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Old 04-24-2018, 06:32 AM
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Dog aggression but only at night when the dog is tired????

My dog that is 5 months old gets very aggressive towards myself and my family when she is tired/sleepy at night and will growl, snarl and even lash out at anyone that goes near her when she is trying to sleep or is tired. She is a perfectly fine, friendly, really smart and well behaved dog during the day and is completely fine around people and other dogs so we have no idea what causes this or how to fix it?

Any help would be amazing as we want to fix this so we aren’t having to tiptoe around our lovey family pet at night to avoid a possible bite and we definitely don’t want to have to give her up.

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If you haven't already, crate train her. Then encourage her to rest there diring the day when tired and also have her sleep inside at night. Doing so will keep her out of your wayso you don't have bother her as much when she is tired and will likely reduce her feeling the need to bark/growl.
You could even cover with a blanket to give her more privacy.

Training wise, you'll likely do best working with a good trainer.
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...6/#post1347266

To start, you are likely to need to do some counterconditioning. In this case you would likely have food in pockets all day so that you can drop or gently toss a piece everytime you are walking around/need to pass when she is relaxing.

A trainer is likely to have additional exercises for you to work on and can give you in person help.

And last suggestion, get to the vet for a thorough exam. In particular, I would want to have eyes checked, look for potential pain in the body, and possibly a thyroid panel.
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Yeah she is crate trained as she sleeps in her crate at night and even if she is in her crate and we try to shut the door or walk past she growls and barks so we are going to get a vets opinion if nothing else works
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