If your dog is overprotective of you, this post will show you why it might be true and what you can do about it.So why is my dog protecting me so much? The reason your dog is considered overly protected is that it is deliberately or carelessly trained that way, because it was not so sociable as a puppy, it is not trusting other people or pets or is naturally overprotected. However, there are many things you can consider to help you understand the exact reason.
Why your dog is so protecting you
Each of the different reasons your dog is protected probably comes with some signs of how it does it. Below you’ll find out why your dog is doing it and why each is more likely.
I think you’re in danger.
The reason your dog protects you excessively may be because you think you are in danger. This is more likely if you are talking to people that you have never met before, if someone else does it when you are on your property or when someone touches you. In this case, it will help you listen to your commands, train it using positive reinforcement training, and train it to avoid negative reinforcement. Each is described below.
it was abused when young
It is also possible that because you were abused as a puppy, you may not have much faith in others or been trained to be aggressive by your previous owner. It’s more likely if you recently adopted it from a shelter. In this case, it will help provide a lot of training, as described below. It may also be worth asking for the guidance of a dog activist or trainer.
Your dog may be very protected naturally. This would be more likely if it is a breed known for always behaving that way and that it is overly protected as a German Shepherd. Even if protected naturally, training will allow dogs to behave better around other people and dogs. I’ll show you some of the things you can do below.
it was rewarded
You may be encouraging action by giving you what you want when you do it. If you tend to give something like extra attention, toys and sweets when you become overly protective, you might be doing more to get paid more. Instead, it rewards you when you behave the way you want, and helps you avoid rewarding when you don’t want it.
It was not very sociable from an early age.
Puppies naturally explore the world a lot and learn about what they shouldn’t trust while they are puppies. If your dog could not touch other people or dogs as puppies, they may not have learned that they can usually be trusted.
Things to consider
Below are some things you can consider to understand why your dog does it.
when it does
Timing can be relevant, so it helps you think about when and where dogs tend to be overly protected. It’s normal for a dog to be more protective when a stranger is at home. But it could be if you are reinforcing it by giving what you want when it starts to be overly protected. On the other hand, if your dog does it when you pass others on a walk, it is likely to be due to it being enhanced, not becoming sociable as a puppy or not being trained to go better. This is a more serious problem and should be stopped in training as shown below.
when it first started it
It also helps to consider when your dog first began to be overly protected because there may have been an event that caused your dog to start it. If it suddenly starts it, it could be due to things such as learning to get rewarded when doing it or someone abusing it.
How to stop protecting your dog so much
Below are the number of options your dog has when it’s harder to protect you.
Train others or dogs to associate rewards
One option you have is to train your dog to associate other dogs and people with rewards. By doing so, you should be able to get a positive and aggressive response to seeing other people or dogs. To do this, you start giving your dog special candy when you are approaching other dogs or people to it, and stop when your dog starts to become aggressive to them. By doing this, you will learn that being aggressive around other dogs does not get rewarded.
train it to hear your command
If you haven’t already given it much training, it will help you start by training it to sit down or stay or do things like that. Doing so should make you more sensitive to your commands and make it easier to control when you are around other people or dogs.
Avoid negative reinforcement
As mentioned earlier, it may have strengthened the action by giving what it wants when it begins. Instead, it rewards you when you behave the way you want and helps to avoid rewarding it when it starts to be overly protected.
Get help from dog activists
If you can’t stop it or it becomes aggressive, it will help you seek dog trainer or activist guidance in your area. In doing so, you should be able to see how your dog can behave better around people in a safer way.