Hello again! Thank you all sooo much for your inputs and suggestions! For reference, I am currently taking antibiotic medicine. Sorry for any confusion, my doggy sleeps on the floor in our room every night and usually stays more on my hubby's side of the room. To note, I've always pet him by kneeling down to his level because he's laying down. Also to note, my doggy has always obeyed my hubby out of everyone in the household so I'm probably a nobody to him
. I will try to take a test tonight to rule out pregnancy (I don't have reasons to believe I am but just in case). If I'm not, we will schedule a visit to the vet to make sure it's not medical reasons for his recent change. Thanks again to you all!
The best way to handle this guarding of your husband is for your husband to get up and walk away.This gives your dog nothing to guard.
Very great suggestion! We will try this tonight.
First, go get him vet checked. Sudden behavioral changes should be checked for medical issues. Personally, I don't believe that a dog that has never reacted to you before is suddenly guarding your husband from you especially when he was not in the picture the first time he growled.
Sorry, I forgot to mention that my hubby was also there the first time my doggy growled at me. My hubby was there each time.
Originally Posted by Stevenzachsmom
Definitely stop giving affection. Affection is a reward and needs to be earned. Up the obedience. Make him work for everything he gets.
Great insight! You're correct, he should work for my affection. I will try that.
Does your husband pet him that way? You could be hitting an unnoticed injury. These dogs have a high threshold of pain. You could be hitting an injured shoulder whereas your husband isnt if he does not pet him same way. Have the vet do a whole body go over.
And yes as previously stated it could be your meds. My dog detects my sons seizures and gets very agitated (humans smell differently when they are seizing) . He also cant stand a brother I have who unfortunately cant show up to Thanksgiving without being on something. Not that you are high..but you know what i mean.
Or it may be maturity is setting in for your dog and he is being a jerk. For that you need a breed knowledgeable trainer who can put eyes on the behavior. Record it if it is only happening at night. Every bit of footage you can give the trainer when he isnt there will be valuable.
Yes, my hubby pet him moments before me but he was fine with it. I didn't get to really touch him much before he started growling already haha. You're correct, it could be that maturity is setting in and he's being a jerk trying to test his boundaries.
If you can safely stop these meds, and he goes back to normal, you'll have your answer.
You're right, I should be off my antibiotic medicine soon so we will know then.
My first dog, strong willed male (I didn't know a whole lot about training) immediately became disobedient when I was pregnant. In fact with the last baby he was more accurate than the early pregnancy test. A few days before birth he became his normal self again. His behavior towards my hubby never changed though.
Thanks for your input. I will take a pregnancy test just to be sure.
Sorry to say but sounds like he needs more structure and containment. A couple female friends with male GSD’s, one a SaR dog, had the same problem when their dogs were adolescents.
I agree, I think my dog respects males more than females. He always obeyed my hubby since day one while he's pretty indifferent towards me. He'll like me if I give him treats during training and massages lol.
I would get a full health work up and bring in a trainer to observe you and your dog to see what exactly you are doing that sets him off.
I agree, if he continues to act up even if ruling out pregnancy and medical issues, we will really have to being in a trainer.
Thank you everyone! I will definitely keep everyone posted here!