Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Forest Lake, MN
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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!
Julie, Maxum and Sid