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Old 02-09-2014, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mason is 15weeks now and he gets aggressive with his bone. He will sometimes growl at me and ill take it away from him. He actually bit my brother, we overlooked it because he is still a pup. Any ideas on how to train him on this particular problem?
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When you give him the bone, make him sit, then give the bone telling him to take. Walk past a few times, don't make an issue out of walking past, just ignore him. After a little while, go up to him with a treat (choose something really yummy like a piece of roasted chicken or even a little bit of hot dog meat) and place in front of his nose to get his attention then make him sit, pick up his bone and reward him with the yummy treat, then give him is bone telling him to take. Try this a few times whilst eating the same bone and be consistent - do this every time he gets a bone, don't tease him and keep doing this so that you will eventually be able to just take the bone and he will trust you enough to know that you taking his bone is fine and you will give it back to him. It is all about building trust with your dog, ask your brother to participate too.
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When you give him the bone, make him sit, then give the bone telling him to take. Walk past a few times, don't make an issue out of walking past, just ignore him. After a little while, go up to him with a treat (choose something really yummy like a piece of roasted chicken or even a little bit of hot dog meat) and place in front of his nose to get his attention then make him sit, pick up his bone and reward him with the yummy treat, then give him is bone telling him to take. Try this a few times whilst eating the same bone and be consistent - do this every time he gets a bone, don't tease him and keep doing this so that you will eventually be able to just take the bone and he will trust you enough to know that you taking his bone is fine and you will give it back to him. It is all about building trust with your dog, ask your brother to participate too.
Thank you I will do this first thing tomorrow morning. Appreciate the help!
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Screwing with him while he's trying to guard it makes the behavior worse. Taking it away was the exact opposite of the right thing to do.

If you want to fix this you have to gain trust and show him that you two are not in conflict. Start hand feeding every meal for a while. Take his bowl away. Stand over him with the food in your hand and say his name. When he makes eye contact mark it with a yes or whatever you want to use and then feed him a few pieces. When he looks you in the eye again repeat and give more food. Then after enough reps of that put the empty bowl in front of him. When he gives you eye contact you reach into the bowl and place some pieces of kibble in for him to eat. He eats it makes eye contact "asking" for more food you reach back in and drop some more.

He won't guard the bowl from you at that point anymore because he is essentially asking you to put more food in and you are not in conflict. Whereas your approach to the bowl meant a bad thing as he viewed it as a threat to his food supply now your approach to the bowl means the exact opposite.

The bone and toy issue is more or less the same thing. If you only allow him to interact with the toys through you by playing tug or fetch with it and that access is predicated upon your interaction and presence why would he guard it from you? This kind of thing isn't a big deal. It isn't about who is alpha or some silly dog whisperer crap. You just need to create trust.

A lot of people here are bone holders. The dog will come over slap it in your hand and have you hold it while he chews on the other end. Without realizing it you're fostering a trust. People that don't have that trust can get it by simply holding the bone while they give the dog the other end to chew on.

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dont EVER take anything away from a dog thats growling or is uncomfortable. he already doesnt want you to take it and yet you take it anyways which just makes him trust you less. i would add add add. walk by and give him a treat and just walk away. you coming towards him means good things. drop things in his food bowl. he should be wagging his tail when you come towards him while he's eating. if he growls then you are too close and you should just throw the treat to him. if you actually need to take the bone away (not sure why you would need to take his bone away?) then get his attention and take him for a walk or play with another toy and then take it. it takes awhile for a dog to trust you. when mine was a pup i dont care what he has in his mouth, i ALWAYS traded him. he could have a diamond ring in his mouth, i still would walk and get a treat and then trade him.

whatever method you choose you need to get it fix. imo resource guarding is one of the worst things there is. a dog will straight up tear your arm off even if that same dog cuddle with you at night.
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i got my dog when he was 10 weeks old. most
of the time when he ate i would put my hand in his bowl.
not in a teasing manner. sometimes i reached and and would
hand feed him a little. other times i would reach in but adding
something ( a peice of meat or chicken). sometimes i would
sit beside him while he ate and pet him. i did lots of things
while he was eating so he would be use to being handle
when eating. now when he's eating anybody can go near him
or put there hand in his bowl.

when my pup was playing with a toy or a bone i would
take it away from him. lots of time i would take away
whatever he was chewing on and treat him. sometimes
i didn't treat but i pet him and say "good boy" as i took
away what he was chewing on.
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Ill see if i can get you a video of the exercise we use. We have a dog in right now being trained for just those issues. They almost put him down when it was a super easy fix. We nicknamed him deathrow
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