Our Shih Tzu/Lhaso Apso X is now 7 months old. He's just been neutered a couple of weeks ago but this is a problem that has been going on for a while now and hopefully someone can give me some guidance.
Buddy is a very sweet natured dog, full of love and kisses and tail wagging constantly. He loves to play, is never rough and in a nutshell is a wonderful member of our family. He has been to puppy education classes and did very well in getting along with dogs and humans.
The problem is when we are out for walks and he sees a stranger approaching he starts to growl. I tell him to quiet and sit but he strains at the leash and continues to growl. More often than not the 'stranger' will stop and talk to him and it's wags and kisses all around.
Yesterday tho, my friend came over and Buddy growled at her as well. The body language is friendly and approachable, head up, tail and bum wagging and kisses galore.
I worry about the growling part, and want to know if this is a trait common to certain breeds and how can I make him understand that growling at humans is not to be tolerated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this lenghty letter but I hope there will be some suggestions out there for us.