Teaching your small dog to stop guarding his toys won't be easy, and it won't happen overnight. However, it's extremely important to correct this habit before it grows worse. When you aren't training, try to minimize the occasions he growls or snaps by keeping his prized possessions away from him, and staying clear of him when he does have them. Check out the three methods below to see which one will work best for you. With slow and steady training, your little buddy will learn how to share his toys with you and other dogs.
Territorial if on couch or bed and we try to move him physically rather than give him “off” command. Growls if we put our face near his head.
Hello Gail, First off all, when you are home he needs to be wearing a drag leash around the house so that you are able to easily move him without risking being bitten. Right now he has probably learned that he can get what he wants by being aggressive. The drag leash will help you be consistent and firm without being overly harsh or giving into his bad behavior. Check out something like VirChewLy, sold on Amazon, which is chew proof, less likely to get caught on things, and you can remove the handle so that it drags more easily. https://www.amazon.com/VirChewLy-Indestructible-Leash-Medium-Black/dp/B001W8457I?psc=1&SubscriptionId=0ENGV10E9K9QDNSJ5C82&tag=lidotr-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B001W8457I&th=1 When you need him to move, pick up the end of his leash, tell him Off, and if he doesn't immediately move, quickly lead him off the furniture with the leash. It is not optional for him to put on the breaks or refuse to get off, simply swiftly move him off using the l ash so that his momentum keeps him from putting on the breaks. Second, work on building his respect for you in general. I suggest working on the following commands and manners to gently but firmly re-establish respect and trust: Place command: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-place-command-the-good-dog-training-tips/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo General tips for building respect: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Finally, I suggest working on getting him used to be handled. If the aggression is happening when you go to touch him to move him, it is probably partially due to a lack of respect and partially a dislike of being touched in a certain way. To help with touch use his meal kibble as often as you can to reward him for tolerating being touched. Touch him somewhere he tolerates well and give a treat. Touch another area, like an ear, and give a treat. Touch his side and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Touch his tail and give a treat. Hold his collar and give a treat. Food him his entire meal, measured out into a baggie (not from his bowl) this way. Gradually work through being able to touch him all over, one area at a time, until he is comfortable with being touched in general. Take care not to get bitten while doing this. Start with areas he likes first, be gentle, and progress gradually as he improves at being tolerant. Do this for several weeks, every day if you can. As he improves you can also add briefly putting you hand under him and lifting him up, then giving a treat. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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