Puppy advice – he's becoming a guard dog :-

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The neuter should help some with this issue as the competitiveness for mates will be eliminated.

However, this seems to be something you can certainly work on.

Perhaps you can start taking him to a puppy class where he’ll meet lots of other dogs and owners.  It should be an environment conducive to meet and greets.  Reward him for safely meeting new beings without getting aggressive.  If he does get riled up, remind him that you are the alpha and that you arein control of the situation.  Do this by making him sit and focus on you (sit and focus commands plus treats). 

Does he seem to be alpha in other ways?  Like demanding you pet him when he wants?  Lays on the bed/furniture with you?  Caving to his desires?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  What kind of dog is he? Depending on the breed may be different ways to train/address the issue.

I have a pitbull/boxer mix and she barks at the door, cars, etc, if I am home with her. If I am not around, she is quiet as a mouse. She seems to be defensive of me. However, if someone comes in the house she sits behind me, tail and ears tucked (great guard dog, right, haha). She shows no aggression other than barking. If we are running and another dog barks AT her, she goes off! If she is running with my fiance, again, super quiet. My vet told me not to punish her or try to stop her from barking because dogs dont associate “good” barking times with “bad” ones. And you dont want him not to alert you if there is danger because he thinks it is bad. We train her not to jump and to allow others in the home and if we are running and she gets loud/tries to jump at the dog, I tap her head and she knows to go back to running. Its all just training over time. She is now 1 1/2 years old.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  Sure!  This is my love muffin, Nala! Its her and then her with her favorite toy, a stuffed bunny. She keeps ripping it open and I keep sewing it back together since she loves him so much so we refer to him as “Frankenbunny”. She knows his name too its awesome!

(My vet awesomely has her listed as a “Boxer Mix”. Some people just have bad images of pits)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I think the barking is a great thing. If he is already distinguishing between guests and strangers, that’s actually pretty impressive. You want to make sure he does not attack anyone at random, but you have got to let him bark at people who approach the door and do not knock or ring the bell. I don’t have much of a suggestion for you, but I tihnk he’s already pretty smart.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsPanda99:  I think NILIF is something you can start right away as soon as you learn the concepts.  It means “Nothing in Life is Free” and it’s a humane way to teach your dog that you are alpha.  It does sound like he’s calling the shots!  NILIF is a way to change your dog’s behavior by changing a few of the things you do.  You remove his reward for getting attention on his demand.  Instead you get attention from him when you want or he has to earn it by listening to your commands.

Once your dog knows that you are in charge, they settle into their subordinate role with a sense of ease.  The pack order has been set – you are the alpha.  It kind of does sound like he’s the ruler of the pack so he’s always “on alert” to protect his pack because he thinks it’s his job perhaps.  Just my general observation!

I googled a bunch of links.  I did not read them all though:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html

http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm

http://www.dogguide.net/nilif.php

http://positivecanineguidance.com/?p=954

 

I hope that helps!

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I know I just wanna eat her I love her so much!

How is he when he is barking at the kids? Tail going? My pup wants attention from kids and her bark is the “play with me, your ignoring me, I’m still here” bark. We have beem working on getting her to bring people a toy when she wants to play (we call it the “nose bump” she just brings her toy and hits you with it with her nose haha) but its better than scaring the kids. Nala loves kids and always wants to be around them, perhaps he is the same?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have a container of treats near the door.  When people come over, have them ask your dog to sit and give him a treat.  He’ll associate guests with treats.

Socialize him by taking him to dog parks and public places where he can meet people and other dogs in a safe environment that he will have positive associations with.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  We have a rottweiler cross who is the sweetest girl, but she has grown into a bit of a protective mode. Nothing alarming, but even though we did our best when she was a puppy to socialize her, she still will bark. She’s worse with strange dogs in confined spaces (ie: the elevator of our building) so we do our best to pet both dogs at the same time. 

 

I have to say with people she is amazing, like so smart! She can tell when people are acting shifty. Just one of many similar examples: My FI was waiting with her in the alley of our building when a guy walked by. This same guy walked by a second time and then a third time. It was obvious to FI that he was trying to find a way either into the building or the dumpster which is locked up. Well when he passed the first time, our dog ignored him, the second time, she took notice and the third time she howled at him. hahaha. She’s done this numerous times with people we’ve passed who were drunk or on drugs. It’s so interesting they can tell the difference. 

 

Anyways, I have a similar problem to you but with her versus other dogs. She gets protective, especially of me, around new dogs when we’re out and about. We’re still trying to figure it out. If you happen upon any other good resources, post them here.

 

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