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Old 12-28-2006, 03:18 PM
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Ok well this morning the first big issue came about....

She was in with me last night after my mom and Bear went to bed and Monte, Holly (foster), and I all fell asleep...Well this morning my Aunt (Holly knows her) came to pick up my mom and came upstairs to see Holly and take her outside to see if she had to potty (shes weewee pad trained, we're working on going potty outside) well Holly leap up stood on my chest and was growling and snarling...she wouldnt calm down till my aunt was completely out of sight, then she laid back down next to me and a while later when my mom tried coming in and she began snarling and was ready to jump up again.

I knew a different dog who would guard who they slept with now matter who it was and this reminded me of that. Now my question is...how do I correct this if it continues? My Aunt is great with dogs so she knew better then to push the issue to far but someone who is unaware wouldnt know that. I could touch her during this and she was focused on the "intruder". After she calmed down and I brought her down stairs she was timid as always but happy to see everyone.

I've dealt with other aggression in all shapes and sizes in dogs working in the shelter but this is a new one for me. My first thing is dont let her in the bed but I know who ever adopts her is going to have her in there bed most likely...no matter what anyone says to them (experience tells me this) (tell them the dog is possessive over Pig Ears and only Pigs Ears. Dog comes back because it growled at them, what did the dog have? a Pigs ear)

So any advice is welcome!! I have contacted the trainer at the shelter I'm fostering her from also. But I know how busy they are and want to address this as soon as possible.

And all of you always have such wonderful advice and experience.
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:28 PM
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You have to let her know that what she is doing is unacceptable behavior.
While she's barking and carrying on get her attention and tell her NO. Make her sit and be quiet. You may have to grab her and turn her so she can't see the person comming in the room to get her attention. It's best to catch her before she gets to that stage though. If you hear someone comming, make her sit and stay. If she moves correct her. This does take time, but keep being consistant with it and she'll get the message.

The pigs ear, you are going to have to teach her the "leave it" command. Make her drop it at random times and don't let her pick it up until you tell her to. This also takes time, practice, practice, practice.
The only other thing you can do is not give her the pigs ears.
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My first thought was, "Oh, she has decided YOU'RE it". I mean, she was, in her doggie way, protecting YOU, whom she loves. It's sweet but of course, not acceptable.

I know I always bring up the can of coins, but it is a very good STRONG "No". Have it handy and shake it for an unacceptable growl. I use it for unacceptable barking. Now, if I just reach for it, Dolly hushes. It can be too scary for timid dogs, so use your judgement.

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thanks for the advice...its what i was thinking but wanted to make sure. as for the pigs ear thing, i was just using it as a example. she doesnt do that...hehe.

today she had some boiled chicken and let me take her bowl and stick my hand in it...no reaction. my golden growled at her to say i dont want you near that and she just backed away.

she even went pee outside today 3 times! she started to show signs of wanting to play!

thanks again for the advice...we will try it tomorrow morning
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I know I always bring up the can of coins, but it is a very good STRONG "No". Have it handy and shake it for an unacceptable growl. I use it for unacceptable barking. Now, if I just reach for it, Dolly hushes. It can be too scary for timid dogs, so use your judgement.

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LOL dolly'sgrandma! My dogs just looked at me with a look that said will you stop making that dumb noise and then went on with what they were doing when I tried the can of coins. I've found that a squirt bottle does best with these guys. They hate it and head for higher ground.
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It sounds like she's resource guarding...and you're the resource. I think her behavior stems from fear and insecurity, so she needs to be shown that you are in charge (in a good way) and that she doesn't need to worry.

I think a can of coins can have its uses, but in this case, I honestly don't think it's going to solve the underlying problem, which is what really needs to be addressed. I would think it would only make her more scared and insecure, if anything, instead of becoming a happy, well-adjusted dog.

I think you should read Deborah Wood's book, "Little Dogs: Training Your Pint-Sized Companion." Also be sure and recommend it to whoever adopts this dog. I know I have recommended her books before, but I really think they're great for a lot of small dog owners whose dogs have issues.

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thanks so much i'll check out that book...

she is definatly insecure. we're working on it and on some of her fears, one by one....slowly... haha!

i think she is going to make someone a great companion just need to find that someone that is willing to work with her. She has no time limit on being at my house as a foster, so as long as it takes to find the perfect person!
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This might not work but I've heard that using treats and rewards with fear aggression or shy dogs works wonders. What happens if the person in the room just stands there looking away and not moving until she gets bored and stops barking? Does she stop or does she keep acting up? It's hard to train a dog that's a rescue in a way because you don't know their true past so you're sort of limited with training techniques. I know I can get my chis to do just about anything for a treat lol. A few times of "Oh she's brining me something yummy" might turn this negative behavior into something positive. The squirt bottle might work too but I would have the closest person to her do it. For some reason my dogs don't respond to anyone disciplining them except me. They like to make me happy lol
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