First off, my Beagle -Maple- is a three year old neutered male. He is well trained in my eyes, good manners, listens well, but we have an ongoing, random issue. Stormy is the three year old female spayed cat. I got them about seven months apart, so they've known eachother almost all of their lives. The cat was first.
I was laying in my bed studying. My cat and dog were at the foot of my bed, spaced a bit from eachother. They were both sleeping to the best of my knowledge. Out of nowhere Maple begins growling(a get away from my stuff growl- which he does when she gets near his food). I look up at him and he has this strange stare looking away from Stormy. I say his name- no response.. louder.. no response, so i tapped his back thigh to get his attention. Big mistake. Stormy jumps off the bed.. Maple turns his head toward me and lowers himself a little, getting a deeper growl. I considered that he might attack me. That's how intense his evilness appeared. I get off the bed, keeping my eye on him. Then I remember all the books that I've read and the one I like best said to remove him from the situation. I change my tone- acting like nothing happened- telling him to get in the kennel. He did so, and willingly. After about five minutes he starts whining. I ignore him and when he quiets down I let him out. Then he is fine with everything. He has done similar acts before, unprevoked that I can tell. They are far apart.. the only thing I can think of that happened is Stormy might of stretched out to pat him with her paw to play and it startled him(maybe she scratched him..).
Well, anyone please offer some training tips that do not include violence. I lost myself in tapping him. That wasn't something I normally do.
I think your dog was simply trying to show dominance, over you and the cat. A sharp reprimand was in order, and he should not have been allowed to sleep on the bed, that night. Dogs will find little ways to exert their dominance over you, and you may not recognize the behaviour as such. I would just stay on top of him, and never let him get away with dominant behaviour. Good luck.
thanks to all for replying. the day after i posted, i decided he was being possesive- after reading my training books- over 'his' bed, since he sleeps in it. you're right, that night i did not allow him to sleep with me. i've considered him to be possesive since he was around one. i didn't neuter him until he was 1 1/2... thanks again