hes five years old neutered and we got him from one of those rescue things online.hes just started like growling when people pick him up and runs away whenever i try to pet him or anything. hes never done this before. WHY?!
we have had him since he was one this is all new
oh and he went to the vet a few days ago and he said nothing was wrong and hes tarted like two weeks ago
You say he growls when people pick him up? How many people are being allowed to pick him up and how often? I imagine that constantly being picked up and touched when you don't want to be could be extremely irritating. If there are too many people trying to pick him up, it may be overwhelming to him ,maybe cut back on that and have it just be you that picks him up, if at all.
Do you know if he ever fell out of someones arms when they were holding him? These are VERY smart little dogs, and almost falling out of someones arms would be enough to make them never want to be held again. I would say make sure when you go to pick him up, do it slowly so he feels very secure.
Not knowing him it is hard to say why he is doing this but there is ALWAYS a reason for a behavior. Especially if it that behavior just started. It is our job as pet parents to figure out what that is..
I would take him to another vet to be looked over just to be sure everything is ok. Dogs tend to not want to be touched if they are hurt in some way, it could even be a toothache! How are his teeth?
Westie fur tangles and will become very painful for them if not taken care of. If his fur tangled up under his belly or anywhere and you go to brush it, it will HURT. If the brush gets stuck when you go to pull it through, his fur is tangled! That really hurts and should be cut out and not pulled by a brush. Just trying to find reasons why he could be doing this.
And as far as the westies are mean comments, Westies are not "mean" they are independent and very happy go lucky little dogs as long as they do not feel threatened or in pain.