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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2016, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Has any one experienced resource guarding with their Hav? I think Max may be resource guarding our female dog Sid.

Alone, Max is fine. He doesn't really pay attention to other dogs at the vet, on walks, etc. His behavior changes when Sidney is with. Specifically when we introduce him to other dogs. He hasn't always been like this, the behavior started around 2 (he is now 3).

Recently (like yesterday) my son adopted an 11 week old mixed breed pup so we started to try and socialize the dogs (they will be seeing each other quite a bit). We met in a place where territory wouldn't be an issue. As soon as Max sees the dog coming towards us, he lunges to try and nip (no barking, no growling), tension in the leash. Got Max in a sit stay position. Feeding the puppy treats, rewarding Max & Sid for good behavior keeping a leash on Max (seemed to go a little better).

Sidney is fine running around (happy and mild behavior), we let her off leash and she was playing fetch. The puppy is really mild mannered (he is like 20 lbs, already bigger than Max), sees Sid playing fetch, was going to join in and Max lunged at him again (no barking, no growling).

Max did that about four different times in an hour. I plan to try again tomorrow on my way to our cabin. My son will be bringing the new pup up to the cabin on Saturday. Sunday I will be stopping by his house on our way home, etc.

What am I doing wrong? Any tips, recommendations are appreciated. I don't want to do more damage (to Max or the puppy, want it to be a positive experience fir all). Was thinking about setting up a private session with a local animal behaviorist (but not sure when that appt can be set-up)...........sorry for writing a novel!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2016, 11:31 PM
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I know you're so worried about your dog's behavior, and as you said you are going to behaviorist to help you to improve his behavior, you're totally right about that! All you can do is to train and teach him to surpass this kind of behavior.
Consult now and you will see the improvement.

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tough to say without seeing it firsthand. Best to spend a bit of time with a trainer.

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Yes, I have a call in right now. Waiting to set up a private appointment.

Incidentally, my sister in law called this morning to ask me to watch their Boston Terrier Jax for a half hour (she brought his crate along).

We kept Jax crated and Max crated in separate rooms, let Sid roam freely. Sid was real nervous from all the howling and barking going on (mostly from Jax). I decided to put Sid in her crate and removed Max (with a leash and armed with plenty of chicken heart treats, the good stuff). Max and I went and sat next to Jax in his crate, me alternating treats between the two dogs. It actually went quite well. I tried to make it a pleasurable experience for both dogs (and this was on Max's territory). Max would get a little distracted because he could hear Sid in her crate, but it was easy to get him to regain his focus because of the treats.

Today, when I stop by my sons, I think I am going to try the same thing. Try to keep the interaction short, hand out treats to the dogs for good behavior and see what happens. The only variables that will change are I want Max to have some exercise to tire him out and Sid will most likely be off leash in the fenced in back yard.

Hoping the person I contacted gets back to me today to set-up the appointment, really want to get this under control.


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