I am a member of this website because I have a just about 7 year old female doberman named Rosetta. However, I am also the mommy of an 11 month old male Shepherd Pit Mix named Capone who was brought home by my son without my prior knowledge
when he was 4 weeks old. So all of us have adapted pretty well, especially my girl Rosetta. However, recently Capone has been acting aggressive at night in our room. I do let him on my bed while we are watching television at night. He lays at the end of our bed and suckles on his blanket, chews a bone, or just rests. Recently though he started to turn around and growl and show his teeth to either my husband or myself if we pat him. He has nipped my husband. I have scolded him like you would if you were disappointed in your child's behavior by speaking firmly without yelling or being aggressive back. Eventually he slides off the bed and lays on the floor. My Rosetta did this when she was a pup and I honestly don't know what I did to correct it. It sort of went away on it's own too.
Next, is the morning issue which ties in to the evening issue. Capone gets up with Rosetta and my husband early in the morning (I am on summer vacation from work) and has his morning round of bathroom, carrots, play, etc., then while my husband gets ready for work Capone jumps in bed with me. This week my husband cannot even get close to the bed to say goodbye to me because Capone lunges toward him barking and growling. I am really concerned and am trying to figure out what to do.
Capone has done some weird and random guarding in the past over objects. I had my family over last weekend and my niece has a new baby. Capone sat near the baby seat and guarded it. He growled when anyone went near it and barked at Rosetta too (who was like, "yeah...go ahead pal, try me!"). So I kept trying to redirect him because I was concerned for the baby.
Can anyone help me with this issue? I am on the verge of contacting a trainer, but felt like someone here could give me some guidance. Thank you!