Dear Cathy: Our twelve year old, 13 pound male Schnoodle has always slept in bed with us. Last year during the pandemic shutdown, my wife was home 24/7. The dog became very attached to her during those months. Since they often go to bed before me, he now growls nastily when I enter the room and approach the bed. What can you suggest we do to remedy this situation? —Robert, Long Island, New York
Dear Robert: Your dog’s age and sudden change in behavior are cause for concern. Please have your dog examined by a veterinarian to rule out any health issues. If your dog receives a clean bill of health, you can fix the behavior problem.
You didn’t say, but hopefully when your dog “grunts loudly” at you, your wife will immediately say “no” to the dog in a very stern voice and quickly put the dog down or out of the room. , if necessary. Since the dog is protecting her, she must let him know that the behavior is unacceptable each time he does this and for as long as it takes him to figure out that he won’t be able to sleep in the bed if he continues to act. so. way.
Over the next few weeks, you should take care of her to renew your bond. Feed him, give him treats, walk him, play with him, watch television with him, and groom him. You should also introduce obedience training throughout the day, so he learns to respect you as the leader.