s fully vaccinated so she can not feel as terrified?
I would bring treats with me if anything, she has never growled at me and loves kids. She prefers women more than men, but loves children and has never seen them as a threat. My 7 year old son adores her and every morning when we wake up, she’s the happiest when with him. She really has such a sweet nature, but can be wary of strangers--which I understand as that is her breed.
But is this growling behavior out of fear? I feel it is. New places and people scare her. She’s such a good girl at home, but I don’t want her to be biting or growling at strangers.