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k8kodiac
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PostSubject: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:22 pm

OK so I'm new to this forum, so let me give some background, my husky just turned a year old and I have been dealing with possession issue. This is going to sound strange but she only does it at night with a bone or toy and its usually when she's tired or just woke up. I have tried the positive reinforcement method with treats but she runs right back to the item, or knows what I'm doing and won't come to me and growls at me if I get close. I have tried being confident and take it moving slowly and speaking in an alpha tone. She listens to me in every other manner, I say come she comes sit stay she does it. Its got me baffled but my wife and I are starting a family and I want it solved asap. I trained her with a combo of reward and disapline, I know some people are against aggressive training but I'm from an old school mentality and a military background. So I believe the best method is both. I may be wrong but I'm connfident she looks at me as the alpha I've done everything to establish this. Questions and advise welcome, cause the only thing left for me to do is go extremely aggressive and I feel there is a better alternative. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:23 pm

One more thing I got sick of it so now I tell her take it to our house and she takes it to her kennel but I don't like this either.
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:30 pm

I'm sorry I really don't know how to help, hopefully someone will chime in, but going extremely aggressive will not solve anything, even as a 'last resort'.
Also, welcome to the forum Smile
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:34 pm

I'm a firm believer of the E-collar. Not for every dog of course, but for mine it worked WONDERS! I tried positive training and actually hired out multiple private trainers and did group classes. It wasn't until we sought out a military trainer that showed us the proper way to use an E-collar. My dog's listen to what I say the moment I say it without me raising my voice or going into "alpha". They aren't scared or unhappy, they are very much spoiled and happy healthy dog's with boundaries.

If this is the sorta thing you think could work for you and you're dog, I'd highly recommend looking into it.

Aside from that, I can only recommend you seeking out a dog behaviorist that could evaluate you're situation and help guide you into a positive direction. I would recommend one anyway, just for the fact you're welcoming children into you're home and you want to make sure you're dog is ready for the new addition and behaviorist's can show you what to do.

I hope this help's and I'm sure other's will have an opinion what has worked for them as well.

Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:55 pm

Cool thanks for the advise so far we actually bring her to a daycare run by an ex military dog trainer and when I get my tax cash she will be trained by him.. I to use a e collar that's how I've trained her not to run off leash. But I don't like to leave it on all day, this may be my next step. Thanks for the time everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:19 pm

One way I found works with the guarding is find the furthest you can be from her when they start growling and stay there. If they lunge just sit there and don't flinch it can take a bit but they'll relax. Give it another minute and push forward, eventually you can have your hand on whatever it is and take it with no problem at all. Make sure you give it back or trade it for something but every time Bella starts getting into resource guarding we do a refresher and it works perfectly.
She only had a relapse when my girlfriends cats got into her food and were eating it while she watched them
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:04 am

Teaching her to trade, and trading up for items that she usually guards from you, will help stop with the resource guarding. Our coonhound would guard random things, and teaching him to drop whatever it was for something better helped solve the behavior. Also, if you know this is an issue during certain times of the day, you may just try picking up the bones and toys before that time starts.
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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:25 am

Nova used to be possessive with his bone at first, but we kind of established us clapping once early on in potty training as us wanting him to stop something. We also when feeding him originally, took his bowl, say a command, then when he follows the command give back and praise, and he continues eating, because he wasnt possessive over his food. If you have a command for him to stop or halt, then you could trying say said command while trading with another toy or bone like KitR said, to get used to it being taken then giving back. Just try to set up a primer command so that she listens and gets distracted enough so that you can train the behavior out.

Hope this helps, good luck Smile

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PostSubject: Re: help with aggression...   Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:08 am

You could try keeping the toys put away out of reach of your dog until YOU decide she can play with it/them, and then encourage her to come to you and trade one toy for another. Work on taking it and giving it back so that she doesn't have a reason to worry about you snatching her toys.

And then, when she's going to bed or going out or whatever it is, put the toys away again until you want to let her play with them again.

Physically forcing your dog into something shouldn't be your go to method, and even though it works sometimes, your relation ship with your dog will be a lot better if you don't. Also Huskies are a very intelligent so they should learn what you do and don't like pretty quickly.

One method I use for getting my dogs attention away from something (say, the cat) is to praise for looking in my direction. If my pup is focusing too hard on the cat, I don't say NO or jerk on the leash, I just say her name, and if she looks at me, or even turns her head toward me in the slightest, I give her a pat and say "Good girl!"
Pretty soon she'll be looking toward me every so often with out me saying anything, just because she knows that it will get praise. It also teaches them to respond well to your voice.

Also works for leash training and other things, just tweak it a little and you could probably make it work for your situation too.
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