05-12-2010, 02:04 PM
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I would start to teach him the "drop it" command. You can do this by trading an item (I start with a toy) for a higher value item (I use treats). Most dogs will drop the toy and take the treat. Tell him to "drop it", offer the treat, and then tell him yes/click/etc. (whatever you use as a marker-a signal to let the dog know he did what you asked). Once he has learned what "drop it" means then stop offering the treat. Only give him his reward after he has "dropped it."
You will likely need to work at this for a long time. If Mac cotinues to guard from you, you will need to train him to drop items of higher value on command. For example, asking him to drop a big biscuit for a piece of chicken. The traded item will need to be of higher value than the item he already has.
Until he has learned and is reliable, I would always be prepared to offer a really great reward for giving up a found item.
There will likely be others here with more advice! They will also probably be able to explain much better than I can!
Good luck and welcome to the forum!
Last edited by kmes; 05-12-2010 at 02:06 PM.