Springer growling when my teen and her friends go into the kitchen where he sleeps
our almost 6 year old Springer spaniel just started this behavior this past few days. My 15 year old daughter had a friend over 2 nights ago and they went into the kitchen around 11pm and our dog started growling at them - he sleeps in the kitchen - it's a fairly large area and we block the area with a baby gate - have always done this since he was little, and he actually was in a crate in the kitchen for his first 2 years. Tonight my daughter had another friend over and they went into the kitchen around 11 to get a snack, and her friend reached out to our dog and he growled and then snapped at her hand. It was such a surprise because this dog loves people - he will love on anyone that comes through the door. I am wondering if it is a "I was sleeping/ half asleep and you surprised me" or "this is my night-time territory" thing. We were so disturbed by it, I had my 19 year old son pick up the dog and take him outside. Then we brought him in a few minutes later, made him sit and brought my daughter next to him and he was submissive, put out his paw, then had her friend come stand by my daughter - I took the dog's paw then had her friend hold the dog's paw with me and he was fine, ears low, submissive, no growling or aggressive behavior. This is 2 nights in a row though that he has had this low growling, and then the snapping tonight. I know I should take him to the vet to make sure there is nothing else going on, and don't want to make excuses for his behavior either. Was he just surprised by my daughter's friend because he was half asleep?
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