Guest jaxshumans Posted January 27, 2016 Share Posted January 27, 2016 Hi everyone, Hoping someone can help us out with Jax's new behavior. We've had him for almost 6 months -- he is 6 years old and was a racer until about a year ago. When we first got him, he showed absolutely no signs of aggression. We would pet him while on his bed, we would lay down on it with him, pet him while he was sleeping, all of it. No sleep startling, no space aggression, nothing. The only time we ever heard him growl was once when we tried to take his rawhide away, and after that we have been able to trade it out for a treat and he's fine with it. We took him with us to Massachusetts (from Maryland) for Christmas to stay at my boyfriend's parents house with us. That's when the occasional aggression would start. He had three incidents of biting either guests or us during that two week trip, but he was laying on his bed each time so we attributed it to him feeling vulnerable in a new environment and people violating his space. We told everyone to leave him alone unless he came to them. His behavior started going back to normal when we got back home, but we have had a couple similar instances since being back. This morning my boyfriend went over to pet him while he was laying in bed, and Jax wagged his tail and brought his head up to receive pets and rolled over on his back for belly pets like he always does. Then out of nowhere (no growling or warning) he lunged up and bit him. We've only ever scolded him for growling once, before we read that we should avoid doing that. Since then if he growls, we immediately stop whatever we are doing and leave him alone, so we know he is still ok with growling. The lack of warning is concerning. The only thing we can think of is that we should just leave him completely alone when he's laying down, but it's just odd because we never had this problem until we went out of town with him. Could that have changed something with him? The only other environmental factor that is the same between the two situations is that both in Massachusetts and the past week here in Maryland, there has been a ton of snow and ice outside that has limited his walks. Could this behavior be exacerbated by that? (Although he did have a nail cauterized once a few months ago and the vet said not to walk him for a week, and he never showed aggression during that time. So I'm not sure if it is the exercise...) Thanks for any advice...we of course want to do what is best for him and will give him his space, we just don't understand why this never happened for the first four months we had him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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