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Old 01-22-2018, 08:56 AM
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Last year we rescued or dog Harvey, as a puppy only a few weeks old. We were told he is Catahoula mix. Im hoping its still his puppy behavior since he is just over a year old.

He barks a lot at our other dog and nips at her legs and instigates them into wrestling around. But the one thing he does is if another dog is playing with a bone or some type of toy, he will bark and bark and bark at them until they drop it then he takes it drops it and does it again if they pick up another bone.

I dont find him as an aggressive dog, i just think he is extremely hyper.

When he is "stealing" the bone from our other dog or someone elses dog, do we correct that behavior? or is that just something he will grow out of or just continue to do?
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Save your self a hopeless task. The human knows best, is not true in multi dog hierarchy. If the 'pack' allows this behaviour, its for good reason. As pack will be using all 4 quadrants of operant conditioning on each other. 24/7. Your tuppence worth of counter training will be for nowt. Your best bet is to manage. Lower ranking dogs can truly enjoy peace in a crate with a bone. Without having to defend it.
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Last year we rescued or dog Harvey, as a puppy only a few weeks old. We were told he is Catahoula mix. Im hoping its still his puppy behavior since he is just over a year old.

He barks a lot at our other dog and nips at her legs and instigates them into wrestling around. But the one thing he does is if another dog is playing with a bone or some type of toy, he will bark and bark and bark at them until they drop it then he takes it drops it and does it again if they pick up another bone.

I dont find him as an aggressive dog, i just think he is extremely hyper.

When he is "stealing" the bone from our other dog or someone elses dog, do we correct that behavior? or is that just something he will grow out of or just continue to do?
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I personally wouldn't allow this behavior. I like my dog to know boundaries with other dogs for everyone's safety involved. Stealing food is both rude and can land them in the middle of a dog fight.

A catahoula is a herding breed, so the barking and nipping is naturally occurring. With this particular behavior, since it is bred into them, you may just have to go the route of management. My dog for example is an Australian Shepherd, another herding breed. On leash Cosmo is fine with small dogs. Off leash when they begin running, his herding instincts kick in and he begins barking as he chases them. He doesn't nip, but his barks can sound pretty intense and offput other dogs and their owners, and he also tends to, instead of nipping, barrel into them which is quite rude. I've found my best approach to this is just removing him when he begins to do this.

As far as the barking goes, I'm assuming from your description he's trying to remove the other dog from the resource by barking until the opportunity to steal the resource arises. I would handle this by a combination of management and training. Practicing impulse control would probably be very beneficial to your dog.

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I also have an Aussie, and two pit mixes (one is also mixed with a herding breed but does not act like it, at all). The pitties get along wonderfully together. They tug with each other, chase, wrestle, and just generally have the same play style. My Aussie likes to herd and will shoulder-bump them and try to take them down by their hind legs, and will bark at them if they don't include her in their play. I work on Sophie's recall A LOT, and can now recall her off of the other dogs when she starts to pester them. Then I throw a ball for her instead. We've also started her on sheep (found a local herding trainer) and she is so much more manageable now that she has an appropriate outlet for her instincts. I also take her back to her breeder's so that she can be around other Aussies who share the same rough style of play. Maybe find a sport and/or set up some playdates with dogs that play similarly?

As for stealing another dog's treats, I definitely would not allow that to continue. When Sophie was a young puppy, Ringo would steal whatever toy she was playing with. I'd call Sophie to me and reward her, then trade Ringo for the toy and put it up. Now Sophie's the one who tries to do it (new development) and I do the same thing. As well as feeding high-value treats separately so no one feels like that have to guard it.

Impulse control is great for so many different things. Definitely worth working on.
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