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Old 08-25-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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let me start off saying back about 6 months ago, my two females got into a fight over some babies...gidget tore open lil girls mouth and lil girl damaged gidgets eye permanently.

me and gidget have become really close, i was devasted when she got hurt and cried for days...and we are just close buddys now, if i get the chance to run to the store alone i take her, i take her to my parents occassionally and her and teddy now sleep in the bed (lil girl sleeps under the bed)

well about a month ago early one morning my husband leaned over and popped me on the hiney to say see ya tonight..well gidget and teddy kind of attacked him a little...growling and barking and she actually bit him a little..i thought it was funny at the time she is my little protector..i even posted a thread about it..well she stayed mad about it for 2 weeks i guess because any time he leaned over me on the bed she was get upset making nosies and snipping a little at him..she has this high pitch bark/cry she does..but she is loving towards him any time before that and after he lays down...well things cleared up, then me and my husband were playing in the kitchen and i guess she thought he was being mean or something and she was tearing up his leg..but she never really hurts him...no breaking skin at all....so she was mad at him again this week.

well i wasnt really concerned until this morning, my son whose almost 5 came to me on the sofa to hug me and say good morning..she was laying next to me on the sofa..when he came towards me she got in the middle and was snapping and barkin at him...i told her stop and pushed her away

any ideas whats going on...im guessing we bonded really closely and she is taking it to extreme? what things can i try to make her feel more comfortable around people coming towards me?

its all been within the last month that she has changed up like this..we got teddy in june..but she seems to like him alot..they cuddle and play together all the time (gidget is 3 and teddy is 6 mo) but they do get jealous of each other but never in a rough way do they express it..just trying to get to me first and pushing each other down =)
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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She is doing noraml dog speak but over the top.

What she is doing is splitting you up.
No dogs hug other dogs or swat or lean over each other unless it is in aggression. So yes she is protecting you from what she things is someone beign rude na endangering you. Add in that she got hurt and she trying to keep you safe from what happened to her.

She doing an being a good dog talker she just does not understand human language and that what you are doing in human is ok eve nif it is not in dog.

You have reinforced it by letting it go on but it is also not an easy fix as it is very often miss read as dominace and trying to take over.
When it is not.

Some of the things I would do are the nothing in life is free.So if she is going to sleep in bed or cuddle with you she needs to do a action or your request first either a sit or a down, I work on off and some call it mat time outs.
So if she miss reading something she goes to her spot and settles down.

If she gets upset I move her not push her away I pick her up and pop her on the floor or move her away from you.
I also scale back just for now human contact in her sightthat could be miss understood and work through it by having those handuy little treats ready so if hubby hugs you she gets something great to eat.. So what happens is she will want you to hug and cuddle and then do a sit to get what ever great food treat you have for her being good.

Shot of that you need to find a POsitive dog trainer that understands dog speak and does not ready this as she out to run the house.

What ever else you do handle this as calm as you can any reaction and I know it hard not to reinforces the behaviour.
You can toss a party and reacte everytime she stays calm in and around those hugging or touching you.

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Thank you so much

i wasnt sure how to handle because i knew she was being a good dog..but how to reprimand her and still make her feel like i love her...she is my baby
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Thank you so much

i wasnt sure how to handle because i knew she was being a good dog..but how to reprimand her and still make her feel like i love her...she is my baby
You do nto need to scold just teach her it ok and love on her.
Give her the understanding that these strange up right creatures she lives are not hurting each other.
Do not let anyone tease her by taking swats at or poking just to get a rise out of her.

If you where a dog she be bang on she just not figured out that human thing yet. It tough sometimes for these babies to get it right.

They tend to do better at it than we do reading them so a little time and lots of love will work it out but if not a postive trainer will need to come in and give you a gentle hand to help her get it.

I had one other thought I help her by learning dog speak...so Truid Rugrass book on talking terms with dogs is cheap and a fast read and when you see her getting tense try a lip lick pr a yawn to tell herin her language that all it ok and not ot worry and if you see her doing them tell her good girl as you want her to tell you she is concerned without using the teeth.

Also I tend to not stress the grrrrs the nips I get after but a grrr is just dog speak and they should be allowed to tell you wait I am not ok as you can not yet ready the earlier signs of I am not ok with this.

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