Heat cycle aggression? Suggestions please...
Hello: This is a little long, but I wanted to state all the facts.
I am the owner of a great girl named Roxy. I am new to this and I will admit wasn't entirely ready, but she was someone's" accident" who literally fell into our laps at the best time she could have, as we don't have any children yet and my husband and my schedule are very flexible and we had enough time to devote to her training and exercise. I had to take her home, no matter how much work it was going to take and since has enriched my life more than I could ever haveb imagined.
She is 9 months old, and we have had her since she was 2 months. She is well socialized with other dogs and people and has never shown aggression to others, only a bark or growl here and there to alert us to something suspicious. We also have 3 cats that she only wants to play with, but they won't have that yet. She finished her first heat cycle about 3 weeks ago. We will be getting her spayed in about a month.
We were hoping to get her spayed before her cycle, but then it arrived and we had to wait. About half way through her cycle, she had gotten very defensive about any of her food and her personal space. We let her roam the house, but there is an area where her crate and dishes are. She has snapped at me several times if I just walk past her when her food is out. Lately, she hasn't even been gobbling it down, just watching me, and her food. I don't watch her eat, but if I go to walk around her, she runs to her dish and hovers over it. Or she will guard her bones, but not touch them. She is finished with her cycle now and I thought that it would go away, but these instances have continued. She is less agressive towards my husband, and while we are both involved in training and play time, I am around more often and am more of the disciplinarian. I take her food or bone away once she does this if I can, and show her that it is "mine", not hers.
Will this go away once she is spayed? Is this normal? Thanks so much.