Territorial Behavior in Dogs – How to Handle a Territorial Pekingese


Territorial behavior in dogs occur for a lot of reasons, but as always, there is something that your could do in order to prevent your dog from misbehaving. While still a puppy, it is ideal that you would socialize him a lot. And being an assertive owner, you can also stop his aggression behavior even if he is already an adult. Time, safety precautions and patience are the three most important things when it comes to dealing with a dog that is territorial.

Territorial Behavior Signs:

  • Barking and charging at the fence if other people or dogs pass by.
  • Urinating things during walks or the ones in the yard.
  • Low, guttural growl given to the person or animal approaching/entering your property.
  • Aggression towards other dogs or person when entering your property.
  • Growling or barking at dogs or people when you take him for a drive.
  • Stiff body language, hard eye contact with the people who you allow to enter your house or yard.

Territorial Behavior in Dogs – How to Handle a Territorial Pekingese

Territorial Behavior in Dogs

Territorial behavior in dogs can lead to aggression, not only to the Dog’s family but also to children and members of the public. This behavior can be an attempt by the Dog to establish its Pack Leadership over its Human Pack. This behavior is more likely to be exhibited in an entire male Dog than a female Dog although it sometimes does occur.

This behavior must be thwarted by one carer exhibiting Pack Leadership over the Dog’s inappropriate aggressive and intimidating behavior, in a firm, educated and respectful manner.

Source: Wolf Web, http://www.wolfweb.com.au/acd/territorial.html by Janet Crease


Reprimanding violently like shouting or hitting him won’t help remedy the situation. If you instill fear in him, it would worsen the situation since he would eng up being more aggressive. Another misconception is that people tend to generalize that all terriitorial dogs are bad. That is not so. Most of the time there is a reason on why a certain dog would turn out that way, however dogs are innately good, peace-loving creatures not unless someone trained them to be bad.


If you go to your vet, he would advice you to give medications to your dog. Think about this 100 times and try to look for an alternative first. Drugs that are mood enhancers will affect his liver thus posing a health hazard in the near future for your pet. I suggest you try using flower essences like lavender and chamomile since it has calming effects as well as safe and non-toxic for your dog.


If you want to end your dog’s territorial behavior, then step up and show him that you are the pack leader and not him. Like what Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer) would advised  Be always calm and assertive in dealing with territorial dogs. Temporarily put a harness and muzzle on him until changes are observable. Get a modern muzzle that are designed more comfortably. Take him on a walk and be sure that you are the one ahead of him. If he is aggressive towards your visitors, then put him behind the gate until he calms down and let him sniff your visitors through his muzzle. One way to prevent this nasty behavior is to socialize your dog a lot when he is still a puppy.

Territorial behavior in dogs is considered as a normal behavior by the experts since they are known to be protecting everything that they believe to be theirs. Dogs are bred to protect and sadly sometimes it is the issue of training and learned behavior. If you are a responsible pet parent, then right from the start you know what to do so that later on your dog won’t be posing any behavioral issues. A dog doesn’t only need food, shelter and toys; they greatly need your affection, time, love and proper training.

Is your pekingese territorial? I know some who are territorial but not that aggressive.  Tell us your story so that we can also learn from your experience.




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  1. My 9 year old peke, Marley, is a very territorial guy. He has always been very possessive of me and does not like when other dogs come around me. He will bark and snap at them, and gets very upset. He has been this way since he was a puppy. He interacted well playing with other dogs until he was about 2. He would play fine, but if the other dog came to me for attention, Marley quickly stepped in. He has been my love and companion and seems to have single ‘single child syndrome.’ I recently took in a deceased friends dog, Gage, a 6 year old English Bulldog in March. Gage did not have options of any other homes, as he was becoming aggressive towards family members due to his rapid change in environment and being unfamiliar with his current care takers. Gage had a bit of an adjustment period, but is now sweet and content. Marley does not like Gage and will circle him and snap at him. I have tried every way suggested to me so that they may live together without wanting to kill each other. Marley is the aggressor and will not stop his behavior. I currently keep my English Bulldog kenneled when I am at work, and separate them with a gate once I get home. I am hoping that as time passes, Marleys aggression and territorial tendencies will lessen, but it is doubtful. My vet has informed me that due to Marley being an older little guy, they tend to be set in their ways and the Peke breed is very prideful. He has no other aggression issues, except when encountering another dog- male or female. I am still keeping my fingers crossed that someday is will become easier.

