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Old 07-13-2018, 12:55 AM
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Suddenly over protective

I have a 4lb chihuahua that I’ve had for 11 years, since I was 8. I met my boyfriend 4 years ago and they’ve known each other for a while. For my first year of college, she actually stayed with him and I was upset she fell under his wing and looked forward to seeing him at the door more than me. But now that we have our own place (3 months living together ) she has been really over protective over me for the past week. She snaps at him randomly. Attacking his hand or face. It is not a threat however since she is small but she keeps her eye on her and doesn’t let him lay next to me. She has also been sleeping super close to me and between us all the time. Most of the time she does let him near her like for walks, food and cuddles but not when I’m there. What do you think? Has anyone had anything thing like in the past?
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:56 PM
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Not sure what might have suddenly clicked so she felt she needs to protect you, but if you want her to stop, you should make her give you space. Don't let her touch you unless you call her. When she tries to, move her to a different space (maybe a bed, pen, or crate if she has one). Don't let her sleep next to you. Don't hold or touch her after she's snapped at him (that can seem like praise for the snapping). If you do need to pick her up to get her away from him after snapping, hold her away from your body and don't pet or rub her at all.
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