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Insanely overprotective of the house

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Nat Ursula, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    is there anything we can do to help with this?
     
  2. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Who is the culprit and what are the circumstances :) ?
     
  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    teddy...nobody is welcome at our house. he lunges and growls. he doesnt try to bust out of his crate, but it is pretty extreme.
     
  4. GK1

    GK1 Puppy

    I like this protectiveness in a dog. But ideally should only be displayed when told to. He may be taking the leader’s role over from you and feels he has to protect the pack and den himself from strangers. You will have to train him to diffuse when you say it’s okay. Or at least keep him controlled.
     
  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    yes, clearly at some point in time he decided that his role is to protect me and Tonka. my husband says that when he walks him alone he is way more laid back than when we are there. when i let him out of his crate after my guest leaves, he lands on my front security door like a human fly! very unsettling to say the least.
     
  6. Kfly

    Kfly Puppy

    My year and a half old recently spayed rescue is likely this, and given the chance, she will bite. When people come over she's kenneled in the other room but barks and every time she spies our guests.
    I don't know how to help her get past this-she is a sweet and loving dog in our family. Any suggestions? I've had a hard time getting trainers to call me back.
    Were you able to find something that helped?
     
  7. oldman

    oldman Puppy

    One of my females became very aggressive when she was 6 months old. She would attack any person besides myself and my wife. We kept her in our side yard where she could see into our den through the windows. Several times she broke through the window when someone visiting us would stand up before I stood up.
    Be very careful with a dog like that. Be sure other people know about the dog and always have a breaking stick handy.
     
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    i have a trainer who is going to come over soon.
     
  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    thanks. i have to crate him because he is calmest that way. he will calm down in his crate during the visit, but then if the person gets up from the table oe something , hr gets aggitated again. i have to fully cover his crate with a blanket too. if i give him a frozen kong he will eat it and then growl, etc. when he is done. so far he will still go in the crate for me if the doorbell rings. if im expecting someone i always put him in there and they text when they pull up to the house.
     
  10. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    To be frank, I would be concerned and would go beyond trainer to retaining a behaviorist … something must have changed for Teddy to cause this - and it could be something not easily discernible to us mere humans :)
     
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  11. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    ibguess i could look into this. i think it is $450-499 for the first appt. though.
     
  12. oldman

    oldman Puppy

    It could be several different things that cause him to act this way. He could just be an aggressive dog. He could have been mistreated by someone. He could be very protective about his family.
    Some dogs can be changed if the reason for the problem is ever found. Many times the real reason is never found out. It is very hard to look back and see what has happened in the past.
    In the case of my dog, she was just a very aggressive dog.
    If you have someone who comes over and tells you they have found the reason and can stop it be very suspicious. You already know you have an aggressive dog. Just because someone tells you they can change it does not mean they can and it will never come back. Personally I would never let the dog around any company coming to my house.
     
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  13. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    he wasnt like this before he bonded with us, so i think the closer and more secure he feels with us the worse this has gotten. he did react right away to Jehovahs witnesses who knocked (they dont come anymore) on our door all the time when we first got him. he probably did pick up on how much that annoys me.

    the heating and air conditioning guy was staring at him in his crate and that got him really upset.
     
  14. oldman

    oldman Puppy

    Most dogs will not show their true feelings until they get comfortable. Some will change completely.
    There are some pit bulls that take it as a challenge if anyone staring at them. That is a trick some people use when in a dog show. An easy way to get a dog thrown out of the ring without anyone noticing.
     
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  15. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    the Trainer came by today. it was the 4th trainer that we've hired since getting Teddy in Jan. of 2017. he met him at our Vets office a couple of months agp. anyways, that usually doesnt matter because he flips out when anyone comes over. the trainer arrived early and the dogs were outside. i let him in and he went to the patio door and they were both barking. he got Tonka to settle down pretty quickly and let her in. then he waited a min. or so and let Teddy in. he barked and growled and ran around the house. his ears were flat. the trainer tried to get him to sit but he was too afraid. he gave him treats and talked to him until he was calm enough to do a sit. he worked with them for about 1 1/2 hrs. teddy was afraid the whole time, but he did follow commands and take the food.
     
  16. oldman

    oldman Puppy

    Sounds like fear aggression. Usually easy to get them out of it unless they were not socialized at all during their first few months.
     
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  17. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    thanks, yes, we dont know what his life was like before we got him.
     
  18. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    You do know, he was in the slammer for a long period of time.
    From what I’m reading this behaviour can be fixed or returned to what it was. What is he like with ppl when away from your property?
     
  19. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I have taken him to three different Vets. And he was very friendly and trusting of men and women who were caring for him. He lets very friendly adults and kids pet him while out on walks. He is fearful so we have to be careful that kids don't run up to us to pet the dogs, etc. he is very afraid of people who are unsure about him, etc. my neighbor has arthritis and is a little afraid of him, and he doesn't move smoothly, and Teddy wasn't comfortable letting him pet him. He has also growled at two others who tried to pet him and Tonka. I felt he was jealous of Tonka getting attention. My husband doesn't know if that is what it was? My mom wears very dark sunglasses, and is afraid of him, and he is very afraid of her.
     
  20. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I was hesitant to post in this thread but.........
    IF this dog has fear aggression and you cannot fix it, you are dealing with a ticking time bomb.
     

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