|Barked: Tue Dec 27, '11 2:57pm PST |
|I really need some advice on Baby's resource guarding, I don't know how to deal with it and after hearing many different opinions I'm just confused and everyone in the house is starting to get annoyed and frustrated with her, while I'm trying to be patient with her, but now I'm starting to feel a little frustrated myself.
Once I have some advice I'm sure I can try to deal with this on my own and try to explain to the family what will be best for the situtation and everything.
Some people may reccomend a behaviorist, but they're really expensive and I doubt my parents will be up to it or even consider it.
Shortly after acquiring Baby she started displaying resource guarding issues. My parents are "old school" when it comes to dealing with dogs and haven't handled the situation as well as they could. At the time I was also younger and had no clue how to deal with dogs and I didn't even know of clicker or positive reinforcement training.
This is going to be pretty long and I'm going to try to give as much detail as I can.
Her behavior toward Chewy:
Her behavior toward Chewy is the most intense.
If Chewy has a toy she follows him around while giving him a hard stare with her ears pinned forward. Once she's close to him she will stand under him with her ears bck, hackles raised, and her tail twitches.
Chewy just ignores her and walks away from her, but she will continue to follow him and do that until he drops the toy or whatever he has. If he doesn't drop it quick enough she'll lunge for his face and try to snap at his chin.
If he comes into the kitchen she'll follow him around growling and try to block him off from certain areas.
If Chewy tries to come in a room she will growl and the growling will get louder and louder until she finally barks really loud and rushes at him. (That's what she does when she's on a bed)
If she's on the floor she'll walk over and block him from coming into the room.
If Chewy is licking his own food dish she'll stand there and growl and get louder until he backs off.
If Chewy comes anywhere near a bed or couch she goes berzerk. She'll snarl and get louder and louder.
Behavior toward Snoopy:
Snoopy gives Baby her space and Baby really doesnt bother him. She gives him his space and shares toys with him.
She's also known him since he was six weeks old so that may be why.
When she's outside of our home she is almost perfect. She listens she's people friendly and she plays very nicely with other dogs.
When Baby was playing with my cousins dog he had a ball and she ran to him pushed him away with her but and took the ball and everytime he tried to fetch it she would growl and snatch the ball before he could, but she didn't do anything else to him and I told my cousin to put the ball away because I didn't want the situation to escalate.
We do step in when she is behaving negatively but we don't know how to completely deal with it..I know not to punish the growling or warnings because eventually she'll skip the warnings all together and just bite.
Some people have told us to put her in a crate, but all she does is cry and then growl from the crate.
If you had/have a dog with resource guarding issues how did/do you manage it. What kind of routine did you get into them with and such?
I've also read it may be a good idea to switch everything around such as feeding areas and everything so she can't establish a "territory."
Thanks for your advice/help.
I'll try to give more info when I can and clear anything up that may confuse anyone when I have time, but my Grandparents just got here.
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