Hi guys! Decided to join up here for some advice.
A few months ago, I adopted a Husky/Shepherd female named Sasha. She was on the emergency list and I managed to adopt her only days before her euthanasia. She's a wonderful dog 90% of the time.
The society said that she was a returned pet of at least three different people. I assume perhaps that most people have unrealistic expectations of dogs due to their depictions in fictional media of just being humans who look like dogs.
Sasha is a great dog except for a few bad habits. Her primary problem is that when she is resting or sleeping, she acts out aggressively if bothered. She sleeps in an extra-large crate at the back of my house at night. Unfortunately, she's gained the habit of aggressively acting out when I try to fasten the Kennel door. She will lunge and bite at my hand as I'm closing the door. She will also bear her teeth and growl if you simply look at her while she's in the kennel or sleeping around the kennel in the back room.
I don't know what her history is, beyond having been abused and neglected by her first owner.
I will admit that I did act aggressively with her only one time. After a month of her being fine with my cat, she suddenly attacked the cat and began to shake it. I struck her to save the cat(the cat needed medical attention and is fine). I have separated the cat and dog in my household so that it will not be a problem again. Otherwise, I have never shown her aggression. I just don't think this is the reason she is acting out while in or around her kennel. The rest of the time, she is completely lovable and comfortable with me.
I also have another dog of the same breed mix that is the complete opposite of her, having been adopted at a much younger age after very minimal abuse. She's also a rescue dog, which we named Claire. The two get along fine most of the time. Sasha's only aggression towards Claire has been when she is sleeping near or around the kennel, or over the food bowls(to which I will take the food bowl away and request that Sasha 'sit' to earn it back).
Any help is appreciated. I don't really understand why she acts this way with us.
This is Sasha on adoption day, with Claire in the background =)