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Equipped with cable put a nice chm 49% 43% photo her The praise worked better than the poking with him, I used that a lot more once I noticed, and he got over his issue a couple of weeks. Skip to six weeks ago, and he’s trying to be possessive of ME, with Cash. Mostly when we were snuggling or I was petting him, and Cash would come up to say, “Me too!” Doc would growl and try to nose Cash away, and went as far as snapping at him a time or two. Because I was standing right there, I’d push Doc away then pay attention to Cash, THEN call Doc back over and on him, too. Again, when Cash came up and I could Doc wasn’t happy about it – turning his face away, ears pinching along his head, whites of the eyes showing – I would praise Doc for tolerating it. After a week or two, that went away as well. Skip to two weeks ago, and it’s popped up again: this time being possessive first over then and finally Quin each and every case we did the same thing: push Doc away, on Cash, bring Doc and on him. We also added a couple of things: For since she’s also a dog trainer, I asked her to start making Doc calm down and think. One thing I’ve noticed about Doc is the more wound up he gets, the less he thinks overall. it’s normal for a dog’s to turn off when they’re super wound up but his turns off even when he’s not wound up, if he’s spent a lot of time wound up. Things that wind him up: not exercising enough, some of playful boarders, fetch, the wild peacocks, squirrels. It’s a full time job keeping him centered! Getting a wound up dog to pause they can think again is key. I asked to get him thinking around her, adding little -working things like sitting and calming down at doors before he goes out to play, sitting to get petted, things like that. That calmed him his possessiveness also dropped. I asked to use a squirt bottle if he got possessive of her. It’s a good consequence: not emotionally very powerful, certainly not painful, just distracting and annoying. With Quin, we put Doc time out when he got possessive, x-pen the house. After twenty minutes he re-joined us. He was put time out a couple of times before he got the point! all instances, when he became tolerant of Cash or wasn’t possessive, he got rewarded with lots of and pets. Ex: I petted Cash, Doc watched but didn’t come over to push Cash away, after a minute – before he lost his – I turned and loved on Doc. Repeat ad nauseum! For every time he got busted for naughtiness, I want at least five rewards. If I’m busting him too much, that’s signal that I’m asking too much of him. I need to reward BEFORE he puts himself trouble, he knows what it is I’m looking for, not just what I don’t like. It took a couple of weeks for him to cycle through everyone and figure out no one was going to let him get away with it. I’m still praising and loving on him when other dogs into “our” space to get pets, just to reinforce his good behavior. During his possessive phase, I used different techniques for different people, depending on how he reacts to the people question and what they were more comfortable with capable of, and what worked best for him. No dog is ever perfect. Even when a dog trainer owns them, even if I spent all time making them perfect to everyone’s standards, living animals are always changing! I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉 aggression, philosophy, possessiveness, training, trouble shooting With thanks to Quin's grandmother for the titular phrase! Well, and Cash are getting older. has a little bit of hip dysplasia and a lot of arthritis Cash is remarkably good shape, except for the added weight from helping himself to dog food. We’re working on that! One of the books