HELP with Rage :(
Let me preface this by saying she is completely stable to be out in public/go to the vets/meet strangers, children, what have you. She is a typical Plott - if you're not me she has a passing interest in you but will not go out of her way to make human friends at the dog park - she basically ignores people.
That said, she is very odd towards my boyfriend (who I've been with for years & she has lived with since April.) I'd say a large part of the time she's fine - he's really tightened up NILIF with her and she obeys commands REALLY well for him (I'd say she's FAR less likely to break a stay with him than with me) but like, at night when he walks by her crate she growls. About 50% of the time when he goes to put her IN her crate, she growls, and actually lunges at him (his finger slipped through the wire door the other day and she actually nailed him) - but she goes into it fine (she loves her crate... dives right in, whatever.). If she's sitting by the couch and he comes in from outside, she barks. If we come in from the dog park & he's sitting on the couch, she will occasionally bark.
I don't get it, and it's starting to bug me, after she actually made contact with his finger the other day. I have NEVER been worried about her even looking at me threateningly - it's really just him/other strange men IN OUR HOUSE (NO issues in public!)
I was thinking when she runs upstairs & dives in the crate, to have him call her back out, sit for a treat, down for a treat, and a controlled re-entry to the crate. I said "she is clearly uncomfortable with you near her crate so we need to associate you being near her crate with good things!" He said "but then I'll be rewarding her for being an a$$hole." Which is really not my idea at all, it would be rewarding when she's not growling but whatever.
If you read all that, please help yourself to a cookie and either tell me I've got the right idea, or give me a better suggestion! lol
UKC GRCH 'PR' Hannas Creek Liz
CH CCH CA 'PR' Jebb's Bayou Rage OFA Hips: Good
And the "off-colored" hounds:
Daisy Duke Garrett CGC, RA & my <3 dog (basset)
UKC GRCH CCH 'PR' Skyplott Teddy Bearhug (5/2004 - 3/2014)
UKC CH CCH 'PR' Hannas Creek Irresistible You
'PR' Dead River K-N-A Swagger - the BAD puppy!
(and Autumn, the feist.)