Growling/Protecting Bone

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Kev:
Hi Guys,
I'm sure this has been posted numerous times, but I really need some help here. My dog growls whenever you give him a bone and go near him... I realize this is their instinct, but I've been around dogs that don't demonstrate this behaviour. It's to the point where he will growl at you if you bring him inside and his bone is still outside, and it's really hard to trust an animal that can turn on you that quickly.

Is there anything that my family and I can do to stop this behaviour? A colleague of mine told me to slap the dog and take it away so that it knows I'm the alpha-male, but wouldn't that just lead to more aggression?

ANY suggestions are welcome and will be appreciated.. I have a 9 month old lab/collie cross, normally very docile, but starting to get much more aggressive.
Thanks in advance.
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Emily Carroll:
He needs to learn that you taking his bone means good things are coming.

Take some really stinky and good treats. Walk past him, drop one in his lap while he has the bone. He'll start looking foreward to you walking past. Then start stopping, and slowly work your way towards touching and then taking the bone. It also helps to have everyone in the house doing this.

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[nq:1]Hi Guys, I'm sure this has been posted numerous times, but I really need some help here. My dog growls ... I have a 9 monthold lab/collie cross, normally very docile, but starting to get much more aggressive. Thanks in advance.[/nq]
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Tara O.:
Its called possession-aggression. Do not use force with the dog unless you want to provoke the dog into biting you and then having it put to sleep for doing so.
Here's some info on possession aggression:
http://www.doglogic.com/possess.htm

Tara
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Alison:
Hi kev,
Ignore your colleague , your likely to get bitten if you slap your dog. If the dog doesn't improve the simplist thing to do is not give him bones.

Alison
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culprit:
[nq:1]He needs to learn that you taking his bone means good things are coming. Take some really stinky and good ... your way towards touching and then taking the bone. It also helps to have everyone in the house doing this.[/nq]
i'd go a step further and start trading for less exciting things, before you try for the bone. offer him a treat for a toy, or a toy for a toy. get him used to the idea of you taking things from his mouth, and getting treats in return. then when he's totally comfortable with this idea, go for the bone. just be sure to always reward him for giving it up.

-kelly
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Guess Wh@-- U got Mail.!!!:
You think that's bad? I had a dog that deliberately put his day old or 2 day old ham bone right where people ( including us ) had to walk by us & come out of no where & attack us. Including the hand the fed him. If U get my drift. He was a neutered male Snawzner/Poodle
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Tsetse:
Any dog of mine that growled at me would have only one concern..survival!
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Tsetse:
When you have had your fun reading everything from the hand-wringers, do what an Alpha dog does..turn the critter every way but loose! You will then have a docile, friendly, educated dog, and RIGHT NOW!
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montana:
[nq:1]When you have had your fun reading everything from the hand-wringers, do what an Alpha dog does..turn the critter every way but loose! You will then have a docile, friendly, educated dog, and RIGHT NOW![/nq]
Of course, you may not have the hand that slapped the dog, but whatever...
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