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Old 02-04-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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So we have a 1 year old femal choc. lab/golden retriever mix. She's really good-still typical puppy issues we're training but other than that-great dog. Gentle with our 2 year old, very playful, etc. We give her those monster bones about once a month to chew on for the month. Well, she got her new one yesterday, and when my husband or I tried to take it from her she growled VERY aggressively, showed her teeth, and just looked like the Cujo was coming out in her. LOL. Do you think this is something she did just because it was new or should I worry? She does not act like this when we take any of her other toys or bones (the old ones that have the flavor chewed off of them already) from her, and my husband has been working with her from the get-go taking her food away and putting his hand in her bowl, and he is not aggressive at all when he does this.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Brunswick, ME (Hometown: Newark, N.J.)
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*off topic for a sec*

AWWWW I love labs!!! Do you have a pic?
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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I am just guessing but maybe that particular bone is one she really loves. In any case, I would be concerned.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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Am I overreacting or should I be concerned?-shelby-bone.jpg

I was trying to post a different one that was just taken last weekend but there are "uploading errors"??? Anyway-this is Shelby.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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I am just guessing but maybe that particular bone is one she really loves. In any case, I would be concerned.

Any suggestions? We did a bait an switch with some little training treats we use, and she gave the bone up fine, when those were involved and lots of praise for doing so, but try to get it without the treats and I was a little nervous. My husband had more of the "DON'T YOU DARE" attitude so he didn't really show any fear-I guess that's better. And we did go right to Petsmart yesterday to sign her up for the intermediate training classes so maybe they will help us as well. She did great there with the puppy kindergarten, so we want her to get a little more training.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Oz
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This is unacceptable behavior. You must never let your pet get away with showing aggression when you try to take something from them. When she does something like that, you need to sharply tell her "NO GROWLING", then say something like "GIVE" and then take the item away from her. A few minutes later, you can give it back and repeat the process after a while. Show her that she cannot refuse to let you have it, and you won't put up with her growling and showing her teeth over it.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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This is unacceptable behavior. You must never let your pet get away with showing aggression when you try to take something from them. When she does something like that, you need to sharply tell her "NO GROWLING", then say something like "GIVE" and then take the item away from her. A few minutes later, you can give it back and repeat the process after a while. Show her that she cannot refuse to let you have it, and you won't put up with her growling and showing her teeth over it.
But HOW do I do this when I am afraid of getting bit. LOL. I don't really think she would bite me, but I'm also not a dog owner who thinks her dog is a Disney character who will NEVER bite. She's still a dog, and I don't want to have my hand be the proof of that.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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Any suggestions? We did a bait an switch with some little training treats we use, and she gave the bone up fine, when those were involved and lots of praise for doing so, but try to get it without the treats and I was a little nervous. My husband had more of the "DON'T YOU DARE" attitude so he didn't really show any fear-I guess that's better. And we did go right to Petsmart yesterday to sign her up for the intermediate training classes so maybe they will help us as well. She did great there with the puppy kindergarten, so we want her to get a little more training.
I have no suggestions except to tell you that obedience training will be good! Good luck!
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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I wouldn't let her have the bone until your sure that she knows you are alpha. I would start with NILIF (nothing in life is free) which means she has to work for everything. I can take anything away from my dogs at any time.


Here is a link that you can take all of it or some of it and use it in you everyday life with your dog. Doing some of these will let your dog know that you are in charge. Hope it helps.

Nothing in Life is Free
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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But HOW do I do this when I am afraid of getting bit. LOL. I don't really think she would bite me, but I'm also not a dog owner who thinks her dog is a Disney character who will NEVER bite. She's still a dog, and I don't want to have my hand be the proof of that.
If you have fear of getting bit, your dog will know it. Obviously she doesn't see you as alpha to her. Me...I'd just take it anyway and risk getting nipped. But that's me. If she did nip me, I'd immediately put her down on the floor in a submissive position while saying loudly "No biting! No biting!" It helps if you slightly pinch their neck (like another dog would when holding another dog down with his mouth). This has worked very quickly with all of the dogs I've had. Your mileage may vary, and I'm sure there are other methods of untraining biting behavior.
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