Does anyone have any tips on what to try to get her out of this habit, (apart from taking it away completely).
We have never had any problems with her, she doens't get possesive over anything else, her food, toys etc. she is fine, she is very sweet natured but as soon as she is on this bed she gets so possessive, it would be nice if we didn't have to take it away from her completely.
|Try taking the bed up off the floor for now. When you want her to use it, get the bed, put it down, and make her sit and stay until you tell her she may go on it. This may take a little work, but be consistent. |
That way, she'll get the idea that you control the bed, not her. Pick it back up when not in use, at least until she's past this.
If she does growl at you while you're passing the bed, stop, stand over her, and stare her down. She should lay back and submit to you. Hold this position until she does, even if it takes a long time at first.
This should establish, for her, that she is not the boss of you when it comes to the bed.
|I'd quickly just get rid of the bed.|
Some dogs will do the same with crates. Our Schipperke-mix did this to other dogs.
We removed the crate and removed that particular problem. Be watchful for
other guarding behaviors though.
|Thank you all for the advice, we have been practising over the last couple of days and she has really improved.|
I ask her to sit, then I lay the bed down then only on my command does she sit on it, I then sit on it with her and shes fine, a little grumble but no more snarling, will still keep practising but good that she is showing an improvment already
|Excellent!!! Glad its working. |
Sometimes I would make her wait while you sit on the bed first and then invite her on it with you.
This kind of intervention will pay off in lots of other areas as well. It sets up the people to be in charge, and can be used when any issue like this comes up. It really changed life with our Rudy, and he's doing great with it. And his issues were a million times more severe than what you were seeing, but everything has to start somewhere. You may well have just set in motion an intervention that will avoid all sorts of issues in the future that you'll now never even know of...or it may have just been about the bed. Either way...great news!
Good girl Holly!
|Awww, thank you. Yes we are really pleased with the progress she is making already but we will keep working at it.|
Funnily enough just a day or so later Holly came into season for the first time, poor love, although she seems ok in herself.
Shes not a puppy anymore...............although she still acts like one he he!
Its funny, I'm giving her lots of extra cuddles at the mo, its almost like I am sympathising with her, from one female to another ha ha!
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