Ace and Summer are like two little kids, they are always stealing each others treats, toys, bones...anything. I feel bad and I am not sure if I am supposed to stop them from stealing from one another? Twice it happened today: Summer was on the bed with her bone (Ace has the exact same one, but Summer's apparently was better) so Ace ran up to her and ripped it out of her mouth. And she lets him, only to go and fight for it. Back and forth back and forth, until someone gives up and lets the other have it. Then, before I left for class I gave them each a treat. Ace gobbled his up and Summer layed down with her, licking it and moving it around. Ace ran over and grabbed it and ate it in a second. Summer just put her head down like "oh well". Should I be letting them do this? Is this how they are figuring out their alpha roles? I don't like when they act like this bc I feel badly for the one getting stuff taken from them by the other (even though they both do it).
i let mine steal toys and stuff (as long as there are no fights over it), but with food and treats i draw the line. i make sure they each get their treats and can finish them. my pug has my BC mix (who is older and bigger) trained to drop any toy or bone when he tells her to. she doen't seem to mind that, but man over food they will get in to it.
I would totally feel the same way. I'm always the one that hates when I see one kid getting more stuff than another or like with dogs, one dog getting all the treats. With my dad's goldens, I used to intervene. I would just take the treat and give it back to the other dog. If it was a toy, I left them alone. I knew the other dog would get it back eventually.
Thanks! I feel the same thing about the treats. Summer keeps hers sometimes for an hour, carrying it around like she's got a prize or something. When Ace stole hers today I gave her a new one in her crate and not Ace. He probably didn't understand why he was not also getting a treat but oh well.
Isn't it funny? Bailey steals toys from Rusty all the time. Drives me nuts, because like Pearl said, he will just drop it. At first I tried to give it back, but it didn't do any good, she would just go take it again. She knows better than to try and take any treats/food though. At least she never has. It's kind of funny how the bigger dogs just give it up isn't is?
my lab is totally mellow about things. she'll let the kittens come and interrupt her and eat her dog food. but oh boy my pug is a little monster when he gets mad or is trying to convince the other 2 dogs of something.
I feel very fortunate. My dogs share everything. I don't know if I can take any credit for it or not. When they were very young I discourage any type of hoarding behavior. Treats, food, and toys are always interesting when they belong to the other, but is happily shared. I can put down my dog's food bowls and the cats will stick their faces in it and eat with them with no problems. My dogs have a ritual at food time, they gobble their own food dishes and then switch bowls to eat whatever the other didn't eat. Even though my dogs are cordial with all their food, treats and toys, I alway closely monitor them. After all, dogs will be dogs.
Molly is a treat hog....as first I let her get away with a little to teach Pugs Lee that if you snooze you lose....she has caught on now!! But I make Molly stay back when I give out treats. She always waits until I am all done anyway and checks out what everyone else got and makes sure she didn't get cheated!! It's like she is counting treats or making sure they didn't get something better. Rocky just takes his and eats and pays no attention to anyone else!