How to stop sleepy aggression??

My dog Ellie is very sweet, but when she's tired she becomes a beastie. She becomes extremely aggressive towards our other dogs when she's tired or asleep. So much so that she jumps up snapping whenever they so much as walk by. I don't know how to get her to stop, and it happens almost every night. Any suggestions? Is it a territory issue?

Asked by Member 1140392 on Nov 12th 2012 Tagged aggression, sleep, territory in Aggression
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No one likes to be bothered when they are tired. Have you used a crate? I would recommend giving Ellie a "safe" spot to go when she is tired. Make it nice and comfy and praise and treat her for going to the crate to sleep.

Angie answered on 11/13/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I agree with the suggestion that your dog needs a crate, preferably one of the plastic ones (as opposed to the metal kind, which is more cage-like and less den-like) which you should put in a room which is dark, quiet, and away from the normal activity of your household. At the time of day when your dog becomes sleepy/aggressive, put her in the crate so she can rest without being disturbed. Eventually she should begin to see this as her "safe rest" place and go to it by herself when she needs to "get away". Things to remember:

1) Try to put her in her crate BEFORE she becomes aggressive, but after she becomes sleepy. This is to avoid her thinking of the crate as a punishment, and start associating it as a good place for a nap.
2) Don't allow other dogs to go in her crate, as aggressive dogs tend to be territorial and she should think of this place as "hers".
3) Consider taking her to the vet, especially if this is a new behavior. A sick or injured dog will try to appear normal.

Leo answered on 11/14/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer