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Old 04-16-2014, 09:06 PM
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Puppy being greedy?

It's not really greedy I just couldn't think of another word for it. I have a puppy who wants EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. What ever my other dogs or puppy has she wants. But only if they want it. I know it's as playing.. But she hogs ALL the toys and tries stealing everyone's food. She's fed good. And she has enough excercise but are dogs capable of being greedy?also she pushes everyone around because she's found herself outgrowing them.i just don't want her to be aggressive or a bully when she's older .
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Usually that is a puppy thing. But she may might be trying to be dominant and being protective over things, and claiming that everything is hers.
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Dogs are opportunistic scavengers. That means they primarily will look around for garbage and scraps to eat, but if they have to they can hunt and kill. From the perspective of a scavenger, sharing doesn't make a lot of sense. It's less for the dog today, and who knows if there will even be any more tomorrow?

So it's not surprising that dogs are "greedy". They're not really greedy, greed requires the knowledge that there is more than enough. Dogs aren't capable of that kind of understanding.

Some dogs are unwilling to challenge another dog for his stuff, some dogs enjoy the challenge, some dogs will fight if challenged, some will walk away.

If you find you have one dog stealing everything, don't let him do that. Don't let him in the same room with another dog who is eating. Keep him in his crate while the other dogs get a chance to play. You cannot teach a dog to share, but you can keep him out of the way to allow the other dogs a chance to eat and play unmolested.
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The Doggy rules on objects are as follows...

"What's mine in mine and what's yours is mine too!"

This is pretty normal behavior, in my experience.
Usually in a multi-dog household the dogs will work out "who gets the stuff". If you sense there is tension about some things, and its no longer just play, you should consider removing the really high value toys and objects.

As far as food goes, you will help everyone in the household a great deal if you feed them separately, so there cannot be "musical bowls" going on that can lead to stress or fights. If you have "grazers" in your group, have a 15 minute meal time, then pick up the food and put it down at the next meal. They will get used to eating meals rather than picking.
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