Resource guarding (if it is) has nothing or very little to do about dominance or taking an "alpha role". Needles to say that a dog cannot be an alpha to another species except its own. I'd say that puppy is probably feeling insecure and lounges in defense (submissive aggression) because he has no way of escaping. Are you 100 % sure that the crate is a pleasant place for him? Obedience has also nothing to do with dog feeling uncomfortable and intimidated at certain times and places.
Originally Posted by newfsie
She suffers from separation anxiety and it's good you've given up. Such dogs should not be crated because they can injure themselves easily because they panic. It should be taken very seriously and try different approach slowly, perheps with guidance of a behaviour professional.
She cried and scratched and tried to tear the cargo barrier down. I was worried she was going to tear my car to pieces or hurt herself. I eventually put her in the front next to me and she fell asleep immediately and didnt move till I got her home. This continued - any form of enclosed confinement that separated her from me and she would fight and she would never give up no matter, she was one determined missy. She would tear herself and anything else in her path to pieces. I did give up because she was so well behaved out of any confinement, totally bombproof actually.
Last edited by Fedra; 12-06-2010 at 06:51 PM.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.