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    Whenever I want to take something like a bone off my dog I'll give him something REALLY tasty, like roast chicken as MaC mentioned, and I give the command 'leave it' take the bone, give the chicken, praise, get him to sit and look at me, then I give him back the bone.

    I know its harder to do this when your dog is already 'food aggressive' (for lack of a better phrase) but taking small steps like maybe giving the treat and not taking the bone the first few times... hoping this makes sense!

    MouseandChicken pretty much said it all though!

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    If your dog is very aggressive over bones then I suggest a crate when giving bones particularly if you have kids visiting or have kids of your own. (you mention kids in your second post).

    The reason for this is that you can see if he has eaten the entire bone rather than buried the bone where an unsuspecting child may later play near.

    I tether my dogs out when they have bones. That way I know who ate what. There is no fighting over bones and I also tether them out in the front yard so that they cannot later dig or scratch up the ground. I find mine will come back to the spot they ate their bone and scratch up the grass because of the smell & often it can turn into a hole grrrr. Mind you my front yard is suitable for this, yours may not. Make sure the dog is not in the sun as eating bones is hard work and they get hot and thirsty.

    Practice the "Leave it" technique for removing unwanted objects from their mouth or preferably when you know they are about to snatch up that dead bird or possum from the side of the road. I have that a lot. I don't kid myself that if I wasn't around they'd, particularly the setter, would be walking around with her dead prize in her mouth. But I find it works well if I'm around.

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    And who is to say that just because you get to the stage you can take a bone off your dog, other people can?

    IMO Dogs and food and bones should never be out together when people and kids are around, I can remove anything from Kaos, but would never ever give her a bone when my niece or anyone was over... just in case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrorbull View Post
    And who is to say that just because you get to the stage you can take a bone off your dog, other people can?

    IMO Dogs and food and bones should never be out together when people and kids are around, I can remove anything from Kaos, but would never ever give her a bone when my niece or anyone was over... just in case
    Hey Cin I completely agree however I dont think that is what the OP means.

    I think they are trying to say that they would like to be able to remove the bone from the dog if someone does come over. They dont expect the dog to give it up to anyone else I think

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