I have a 12 wk old huskey x and she is wonderful with everything but just last night and today we found that with a pig ear or a bone with marrow from the butcher she will growl and snap and actually closed her mouth around my wrist tonight when i took it away. We have 2 kids 6yrs old and 2yrs old and i can't have this in my home. Is there away to get past this or is my husband right and she has to go? we have only had her almost 2 wks?please help me..
some dogs that are otherwise sweet as sugar will turn into virtual demons when extra tasty treats like pig ears and marrow bones are involved. If your dog is one of those (and at 12 weeks it sounds like she is) then I'd just go the easy route and not give her treats like that. Stick to dog biscuits that are quick to eat. Also, it's always best to teach your children never to disturb the dog while it is eating.
Either way, not giving her those treats is the simplest and most painless solution for everyone. I'd also look into the NILIF training program to help out both the dog and your family in the long run. http://www.k9deb.com/nilif
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Minniyar solution is a good one. A simple and effective one. The other option is to try desentization, habituation, and positive association. The aspects of training a dog not to do this are very, very sensitive. Having the ability to read a dog....very,very well. will be needed. Because the training has to come when thier in no stress, or minimal stress. If the dog is growling or biting, you've gone to far and the training is useless. For a dog to protect it;s resources is not unatural. If you can think if this way. If someone was trying to steal your car stereo...would do something to impede them...or just what the what the heck. Go ahead and have it. At this point
One thing I can tell you will make it worse is trying to take the bone. And keeping the bone. The dog worries about losing the bone. Taking it will just reaffirm to the dog that thier fears were right and you will take it.
Here I do have something that may help. Start with less valued objects. something the dog likes but will readily give up. get 2 of them and start trading them. if the dog trades reward!!! then slowly work up to more valued objects. Teach the dog that giving things up is not the end of the good thing. There is more where that came from.
I have a highly possesive dog. And I did the trade game. she is cool now.
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This is simply the dog protecting her assets. This is normal dog behavior, but for a home like environment, its not desired of course. The thing is, your actually telling her that she needs to protect the bone, becasue you are taking it away. Heres what you need to do, and on a daily basis (think of it as obedience training) Instead of just taking the bone away, offer her something that is way better then the bone shes chewing on, like a peice of steak for example. So you hold out the steak, she should drop the bone, and the steak goes in the mouth, you quickly get the bone, and then offer back the bone.Never just take a bone or anything from the dog, or its a good reason to guard her bone. So when you offer the steak say "take" and then when you offer the bone back say "Take". This way your always giveing. Do this daily to better the out come. Does she guard toys?
my 7 month old pomchi tried that behaviour when he was around 5 months old and we just walked right up to him said no and took it from him and then he sat there and we gave it back and he still tried to do it we kept doing it until he stopped growling at us. don't hasitate when u take it from them just use a firm grip and a firm vioce and the dog will know u mean bussiness.
She does not gaurd her toys or other food or treats just these two. I have descided that she can have a bone marrow bone when she is going to be crated for awhile due to my working schedual that way she doesn't have to worry about anyone taking it from her. I have also started having the children help with her training, she sits on command for them and they hand feed her a milkbone. She NEVER makes a sound about it. thanks for all your input.