I boiled Aisha a bone marrow and gave it to her this morning. My son went to say hi to her like he always does and Aisha growled at him because of it. I went and took it away and told her "no" I gave it back and started to pet her head and around her mouth and she did a low growl. I took it away again and I am not giving it back. I seriously need to see someone on this but I was wondering if anyone has tried anything effective.
I have this same problem with one of my dogs. Toby loves his bully sticks. If any of the other dogs come near him when he has one of these he will growl at them. I only give them to him now when we're in the car with none of the other dogs. I will have to say though that I can take it from him and so can the kids and he has never growled at any of us over them, only the other dogs.
you just reminded me i have a few of them in the fridge i need to get cooked up for them. thanks, the water is on the stove now :) anyway i had the same problems with thunder. not so much with us but with my son and the other dogs. when he growled at my son i went in to the room and told him no and took it away. but i had to have my son do this with him and ot me so i had my son give it back and take it away multiple times until there was no growling or snapping and he just waited patiently for my son to give it back. of course i was right there thru it all and he caught on real quick. my son was nervous but he needed to do it since thunder was having the problem with him.thunder is still that way to a degree with the cats and scout. but i have gotten it to a point where a no is all he needs to hear and he quits. but it took time and training. a few things you can teach her is the leave it command. put a cookie in the middle of the floor and on leash walk her past it. when she goes for it, pop her collar and tell her leave it. do this about a zillion times until she won't even look at it. then reward her with something else, never the treat she was told to leave alone. also try the NILIF method with her. absolutely nothing she gets is given to her without her earning it. including anything the kids want to give her, especially from the kids. also teach her wait. meaning she waits for anything you are going to give her until you say it is okay. i think you have a tough little dog to be raising here. i don't think she is going to be as easy as mercedez was but she can be depending on how willing and how much time you put into her. definitely start an obedience class with her. and get her out to socialize with the people and kids in the neighborhood and especially the dogs around you. knowing the breed and seeing some of the problems you have had with her she needs lots of socialization and training to get her to be like mercedez. some are just easy as pie to raise and others need alot of work. but she is a pretty smart girl from what you've said so it shouldn't be too difficult.
Mls: I got her at 6 weeks and now shes 4 months. she knows where she stands with me my husband and my older son. I do have problems with my youngest but we are working on that and she has gotten much better. She did growl really low with me too, which is what I don't get. I left her outside with the bone and my little guy went to let her in to say hi like he always does. I don't think he even realized that she had a bone in her mouth. I am just wondering if there is an excersise that I can do with her. When she gets in major trouble it takes some convincing for her to take it back.
Scout: I do use the NILF method on her now and I have told the kids that they need to tell her to sit before giving her anything. She just does it now before we can open our mouths. My little one has been feeding her at night. She will sit and stay until he says "okay" and then she will eat. I will try the leash thing and taking it away from her over and over (my little one) I think like your's he will be a little nervous too. I just want to strangle her sometimes. I know she has the potential of being a good little girl and she knows her place with me for sure. I don't want her to get things only when the kids are not here, she needs to know that they are part of life.
keep working with her. i don't think any dog could be as frustrating as my dog thunder was/sometimes still is. but i kinda like dogs that make you work as much as you make them. good luck with that sweetiepie in a devil suit :)
Our family dog Buffy would do that, too, only over a bone, not with her dog food. So we just left her alone when she had one.We'd put her and her bone somewhere out of the way and leave them for some alone time. When she put it down and went to do something else, we put up the bone or threw it away, depending on it's condition) because we only wanted her to have it when we were AWARE that she had it. This way, we were not taking her bone away (which is what she's worried about) but we are also not allowing her to growl at us with no reprocussions . She couldn't too well challenge us if we were not in the same room as she. I guess this one doesn't train the behavior out of the dog. She just stopped growling at people because there were no people around to growl at. But it did make the bone guarding a non-threat. I like Scout's method better. But if it doesn't work for you and you still want to give her bones, maybe my mom's way will help.
I once read in a training book that dogs shouldn't be given bones like that because they are just "too good" and most dogs just cannot keep it together with something that good. Chelsea used to do that with bones, and only bones, nothing else. It was like it turned her into a different dog. I gave them to her for a little while and let her be, throwing it out after she was done with it, otherwise she would become obsessed with guarding it. Never did that with a single other thing.
lalayla.............I was thinking the same thing. One of my dogs can be like that with people, other than me and my other dogs, but only when she has that kind of fresh bone. I found giving her the bones more often has helped a lot. She doesn't think of it as being that special anymore, I guess.
Perhaps I should play around with it and her to make her think it is just like a chew toy only better tasting? Never know could work. I don't want her never to have a bone, she is teething and i thought it would help with her ears too.
As some others have stated, some treatss like bones, pig ears, etc, are so good that the dog is a lot more compulsive and aggressive about not letting it go. I know many akitas owners have run into this problem with pig ears in particular. If your dog is acting like this with you and she's never done it before, she's liable to keep doing it. Especially since you keep taking it away. Even if she doesnt' keep doing it with you, you'd need to reinforce it with your son too, which could be risky as she may decide it's worth fighting over. In situations like this for me anyway (and for my akita owning friends) if the dog acts like that with this item, it never gets it again and looses all priveledges. Honestly, only one dog has ever done this to me, and despite using a method similar ot scouts to try and get reinforce the knowledge we'd give it back, he just got worse and worse. Finally we had a 'Come To Jesus' meeting about it before he lost the right to have the pig ear all together. He never got another one. Ever.
Where do you get bone marrow bones? Would they be okay for smaller dogs (8 & 15lb pups)? Id like to try gving one to Ace and Summer. Do you just put water in a pot and boil it with the marrow in there? Thanks! =0) **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer