04-01-2018, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rayedrgn
I own a 6 year old lab mix and recently took in a 3 year old english bulldog for a friend who is unable to adequately care for him. I gave the dogs a rawhide bone each, my dog watched the bulldog work on his until he stepped away for a nap. While the bulldog was napping my dog decided to attempt to take the partially chewed bone. The bulldog got angry, snapped and took his bone back. I said "NO, (bulldog name)!" I stepped in and took away both their bones and separated them for a bit.
I am not sure if i handled it correctly. If a dog chews on a bone and then leaves it, is it appropriate for another dog to come and take it? Which dog was in the wrong?
I don't know if I can answer the "which dog is wrong" but I can say that it is very normal behavior for a dog to guard what they consider to be "high value food or treats". Some dogs don't, and that's wonderful, but many dogs do and it's not abnormal. My Frenchie does something similar and handle it in a similar way. Once everyone has calmed down, I often try to reunite them and I have a technique I use (but I'm not a behaviorist and don't know what a behaviorist would think of my approach). I take the dog that wanted the item and let them have it in front of my Frenchie. Meanwhile, I lavish love and other treats on my Frenchie. My goal is that he can learn that not guarding those items can have a higher value payoff. Sometimes I think I'm making progress, sometimes not. Good luck.
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