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I need to know if I'm handling this the right way or not.*

When you hear me say 'mouthing', she isn't attacking Sunny. She is forcibly grabbing/letting go of mouth, pushing in to him at times. She isn't showing teeth or making noises but I know she isn't being %100 friendly here.

Serenity has issues and one of them is being a tad possessive over me and over things in my room, towards Sunny (not me). She had a issue with my chair months back and would mouth/growl at Sunny if I sat on it and had her with me. I dealt with that by now allowing ether of them near me when on that chair but if I did let them near the chair, it could only be one by one if I was on it or if they were on it, together (she only guarded it when I was on it).

A while back (over 4 months ago) Serenity attacked Sunny for jumping on the bed after she warned him not to. I should have corrected the problem right away so the fight was my fault. She gave us both plenty of warnings.

So, she has ever so slowly starting being a tad more possessive lately.

Lately (in the past week), if Serenity gets on the bed first, she will try and block Sunny/mouth his mouth to keep him off the bed. Though, after I told her off, she chased him to the futon and did it before she bullied him off there and cornered him in a corner, she got in to trouble and she backed off. This has happened twice now. I corrected this and now she isn't allowed on the bed at the moment.

What is bothering me right now is she is starting to do this bullying more. I just came in my room, shut the door and she starts on him, again. She did this right in front of me, on the ground This bothers me highly since it's as soon as we came in the room. She did this the other day too. He is uncomfortable and I can see that and I don't like it.*

I have been telling her 'No' and if she doesn't listen, I will tell her again and generally push her away. I don't know what else to do when she's doing it on the floor, she isn't being possessive over the futon/bed so I can't ban her from anything.

What more can I do? She has only been doing it when it's time for bed, no other times. It's really starting to bother me now and I don't want this to become worse.

Thank you.
 

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I'm not an expert, so someone with more experience may chime in and correct me but it sounds like there is a bit of a leadership problem here. It sounds like Serenity is running the show (or thinks she is) and your other dog isnt asserting itself. You need to protect the other dog and correct Serenity's behaviour because the other dog may decide one day its had enough and the last thing you want is them "fighting it out" between each other. Lots of people here don't like pack theory but I do think dogs have a natural sense of structure and hierarchy. You need to be the leader and set some boundaries, the good news is we have thumbs and powerful brains so we have all the tools to take charge of the situation without resorting to violence. Giving her a 'time out' after the first sign of bullying might help. Also you could practice having Sunny jump on the bed while Serenity is watching and correct bad behaviour/reward good. Is she crate trained? Maybe you could put her in her crate to sleep and keep the door closed at first and then open it and reward her for staying in there and suppressing the impulse to defend the bed area. I think your decision not to allow her on the bed for now is a good one. Maybe you can slowly work up to it as her tolerance builds.

My dog has growled once or twice when he is on my lap and another dog comes over, I dealt with that by saying "no" and telling him "off" my lap and then invited the other dog over. I also practised having him near me and slowly bringing the other dog forward while praising him for good behaviour.

Hopefully some of that is helpful to you, maybe some of the more experienced owners/trainers here can add ideas.
 

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Please ignore the above advice.

What you are seeing is called "resource guarding". It's totally normal for dogs and easily dealt with. this is a great discussion on resource guarding and how to fix it.

Do not ever train a dog not to growl. Growling is good. It's a warning. "I don't like this, I may bite if it continues." If you remove the growl, all the dog has left is the bite. 99 times out of 100, when someone says their dog bit without warning, either they missed the warning, or they taught their dog not to give warnings.
 
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