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Old 12-28-2015, 03:07 PM
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Puppy growls with bones

Hi

I have a new puppy, 12 weeks old (lab x bitzer) she is gorgeous and well behaved (a bit of puppy chewiness - which is manageable with chew toys) 90% of the time, however she is extremely protective of bones (which I actually think is normal) and it would never bother me, except I have 3 children, so I worry if one of them gets too close, and gets nipped.

My instinctive way of dealing with it would have been "boys, leave that puppy ALONE when she has a bone!" but I've had comments from people who say I need to train her out of this behaviour.

Any thoughts at all?

I have read the book "The Dog Listener" and do the Amichien Bonding stuff, and puppy definitely sees me as the leader, she's a great pup.

Other than this, she is my first ever pup, I've only ever been around a full grown german shep when i was growing up, and an adult lab when I adopted her, and now this puppy 5 years later, after my lovely lab died.

Thanks In Advance.

It's super important to me to get this puppy trained right, as I want her to be a dog we can take everywhere with us as a family.

I am taking her to a puppy preschool starting 7th of Jan to help socialise her with other dogs etc.
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Welcome to Dog Forum and congratulations on your new pup!

Your instincts about keeping kids and puppy separated when the pup has a high value item are spot on. (As an aside, take a look at the "behavior and training" stickies for resources on kids and dogs) That said, you do want to work on ensuring your pup is comfortable with people around her while she eats and has treats. Check out this blog post from a well-respected veterinary behaviorist for good information on resource guarding.

I've read some mixed reviews on "The Dog Listener" and Amichien Bonding. I believe both have been discussed here at length; you might search for those discussions. Again, I'd recommend reviewing the "behavior and training" stickies for excellent information about positive reinforcement-based training techniques.
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Thankyou, and I will do that reading you suggested
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