Dog suddenly showing guarding behavior.

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We've had two fixed female dogs for 2-3 years now. They will guard bones against each other, but not me. They share toys and beds without issue.

Recently we brought a cat into the house. I knew this would be tricky for a number of reasons, but I didn't expect my smaller dog to start guarding the cat from the other dog. She'll put her body over the cat(small 8 weeks) and growl if the other dog approaches.

Last night this same dog was sleeping on my daughter's bed, which she does often, and growled at my daughter when she changed sleeping position and pushed the dog a bit. My daughter knows not to punish or escalate, so she came and got me, and I told the dog to sleep in her crate for the night. She complied without issue.

Both of these incidents are firsts, and obviously the cat has something to do with it. I really don't want this to progress to other things.

Where would you go from here?

Both dogs have perfect recall and will die for treats, so my plan is to start directing and rewarding where I want them at certain times more. When they want to sleep on a bed, I'll redirect to the crate and reward. When they want to sit on the couch, I'll redirect to the dog beds and reward. When they're a little too interested in following the cat around, I'll ask for a sit/stay, and reward.

Any ideas?

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