Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

Our Sheltie is a wonderful dog and very obedient except he tends to be overly protective,...


Our Sheltie is a wonderful dog and very obedient except he tends to be overly protective, especially when I'm in the kitchen. If I rattle pots and pans, he charges into the kitchen, barking and growling and tries to move me away from the stove by nipping. He also attacks the stove. How can we break him of this?

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 10/31/2012 5:35:40 PM
There is a good chance that the sound is actually hurting his ears and he is trying to protect you from the pain. There could also be some other reasons. Bringing him in the kitchen before you start cooking and keeping him in there until you are done will help him see that you are ok. Give him treats out of the pans he attacks will show him that the pans can be a good thing. Putting treats on the stove and then show him where they are coming from when you feed him. "Involve" him in the cooking process as much as possible, show him it is a good thing (with treats), and have him practice his sit stays and lieing down and staying (start on a leash) while you are cooking too. It never hurts to consult a good dog training book or trainer in person.
    Answered by wywildfire - 11/12/2012 2:10:11 PM
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