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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2016, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Jealous dog?

Teddy has an issue with any guy coming near me.
Even a hug from my dad or boyfriend makes him bark. He stops if I take a step away from the person.
If we have sleep over guests, he is ok with them being in the room next door but if they walk past my room door when I'm asleep, (eg to go to the bathroom or kitchen), he starts growling at them. does't matter who it is - except my mom who can walk into my room and he wont even lift his head - but wags his tail).

(He see's my boyfriend more often than my mom so I don't think its about how often he sees people)
Lately, he brings his toy to my boyfriend to throw so he can fetch if we are watching TV. He seems to prefer my boyfriend throwing toys for him (maybe because he can throw further than me)? and jumps on his lap sometimes.

Initially, he had an issue with him sitting on the same couch as me (and had to sit between us. if he tried to put his arm around me, Teddy would bark at him!!). All this has now stopped but as soon as he stands up, he starts barking again (esp if he hugs me).

I've even had him bark at a friends who came home in a short skirt. He stopped barking at her when she changed into something longer...
He probably thinks he is a fashion police??

Last night, he woke me up every hour with 1 min of barking at nothing (there was no one around) and only stopped when I got really mad at him, picked him up and ordered him to go to sleep on the pillow next to me (where he always sleeps). he usually sleeps on the floor for an hour then jumps on the bed himself so it couldn't have been him asking for permission!

Anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this issue? Could it be something I'm missing?
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sounds like resource guarding and lack of socialization. I would recommend a trainer help you out . Have you mentioned this before or was it someone else?

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Wouldn't guarding be against people irrespective of gender? Or is it normal to guard against one gender?
He has no issues of I hug a woman. Just not happy of its a guy.

And if my friends come over with a dress/skirt above their knee, he has an issue with them... He really is a strange dog!

He gets daily walks on the road, doggy play dates when possible and spends a big portion of his day on the couch watching over the road. Not sure how else to socialise him.

He doesn't bark if home alone (I've been checking on this through neighbour's and the guard - they never hear a sounds from him when he is alone).
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Wouldn't guarding be against people irrespective of gender? Or is it normal to guard against one gender?
He has no issues of I hug a woman. Just not happy of its a guy.

And if my friends come over with a dress/skirt above their knee, he has an issue with them... He really is a strange dog!

He gets daily walks on the road, doggy play dates when possible and spends a big portion of his day on the couch watching over the road. Not sure how else to socialise him.

He doesn't bark if home alone (I've been checking on this through neighbour's and the guard - they never hear a sounds from him when he is alone).
Yes, they can have a bigger problem with one gender than the other... and it's very often men. I have NO idea what he has against short skirts, but dogs can decided that the strangest things are "a problem".

I think Dave is right, that the best way to handle this is if you can find a local trainer who can actually WHAT what he's doing, and when, and help you figure out a plan to changing that to more positive behavior.

I know you don't live here in the States, and it might be difficult to find someone to help you with behavior issues. If so, I suggest you take a look at the offerings of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy on line. These are classes done via video, and there may very well be something that can help you.


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Thanks Krandall.
Thats really helpful! I'll try it out.
You're right. Training isn't really good out here.

There's just a few decent trainers. All work during limited work hours only or only work with specific breeds (or registered pure breeds!). I did get contacts and try ask about training with them at a more convenient time but none responded! :grin:
Online training is certainly better!!
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