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Help!!!

We have rescued an adorable 2 year old Havanese, he is learning to be a good house doggie, is almost accident-free by now, learnt quickly all the basic commands, and I adore him to pieces.

Unfortunately, he is VERY POSSESSIVE of me. VERY!!!! He growls at everybody who comes close to me, and that includes my husband. I would hate to give Max away, and I enjoy him dearly, but my hubby is miserable being barked at and chased away. He wants a dog that will be happy to see him come into the room, not growl and back away angrily.

When I am not at home, my husband and Max are basically BFFs, Max listens to him, wags his tail, follows orders, likes to be walked by husband, gets treats, fetches his toys and so on. But the moment I appear on the horizon things change, Max starts growling and treating my man as a competition to be chased away.
Please give me some advice! I will have to give Max away if there is all this barking because I am sorry for the hubby and I am not looking forward to it.
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Welcome to the forum. I'm having a tough time picturing this , that is why I'm leery giving advice. This sounds unusual. I would suggest a trainer come in and see what's going on. It could be resource guarding but sounds unusual because of the familiarity of your husband.

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I think he is resource guarding you and this might be something he did before in his first home, or not. My suggestion is if he starts growling when your husband comes around tell him no and send him a short distance away until your husband is near you, ignore your dog at first, then invite him back after a few minutes, if he does it again send him away. He has to understand your husband has value for you and your husband needs to keep working on a bond with the dog. Your husband can start treating him for good behavior when around you, things like not growling when he comes back after being sent off the couch or room etc., your husband can treat him for coming back and not growling. Our dogs do take their cue from us, you need to let your dog know in a gentle manner that this is not acceptable.

I would also look for a trainer or take a beginner class, so that you can have other suggestions and tips on how to over come this. Recognizing their is a problem is the first part of finding a solution. All the best.

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I agree with you in general Robbie, however I don't like telling the dog NO to a growl. This is the dog telling him not to approach. We shouldn't impede their lines of communication. This is his first line of defence, don't take it away from him. Here's one of many articles on this http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/iss...r_16163-1.html
When I hear words like "I'd hate to give him away I get concerned. Thats why I recommend a trainer. Sometimes time is of the essence. And IF this is resource guarding it can be serious. One thing I've learned from the trainers I've learned from is to see what is going on because it might not be what you think. We tend to dismiss guarding in small dogs because the worst they can do is minor damage to us. But that is a huge mistake because it does not address the problem and the dog gets worse in its behavior. With rehomed dogs , there could be other issues.

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