Aggressive puppy only when my husband is around

by Sherry
(Louisville, KY.)

Our 9 month old pup that is a rescue from the local shelter and part pug, chihuahua, Brussels Griffin, she is sweet and loving when it's just she and I.

She is sweet and loving when it's just her and my husband. And yes, is a total daddy's girl, she adores my husband and follows him everywhere like a little shadow, except when he travels for work - then she's moms little girl. But when my husband is home and I walk in the room she goes nuts and growls nonstop, and bites if I try to talk to her or touch her. I am so com concerned because she's getting worse and it's hard for my husband and I to even be in the same room because she will not stop growling. Bed time is terrible, she growls for the first hour, but then she finally stops, unless I move or get up she starts the growling again and then wakes everyone up and it makes for a bad situation all together.

We've tried everything under the sun to discipline her but nothing is working.

Any suggestions would be very great fully appreciated.

Thank you,

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Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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