Our 8 month old puppy has certainly kept us on our toes since we have had her as a puppy at 7 weeks. We have faced numerous issues. Her resource guarding behaviour has increased since she has finished her 1st heat. So we noticed that she was becoming increasingly protective about things she thought were valuable to her. Any type of rubbish she found from the bin, some of her toys and left over biscuits and chews etc. We have managed this behaviour by trading things with high value treats and by not leaving any of her toys/chews out. When she has finished playing with them they are put away. We were dealing with this quite well..... today she displayed another type of behaviour which worries me alot. Maggie was on the sofa with my daughter and I went over to pick something up. Maggie stood straight up and barked very loudly at me as if I should not be approaching. Her tail was wagging but she was definitely not happy about me getting nearer. I told my daughter to ignore her and I sat on the edge of the sofa arm ignoring her as well and did not make any eye contact. Within seconds she came over and started wanting to cuddle etc. I then got up and walked away. I told my daughter to leave the sofa and I went and sat down. Then told my daughter to approach without any eye contact, and again Maggie did exactly the same. Tail wagging but bark definitely said, I am not happy about you getting closer. My daughter sat next to me and again Maggie was happy and cuddling next to her. It seems it is the approach to the sofa or person she doesn't like. Is she now guarding anyone she is sitting with? How do we manage this behaviour? I am stressing about it as we leave Saudi on Saturday for 6 weeks and our helper will be looking after her! We will not be around for a while so am hoping that maybe this will be a positive thing as she won't have time for this behaviour to be embedded. What do you all think? So sorry for the eassy!