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    Our Staffy Mak will not let anyone sit near me on the same lounge, even on the bed if I lie on it with him ,and my husband or son tries to sit next to me he barks and growls at them??

    He will not let anyone near me????

    Do you think he is trying to dominate me???? or he is just protective of me????

    I am his carer and spend just about every minute of the day with him...
    He also listens when I tell him what to do... he does obey everthing I tell him...

    For instance he will not touch his food unless I tell him... and a whole lot of other commands from me he will obey....

    Not sure why he won't let anyone near me?????

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    I think he's a resource guarder and you are encouraging this behaviour by allowing it and not teaching him what is and isn't acceptable.

    If my dog growled at anyone, I would put her on the floor. And I would feed her treats or get the other people to feed her treats when she's being polite and well behaved.

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    I wouldnt go as far to say as encouraging his behaviour, shocked maybe..... and not really knowing how to react..... I will be showing him how to deal with the situation if he does it again..........

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    toni - if it's happened more than once, without you removing the dog's reward for doing it (ie you being close), then you're effectively encouraging the behaviour. If it's getting worse - then there is definitely something you're doing that the dog finds encouraging or rewarding about it like he gets you all to himself and the other person to back off.

    I think your best bed is - no scolding - maybe say "uh uh" or "no" in a normal tone of voice and put him on the floor. Or you get up and leave - so long as doing that stops him from guarding the lounge.

    I have also heard that putting a lead on the dog - and pulling them by the lead off the couch or bed is also a good way to go - especailly if he growls at whomever tries to put him off with their hands.

    It's really important you don't tell him off for growling - because it's important you know when he's upset about something, but it's also important that you don't let him guard you or the couch.

    It may pay to have a mat or bed that is his place in each room of the house and give him heaps of pats and treats for being there, start with often and really yummy treats - and then gradually just when you think of it, but as often as convenient. So then you can send him to the mat. Maybe for a while - no time on the bed or couch and all time on his bed or mat. Like at least a month - until you've got the guarding sorted.

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    so surely there would be a bit of a conundrum in that advice.

    Dont tell the dog off for growling (which I agree with) yet, if he reacts like that he has to be put on the floor...

    So he miht associate that with the reaction and then stop giving the reaction...do you know what I am trying to say?

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    Dont tell the dog off for growling (which I agree with) yet, if he reacts like that he has to be put on the floor...
    I guess it's possible but I think unlikely. Ie he will stop growling so he doesn't get put on the floor but if he moves to biting with no warning - he may find he still ends up on the floor, the idea is to remove the reward he was getting from doing the growling rather than add a punisher (scolding).

    The other way to deal with it is to remove the resource he's guarding. Ie Toni leaves.

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    well didnt take long... such a smart boy... he doesnt growl anymore.. I was taking him off the lounge and saying stop it... then lifting him back on the lounge when he calmed down. He doesnt growl anymore and he lets anyone sit on the lounge as well.... such a quick learner. He was just testing us all out I think to see what he could get away with... hehehehe

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