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I just got him yesterday, and his name is Vuitton. (After Loui Vuitton, lol. :clap2: ) On day one, he became extremely attached to me because I was with him for literally 12 hours, so he is still getting to know my family and all.

One problem.
My mom kind of scared him on day one by being too excited (?). As in.. using those "GOOD BOOOY." very loudly and somewhat high pitched. (Gootchy gootchy, cute dog!!)
That scared him. So he like.. attacks her if she tries to touch his new toy.

He's gotten pretty used to her today, and after a strict "NO," from both my mother and I, he seems to have settled down. BUT.. today I woke up to him growling at my mom while I was sleeping (Only at that time.) she also said he did that earlier at around 3 when.. I was obviously sound asleep. The night before, he slept after I did because he was too busy staring at the halls in case someone showed up.

I want him to be a family dog, and I'm not sure what to do. I find it ADORABLEEE, but if only he could repeat this.. protective behaviour to not only me, but my family members. :) Help will be appreciated. :hail:
 

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how old is the dog?

I would have your mom be involved in training and feeding the dog to help the dog feel more comfortable. If she prefers a more calm human then your mom will also have to stay calm when interacting with the dog. Same with any other family members and I would start now. You need to leave the dog for short periods as well (starting now) so that hte others can work with him.
 

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Is this the little Bichon mix? I have a little guy who is timid if a loud voice is used. I suggest a softer voice and approach for the little guy. :) Some dogs are "soft" and loud noises can scare them. Also ... you need to remember that we humans look HUGE and scary to them.

My little guy always has to be up on top of something high ... like the top of a back of a chair or a counter top :/ ... to feel comfortable ... to get eye level with me? (Maybe that is his way of being comfortable with the size difference.) My little guy is only 12 pounds.

Allow your Mom to interract with him ... feed him, take him potty, walk him. You just got him and right now everything is new and scary to him. It will take him a while to settle in. He is new and scared. It can take a few months for him to really settle in and show his true colors.

If you would like to remove his toy for some reason or would like to touch his toy ... you need to trade up with a higher value one or a treat. This way he won't feel like he needs to guard his possessions ... also known as "resource guarding"

My little guy was like this. I just got him 3 months ago. He was about 10 months old. I was bitten a few times by him and his wanting to resource guard his toys. I used a hot dog cut into tiny pieces to trade toys with him. He is now good about it. He does not bite ... but sometimes it takes a whole lot of begging to get something out of his mouth. We are now working on "Leave it"

There are many good stickies in the training forum here that you can read .... very helpful.

Hope to see some pics soon! :D
 

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Is he sleeping on the bed with you? Sounds like these issues might be possessive rather than protective. This is a natural thing for them to develop, but it's up to you to curb the behavior and is much more easily done when they are still puppies. You need to make sure you don't give him any opportunities to get possessive of things. I would stop allowing him on furniture if he is allowed now. Once the behavior stops then you can choose if you want to let him again. Also control how and when he plays with his toys. Don't just give him his toys and leave them out for whenever he wants them. That will encourage him to guard. Use them as a reward and make sure he allows you to interact with them as well. You can do this with treats like another user suggested. Good luck!
 

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Oh, no. He sleeps in his kennel at the side of my bed (Like, very close, or else he cries. ) and is not allowed on furniture or carpet. Toys are scattered around the house, however.. but he is usually too busy following me around than playing with them. Useful tip! I'll take control of his toys. ;3
 
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