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Old 03-07-2018, 10:05 PM
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I have a lap guarder. Since I live alone, it only happens when I'm visiting others. He won't let other dogs near him or the person on whose lap he is sitting. His response is
1. throat rumble
2.growl
3. show teeth & look like crazy chi photo
4. air snap...

How do I decrease or eliminate this?
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Does he do this when he is sitting on YOUR lap, or does it matter?

If you are visiting, maybe bring a small crate/carrier along and put him in there to prevent problems.? That's what I would do. Guarding is very difficult to stop, and to my mind, prevention wins.
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He does it when he's sitting on other people's laps, too.
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I wouldn't let this kind of behavior happen. Prevention IS part of training. I would put him in a crate/carrier and PREVENT this happening.
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How can I let him know it's not acceptable, if he is prevented from getting in the situation?
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I'd let him out when he is calm. IF he starts with the growling etc I'd tell him NO and put him back in again for 3-4 minutes. Then start again. It may take a long time for him to get the message though. Lots of patience needed. If he is on someone elses lap They would have to do the same thing. Good luck
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I have a lap guarder. Since I live alone, it only happens when I'm visiting others. He won't let other dogs near him or the person on whose lap he is sitting. His response is

1. throat rumble

2.growl

3. show teeth & look like crazy chi photo

4. air snap...



How do I decrease or eliminate this?


Find a friend with a very solidly well behaved dog who can help and set up the situation.
When heís being quiet, reward that.
So it would look like this:
1) find the distance at which he wonít growl.
2) hit that bubble and give cheese or chicken (high value because this is a major behavior) when he doesnít growl
3) move the dog a tiny bit closer
4) if he doesnít growl give treat
5) move dog closer
6) if he doesnít growl give treat

If he growls step the other dog back and repeat. (Make sure the trigger dog also gets his own treats!)

You are rewarding good behavior. No growl = chicken. Growl = no chicken. I want chicken therefore I have to stay quiet and not growl.

This is a long process but Iíve found that once they learn that itís in their best interest to make you happy because they get chicken, they CHOOSE the correct behavior. It also gets you working with your dog and reinforces the bond between you. Dogs like making their humans happy.



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This is s condensed version of how it looks.
The key is to find their bubble.
https://youtu.be/Cmg-3QjAWKk


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