  2. Hello! I love my pekingese very dearly, but he can be very territorial! I cannot put my face anywhere near his face because he will immediately snap at my nose and upper lip. Everyone in my house has been bitten by him. He attacks my dad sometimes when he takes his leash off. I’ll enter my parents’ room, which is where his food and water, and his bed is, where he spends a lot of his time, and he’ll growl and bare his teeth at me when I just look at him. I want to hug him so badly, but there’s a good chance that he’ll bite me if I try to hug him. He goes under the bed a lot and on the bed, and he growls when people walk in the hallway. I love him so much and I wish that he would return to being the loving, harmless dog he was when he was a puppy.

  3. Hello there,
    I am dating a dog behavioural and our peke was socialized at 8 weeks. My boyfriend and I always make sure we enter every entrance first. I do not EVER let her run ahead of me on walks until she is calm on the lead. It is not CUTE behaviuor, a dog is a dog and the pekingese is ‘cute’, I love them, but it is a dog underneath and biting is ansolutely disgraceful.
    Dogs absolutely do not live in the past, they live in the moment so you can be the ‘pack leader’ and begin immediately.
    When she growls at you, she is desperately needing someone assertive to take control as these small sensitive dogs need assurance. It is too big a burden for a pekingese to take on pack leader status. Every dog needs calm, assertive energy. Start by lead walking, short lead, behind or beside you. It took me almost an hr for my peke to unerstand. Pull up slightly, just a tiny quick snap of the hand when she tries to run ahwad or pull. Lead her, let her always follow.
    When she growls, do not make eye contact with her. Kneel beside herand no not touch or talk to her. Let her surrender her ‘space’ to you by backing off. When she isn’t growling and seems calmer, reward her with a treat then back off. Do not feed her until she sits, every single time. Manually sit her with your hand first gently. Never shout. Your anger will make you seem unbalanced to her and she will only follow calm energy.
    No no feed her until she has given you some space, if she approaches her bowl, do not give it her until she is calm, has stopped growling etc. Never give in, dogs can live for days without food so hold back and she will begin to understand she can not be aggressive when she wants to eat. YOU control meal times, she is deepy, deeply unhappy when she is being aggressive so you must be the leader. She will feel calmer and happier when you start these simple routines.
    Never let her jump on you until you say. Never let her paw you, bark at you or growl. EVER. If she does, she is in an unhappy place. Be consistent. It took me months. My 1 year-old peke is very, very friendly, knows tricks and never growls or barks etc. She sits before she tries to jump up but it wasn’t always like this.
    Don’t give up….. oh, and try massaging your peke gently (never on the bone), lay her on her side and touch her cheeks gently to get her in a submissive state as often as possible.

  4. vic olano says:

    We were asked to take care of a pekingese pair coz the owners cant seem to breed them. The owners only sent us food money and we dont even get paid for board and lodging. We have two other female dogs and a 6 mo. old male- shih tzus. The owners never bothered to visit our place to check on their dogs. When finally the pekingese bitch gave birth to 4 litters, having two other motherly shih tzus around, she became very territorial. The peki bitch would always remove her litters from the nesting box and find some dark hidden spots. Having seen her settled down, we slept for the night coz of two night’s lack of sleep. By morning, we found two puppies died. We guessed from stress of being moved around. We took photos and and video of the two 2-day old dead puppies and sent them to the owner.After that we intervened with the bitch’s feeding routines when she showed signs of moving her 2 live puppies again. Then out of nowhere, the dog owners accused us of stealing and selling the 2 puppies. WTF! Noone would sell or buy 2-day old puppies! And we wouldnt have the time nor the patience to find exactly two white 2-day old pekingese dead pups to shoot and film. So we told them to get all their dogs. We were pissed. We did them a favor, we didnt charge. Imagine 8 mos and all we get are stupid accussations. They even bully and harrass us through facebook posts and sms.

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