03-06-2019, 04:28 AM
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Kinda sounds like a domestic issue. Is he neutered? And do you know at what age? Most rescue dogs near me get neutered at 8 months, just before they get sexually active.
It helps alot with domestic issues and markings. Neutered and spayed dogs aren't as aggressive and violent. And pinning the small dogs makes me think he thinks he can show the smaller dogs who's boss. The neck bite is a common sign of showing other dogs who's dominant if they don't submit instantly.
The bone is a possessive problem. With most dogs, you have to teach them as a puppy that you won't take the bone or food from him. Doing that makes them ok with you petting them while they're eating or chewing a bone.
Since yours is a rescue, it probably wasn't taught at a young age, and the bones at his previous home or street was taken from him, which led him to be possessive.
I think you can fix it by throwing some extra kibble into the bowl while he's eating, showing him you're not gonna take it. Now since he's a rescue and probably scarred, it'll take a longer time to settle than it would've with a puppy.
I'm not sure how to fix the bone issue though. Maybe give him another bone while he's currently chewing one. Showing him your hands aren't a threat, but a reward. Also let your kids take turns with the kibble thing, since he has to know that no hands in your house are threats.
And I wouldn't really leave him alone with your kids, unless they can understand what to do and what not to do. Domestic violent dogs can also attack children or humans, if they see that you're able to overpower and dominate. Then he takes the new rank as the Alpha. So being the dominant one with a dog like that is important. You got to show him who's boss, but since he's a boxer mix, he's a medium to large sized dog, so he won't try humans as easily as a untrained Rottweiler would.
(That's why you hear about Rottweilers attacking people so much)
I'm not sure if this helped at all, but I hope I could give you some insight on why the dog is how he is.. And probably give you ideas how to help.