I have a rescue Papillon who had a great home up until his owner died unexpectedly. He was trapped in the house with her for several days before he was found. I ended up with him about four years ago, and it was only recently that this problem began. He has always been pretty neurotic and I'm not sure if that's because of his past or if it's just who he is, and has always been overly excitable. Recently, however, he has begun growling and quietly woofing at everything and everyone in my family except for me. It's not aggression so far as I can tell--his body is wiggling, he's smiling, his tail is wagging, his head bobs around up and down and in circles, his feet all tap dance...and all the while he crouches and flinches like he's been beaten...It's very bizarre. I don't know if he's being protective of me because it happens with more intensity when he's been next to me on the couch and if I'm sleeping he does launch attacks off the bed and charges whoever opens the door, barking, snarling, the whole thing. He also has a nervous licking habit. He'll lick his paws, the couch, the floor, a piece of clothing...He doesn't usually lick me or clothes that I'm wearing. He chews nonstop on bones, too, and is very possessive of those and growls at anyone who comes near except for me. While he growls he cowers and licks his lips rapidly while fidgeting around and backing up. He doesn't ever do this to me, though, only my family. I don't know if it's because he's afraid of them or if it's just a part of his all around insecurity. He can be very dog aggressive off the bat, too. I know he's got confidence issues and I'm not quite sure how to build him up. Anyways, any thoughts or suggestions would be great! Everyone is getting extremely fed up with him and I don't know how to stop it. I've tried ignoring him, pushing him off the couch, distracting him, holding him, poking him, scruffing him...He simply doesn't care...He keeps this little rumble in his throat. The pheromone spray actually stops the outright barking, though. Not so much the growling...It just makes him hide and growl from his crate!