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Old 09-16-2013, 12:57 PM
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Jealous Puppy when it comes to Toys

I have 3 dogs. One is a puppy, the other 2 are seniors. We leave a few toys lay around on the ground for the dogs. It seems that the puppy always wants to play with the toys the other dogs are playing with or chewing.

The puppy barks at my female dog and it upsets her at times. Sometimes, she'll leave the toy, occassionally she'll stare him down, but most often she kind of wimpers about it. He almost never barks at my male (maybe once a week and telling him no stops him). It happens when she has a toy he wants or when he leaves his toy and she takes it (kind of saying to her give it back). The only time it doesn't happen is when he knows he has exactly the same that she has or he gets the toy. Then he will happily lay down nearly on top of her chewing his toy (she doesn't seem to mind his cuddling). The puppy will never take her toy unless she walks away.

My female dog only likes bones and chew toys. The fluffy toys she could care less about. Only my male and puppy like those and they seem to have it worked out. So is my only option to have 3 of each chew toy and only put the same toy out at a time? Has anyone else experienced something similar?

At this point, we usually try to distract him with a different toys and start playing with him. It is just this is his most annoying habit and I'm not sure how to break it or if I'll always need duplicates of toys to outright prevent his jealousy.
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Sounds like resource guarding Check the sticky Resource Guarding, causes, prevention and modification in behavior section
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I looked up resouce guarding and the only ones resource guarding from that description is my existing older dogs. However, at one point, they were taught if another dog was chewing something, they leave it alone until that dog walks away. I'm not sure how or if I taught them, but it seems I need to teach the puppy this as well. Is that not accurate?

My male quickly taught my puppy if he is chewing something, don't even try to grab it. However, between my puppy and female it is tricky. She does give it up most of the time if he barks at her if we do not intervene. So it seems he has learned that if he barks at her, he will get her toy. Yet, it upsets her since she does wimper about it and you can see she gets sad about it. For some reason the puppy kind of has a free pass when it comes to her and her toys.

My female will also not let him eat her food. So at least with her food, he knows to stand back about 5' patiently until she walks away. Yet, he leaves his food alone all the time. We have to watch his food to make sure my other dogs don't eat it, cause he could care less if they walk over and eat his food.

Online it said something about this can happen between puppies and seniors - the playful puppy barking at the senior dog. That we should not punish either, just redirect. Just seeing if that is the right approach.
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I just watched them again closely. Lexi my female was chewing on a nylabone. Loki my puppy goes over and starts barking/whining in her face. At first, his butt is in the air, then he lays down. He looks up at her with his head on floor. She looks away. He wimpers more (this lasts about a minute). Then, she looks at me and stands up and goes to the other side of the room leaving the bone. She stretches and lays back down. He gleefully jumps up, grabs the bone and walks over to the other side of the room and puts it in her face. She ignores. Then, he lays down inches from her head and starts chewing the bone. He chews for a minute, then leaves the bone inches from her going to kitchen. She takes it back and starts chewing, while he asks to go outside. She drops bone and goes ask to go outside.

The main problem is we can get him to play with us sometimes, but other times, he kind of seems bent on playing with her and barking/whining in her face.
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