My dog Satana has been acting very strange lately. She is my CONSTANT shadow, never leaves my side unless she is forced too. She is extremely overprotective of me, to the point that she growls and bares her teeth at anyone that comes near me. Afew days ago she was laying on the floor next to me sleeping when she suddenly jumped up all fur on end barking, growling, and bareing her teeth for about 5 minutes, and no one was there, we were home alone. After that she paced around the house still growling, and now she is even more overprotective of me.
I'd appreciate any thoughts and ideas you may have on WHY she is acting like this lately.
Any time a pet's behavior suddenly changes a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Any number of medical conditions that increase irritability or cause physical discomfort could be contributing to this behavior change. So that's a no -brainer, must do - take her to your veterinarian.
In addition, sometimes people perceive behavior as suddenly changing when in fact it's been changing in small increments for quite sometime but because you see your dog everyday, you don't recognize the small changes until they become big ones. That happens in a variety of situations - e.g. we don't think we look any older until someone who hasn't seen us for several years points out that we do!
I'm not convinced your dog is protecting you. You may be her "security blanket" so she is sticking close to you but my guess is that she's more concerned about someone not coming near HER or what she perceives to be her territority.
You need professional help with this before this behavior escalates to biting. DO NOT work with ANYONE who labels this a "dominance" problem and advises you to get confrontational with your dog. Seek out a certified applied or veterinary behaviorist.
www.CertifiedAnimalBehaviorist.com or www.davcb.org. or avsabonline.org. Or perhaps your veterinarian can recommend someone to help you. A certified trainer at www.ccpdt.org is also a possibility.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.