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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Stealing treats, please help

Not exactly sure if this belongs on this thread or not but I need some help. We brought Vader home a few weeks ago now and he's been so much better than I could even imagine! However, my roommate has a 2 year old pit/lab mix (Chloe) who was never trained more than to potty outside and sit when she feels like it. I like to give Vader bully sticks and antlers to chew on and he loves them. I bought one for each of them and Chloe chews through hers in a matter of minutes, where Vader will make his last for days... Until Chloe steals it. She does this with everything he plays with or eats reguardless of whether she has her own or not. I cannot afford to keep buying these treats if Chloe can't stop stealing them but I have no clue how to go about stopping the behavior.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 01:56 PM
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It's not your responsibility to correct or train your roommate's dog.

I'd find another roommate because it doesn't sound as if your current roommate cares two cents.

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Give him his treats in a crate so he can eat it in peace. Eventually, you will have a resource guarder if this keeps on.

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You're probably not going to get anywhere with training the dog, since your roommate won't reinforce anything you teach it.... the easiest solution is to keep the dogs separate during treat or toy time.
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When I lived with a roommate we both had dogs and our own rules. One of the rules was keeping treats separated (my dog got her treats, her dog got her treats, etc), so long lasting treats were locked in Jazzy's crate for her and she was able to access them when she was in the crate while the other dog never touched them.

You can train both dogs, but realistically it doesn't sound like your roommate is going to go for that so just let your dog have his treat and take it away and store it when he's finished. Don't leave them lying around anymore


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Those sound like a great start however I use these toys and treats to redirect his attention from chewing on the furniture so keeping all toys and treats in the crate is not an option. My roommate is more than willing to train now that she sees how difficult she is to handle and the fact that she has a baby on the way. When she got the dog it was a gift for her husband who only wanted to play with the puppy and ignored training completely all for her to do. So she is very willing to train and understands that it's her fault and that correcting will be hard.
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Keep them separated. Let your dog enjoy the treat in peace and comfort and let the other dog owner worry about his dog.

Almost like kids, you can't just let one kid be a menace and then chalk it up to 'kids being kids' while your kid is the one being menaced. In my case I've learned to give our chihuahua his treat first while we have Daisy sitting somewhere a bit further away. The chihuahua knows to take his little treat to his kennel and eat it there and then we give Daisy hers as long as she isn't overly hyper. She eats hers super fast and then goes to the kennel to find some leftovers but by then the chihuahua is done with his too. He needed to learn that as well cause when we first started giving them both treats, he would drop it in front of him and start taking little bites and she'd run over once she was done and take what was left lol

Poor little guy, he would look at us for help and we would just laugh. I'd give him another piece but this time we would make sure Daisy wasn't around.
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