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I agree, at this point it's not appropriate for him to be on the bed.
Most likely, he is guarding your daughter (leave her alone, I love her, she and all of her attention are mine!). I got Clover when I was 12 and he sure did the same thing with me.
For now, you or your daughter should put him in his crate when she goes to bed. Teach him a command (I use "Get in your house") to walk voluntarily into the kennel. You can teach this by tossing treats into the kennel and giving the command as he chases it in. At first, just let him walk right back out, and then slowly start closing the door - for a second, for a minute, for five minutes, until he gets it.
Also teach that furniture is a privileged, not a right. If they can jump up on the furniture, fine, but teach "Off" - which means jump off the furniture because I asked you to. Attach a leash, and guide him off the furniture with it to teach this command. Reward him for getting to the floor.
Also teach him sit, down, and other commands. Make him do something for every treat, every pet, and every meal for every single person in the family.
Dogs want a consistent, trustworthy, and benevolent leader (don't we all). If you calmly but firmly ask for his respect, you will earn it.
Once he learns "Off" and "House" very, very, VERY reliably, you can start letting him lie on the bed again. Then he will respect and listen to you when you go in at night and tell him to get off the bed and into his crate. If he still growls, he loses this privilege.
If you don't feel that you can teach these on your own, please enlist a qualified dog trainer. This is something you don't want to go further! Good luck!
~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William
People in the dog show world know me as Karen, but the rest of the world knows me & I will introduce myself as Kat... I've been showing dogs longer than I've had the nickname, and the nickname is not new!