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    Our dog can't stand me and OH hugging. If he catches us out he'd jump up on me and try to direct me away from OH. I assume he thinks it's a kind of aggression as he does the same thing when we're arguing about something. As soon as we raise our voices he'd go for me, trying to separate me from OH as far as possible. Always me! Equally if I pet another dog... same thing.

    I don't really understand why he does it. Is he trying to protect OH from the me - the meanie?? And do I need to worry about it? I have to say that he is fairly effective though and manages to break up fights in our house very quickly. We haven't been arguing much lately. We haven't been hugging much either

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    He's being protective of his pack leader. Just be careful it doesn't get out of hand.

    My MIL's Silky Terrier used to go mental when me and my OH had play fights. If one of us slapped the other she would start barking her head off trying to get us to stop.

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    Great! I feed him. I walk him. I throw his ball and scratch his belly. And what do I get? He sides with OH and classifies ME as 'the bully'.... ungrateful little sh**! Now I know how mums feel.

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    Ozzy used to do this also. He did'nt jump, just barge in and wedge himself between us for a three way hug.
    If we argued he would stand back and bark.
    When we patted the cat he was right in there as well. Such an attention hog.
    We still miss the old boy.

    How big is Nero? He looks fairly large from the photos. (very handsome dog by the way)

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    Thanks Ozzy looks amazing though!! What happened to him? Nero isn't that big. He is 30+kg and looks like a slender Lab... although he isn't 2 yo yet and might still fill out a bit.

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    Oz passed on at 15yrs just from general old age.
    He led an amazing life, everyones mate, (except those he did not like)
    rocked up at every party, invited or not. The last one to leave.
    Red Dog in the movie reminded me a lot of him.

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    There is a lack of respect here ......................A very quick way to start getting respect form your dog is to start Obedience Training......I know it is boring and some think it is only for the people who want to trial, but when you start frequent training with your dog you gain respect and in the dog world respect is pretty much an equal to devotion/love in the human world. When we get a new Rescue to deal with, whatever issues they have, be it aggressive , nervous, anxious, pushy, silly, over the top etc............We treat them all the same. We give them at least two sessions of serious training a day and all through the day they have to work for their food. The "nothing in Life is for Free System" (NILF) will make your dog see you in a whole different light. Often in a household the dogs will connect to the "man of the house", because even though the "lady of the house", dotes on the dog, feeds the dog and does just about everything else. The guy has the respect......Dogs actually like Leadership, they look for it and in some way crave it. So if you just start becoming a good Leader, you will see changes. And I do not mean being a bully and harsh.


    Try looking up Patricia McConnell or even Ian Dunbar, they have loads of free info on this and so many more......good luck, happy training
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    Thanks Newfsie, this is really helpful. I have to admit that I've become slack on obediance after finishing our basics course. The only thing I really follow through is him walking on the lead properly - I hate it when he pulls (and I can't hold him if he is serious about it) and his recall is almost always good too. Otherwise he is really easy to live with so there was never really a need to correct or reinforce anything. But anyhow... no more treats without doing something for me. I started the other day by making him sit and wait when putting down the food bowl. He was giving me a WTF look but did it

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