We have a 13 week old border collie x cattle dog that has had a bit of a rough time recently- he was diagnosed with inflammatory meningitis (likely steroid responsive) and so we're very relieved his health seems to be improving... However he now has a habit of growling and barking at us in quite an aggressive manner (didn't do this prior to steroids). I understand that, like in people, steroids can alter their mood/personality a little bit. My question is how do we get him out of the habit of doing this? It's definitely not something we want to let slide. It happens at odd times, he just suddenly turns and will start growling, but is often still very affectionate.
Does anyone have any idea what we can do to try and discourage this behaviour? We don't know how long he will be on the steroids so can't really rely on it disappearing when he gets off them.
Very appreciate of any ideas or hints!
Thanks - Annie