Hi, We have this lovely female hound 1 y/o, (DJ) We have had her for 4 months. Recently spayed. We've had some episodic growling when we would try to put her to bed (the routine is she falls asleep on the couch with us, usually by 8:00 pm, then we pick her up by 9:00 , we used to let her stay up later, and carry her, place her in the crate in our master bathroom). She's never been a fan of the crate and the only time we use it is bedtime or travel. She's been passive aggressive about being taken to the crate, i.e. "playing dead" not helping arise to be picked up. Lately, she is consistently growling when I (the male in the house) attempt to rouse her from the couch. Last night she fell asleep at our feet and I decided not to let her sleep till 9:00. She growled and I followed her to another room. She growled again as I approached. Then I tried teasing/ leading her with a treat but she would not go near the crate. She left once I got near the crate knowing what I was up to and I just ran and grabbed her by the collar while she was walking away and led and pushed her in. We were taking the collar off at night but now we need it for behavior control.(she has always needed a little push in). Once in she's fine for the night even if we get up and go in to use the bathroom. We try verbal loud, "NO" but to no avail. I don't want to push and escalate or for her to bite.
Any thoughts are appreciated. And yes she is a spoiled prima donna, house dog, sweet as can be, but all Basenji.
I'm wondering if I should try to just structure the bedtime earlier, before she even settles on the couch or has a chance to go to sleep, and take her by the collar (not pick up) and lead her at an early time like 7:00. She may whine some, but she is walked twice a day, and chases squirrels all day in the yard, so she is TIRED at night, once asleep she is out.