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Old 08-17-2017, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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When we leave we put the dog in the cage with his Kong with peanut butter in it. My wife went to the cage to say good buy. Then all the sudden he's barking and lunging acting like we're gonna take his toy from him. He's never done anything like this before, we can always take his food, or toys with out any issues.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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His "cage" is referred to as a "crate" and the point of crate training is to create an environment that simulates the dens that wolves et al. use in the wild.

As such, it isn't surprising that your dog considers his crate to be his personal space and is very protective of it and anything in it.

His behavior is called "resource guarding," which is when dogs are aggressively possessive of items (food, toys, etc.) that they view as high value.

It doesn't surprise me that he resource guards while in his crate but it is worrisome that he would suddenly begin to behave this way.

If this is something completely new, then I would consult a vet, as there might be a physical reason for the sudden change in his behavior.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Could also be his age. Some where between 18 months & 2 years dogs decide to get Bossy Push to see whose Boss.

How did your wife react to him? A FIRM Correction was called for.... Did she correct him?
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Here is a year and a half. I was there and I corrected him.
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:30 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Correction better off coming from wife. Or whom ever he was doing this to.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:36 AM
 
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Correction better off coming from wife. Or whom ever he was doing this to.
Katie1 is correct. Remember dogs think we are their pack.....

All you did was usurp your wife's authority....so your dog now feels he is number 2 in hierarchy.

I'd make sure that your wife is the one that feeds him, but not before you and she eat in front of him so that he realizes you and your wife are above him in pack order.

There were many helpful links online, here are just a few.

https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...n_20368-1.html

https://clickertraining.com/node/3339

Resource Guarding, Dog to Dog
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:00 AM
 
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Get a good trainer to help you with this and get one fast
You don't want a dog that resource guards
Nip this in the bud now while the dog is young
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:52 PM
 
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If you do get a trainer, make sure they are certified. A bad trainer could exacerbate the situation.
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