I'm new to this forum, but not to poodles. I currently have an 18 mo old black, male miniature neamed Baxter. He's the 4th poodle that I've owned in my life. Baxter is the first male that I've had and he's attached to me especially, but loves every memebr of the family. He's the most intelligent dos that I've owned and he's just beautiful. However, I'm having some behaviorial issues that have popped up in the last week (things I've never encountered with any previous dog, but I've always owned females).
He's become territorial and somewhat aggressive. Last week a friend was visiting my son and they were play fighting. They came into the room where Baxter, the child's mother and I was and Baxter preceded to bite the other child! He jumped up and bite him above his ear, but didn't break the skin. I was horrified and the child's Mom was standing right there to add to my enbarassement! Baxter was protecting my son (he didn't know they were playing), but it shocked me. Since then I've noticed more agression (barking with an undertone of growling) whenever people visit (and we have many visitors). A little while ago he tried to nip me when I went to pick him up! I've had dogs my whole life and have never had this issue. What should I do?