Hello everyone - I'm pleased to find this forum, lots of great information on here.
I am currently dogsitting an adult chihuahua, for the next 10 days or so. This particular dog has many positive qualities, such as being 100% housebroken and friendly with strangers. However, the dog has not been well-trained in terms of commands or, especially, in terms of possessiveness issues. It is very much the "alpha" in its household.
In particular, the dog is extremely possessive of its bed (which the owners left with me). Any attempt to claim it or any items inside it (tennis balls etc.) results in aggression, nipping/biting, etc.
My question for all of you experts is - would it be better to remove the bed entirely from the environment (i.e., put it in a closet), while I have the dog staying with me? And encourage the dog through positive reinforcement to become comfortable with other locations in the house (blanket, chair, etc.)? Or should I just bite the bullet and allow the dog's "alpha" tendencies to play themselves out, since it's just a short-term dogsitting engagement?
I look forward to your advice. Thanks!!