Originally Posted by jjenfield
Over the last few months she has become very territorial of her food, play toys, human items and me (the mother-I am her "person")! She is getting aggressive (growling and niping/biting) when we try to take toys away, human items away, if we even come near her when she is eating.
NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) - we have used this with Riley ever since she was tiny and it will be a big help in your situation. Here is a good website detailing how it works:
Sometimes she gets aggressive towards people if she is in my lap and my son comes up next to me.
Last night she was sleeping near me in bed, and my husband leaned over to move her a little and she bite him, and drew blood!
She is being territorial with you. From now on, no more lap or bed privileges. Heck, I wouldn't even allow her on the furniture with that behavior. You
will have to be the one to enforce it because it sounds like she respects your authority more. After reading the bit about your husband using "harsh punishing", I don't blame her for wanting to bite him if he's hurt her. She obviously doesn't trust him.
I know we should excersize her more. She gets 30 min-1hour of walks/run/rollerblades on week nights and on weekends she gets 2 hours/day of off-leash playtime/running at the dog park. We are working on this part.
I would do at least 1hr in the morning and 1hr at night (off-leash somewhere she can really stretch out and run is best).
As far as training her. We have done two obedience classes, which haven't helped at all!!! My husband has used some harsh punishing/training with her and I think she is overly sensitve to it. I think she is very fearful of him! I try not to use this type of punishment, and feel like that is why she is so attached to me because she feels safe with me.
What kind of punishment are we talking about here? If he's hurt her physically, this could be a big part of her aggression issues. It very well could be a fear aggression (growling or biting for fear of getting hurt). Vs are extraordinarily sensitive dogs and can be easily ruined by harsh treatment.
I would highly recommend getting a behavioral specialist to assess the situation.
Originally Posted by Vizsla
I don't think the pet that this family loves is a lemon just because they got her from a pet store.
The sad fact is that if the V is from a pet store, there is a 99% likelihood that the pup comes from a puppy mill. The dogs in puppy mills are not temperament screened.