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Question regarding aggression
Our family adopted a 18 month old rescue Havanese about 6 weeks ago. Overall, it's been fantastic. He's got all of the wonderful Havanese traits everyone here talks about. From day 1, he became instantly attached to my wife, following her everywhere, obsessed with her, always needing to know where she is. Despite that, he is still very loving and affectionate to my 5 and 7 year old children and to me. He likes to be held and likes to play and has no issue with food aggression or anything similar. He's protective of the house and barks at visitors that enter, especially men.
The issue is one that has occurred three times - twice with me and once with my mother-in-law and it has occurred when we have tried to take him off the bed when he is lying in bed next to my wife. He has snarled quite viciously, snapping and barking, with a demeanor that is quite scary and much different than the protective barking he does when visitors come to the house. Other times, he has very willingly let me pick him up and take him off the bed, and he never has this aggression during the day on a couch or anything. All of these events have occurred late at night or early in the morning in a partially darkened setting. He did not bite, but I'm convinced that had I not backed away, he would have. Both times with me, I attempted to use stern "No's" but that only made him angrier. It wasn't until I physically backed out of the situation that he calmed down.
Not sure what to do about this. It is so opposite of his normal behavior. In fact, the next morning, he jumped up on me and started licking me like he was my best friend. Curious if anyone has any ideas. Not sure if I should alter my behavior and try not to put myself in that situation, or if I should deliberately recreate the scenario and use some sort of training technique to try to break that behavior.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.