Q. My dog is 9 years old.She's starting to get annoyed by my grandsons.She's starting to growl at them and don't want them to come near hear her
A. As dogs become older they may begin to have behavioral changes. This is because their senses are starting to weaken. They may begin to have difficulty hearing or seeing, because of this they can start to feel nervous and we very wary of their surroundings. They are easier to scare and startle. Pain and discomfort can also be displayed as growling because she may not want to be touched. As always children should be monitored when interacting with dogs. If she is unhappy with their presence then it is highly recommended to remove her from the situation. Make her a comfy place to rest while they visit and keep them separated. This is the best way to prevent any serious confrontation.