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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post

    What would you do if you had a puppy that seriously tried to bite you when you approached it when it had something of value?


    Give it a bash...just kidding.

    The same as what I have done with all my dogs. Which now that I am trying to think about it I am not really sure what I do....

    But I dont swap it for somethingk better/treat them, and I dont tell them off either.

    I just "expect" them to hand it over...and so they do.

    I owuld imagine a smart dog would soon learn than in order to get a good treat, it could just go an dpick up a shoe....or whatever. Why start them off with swapping the toy for something and then stopping th swap later, when you can just not swap in the first place?

    Its just a personal thing I guess.
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    Frosty used to fetch all the baseballs out of the hedge for treats, was kind of fun. However the baseballs she fetched off the training oval - when they were still training, got her a treat and on lead. She learned very quick which ones were fair game.

    And I know that if she didn't fetch my ugg boots for treats, she'd just eat it. Ie there is reward in fetching it. A better reward than just ripping it to pieces and that was hard to achieve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    What would you do if you had a puppy that seriously tried to bite you when you approached it when it had something of value?

    I have seen people in these situations 'punish' the puppy by taking the item of value away, which just reinforces the puppy's fear that it is going to lose the item it values every time you come past it. The puppy's resource guarding got worse not better. If someone came and took your dinner away every time you sat down to eat, how long would it take you to want to punch them in the face when they approached you? It's not different for dogs and we can't deny the fact that reinforcing the dog's fear of losing items of value does worsen resource guarding.

    I don't have to 'trade' my dogs for items of value now, they happily relinquish items to me but I still reward them for doing so now and then. I like to pay my dogs when they get something right.
    It should never get to the stage of the puppy actually trying to bite you. Admitedly i've never taken on a mature aged dog, but owning a puppy from 8 weeks old its quite easy to train them to give/leave. I started Jacks training using his tug toy and making him stop half way through a game and let go, then moved onto food. Nowadays Jack won't eat his mince when i put it in his bowl until i say ok. I can even leave the room and he'll come running wagging his back end off looking at me hoping for an "ok".

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    If you kick the bucket he starves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    If you kick the bucket he starves?
    LOL

    My dogs will wait if I tell them to (well I am not sure about Pippi as Ive never tried it) but I dont bother.

    I put their bowls down and they are right into it.

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    Murphy is the same he waits for the ok before he gets his meal.
    But nohe wont starve as he was in the kennels while we were away and he ate there.
    So they tend to work out just who they have to obey to get the food, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    It should never get to the stage of the puppy actually trying to bite you. Admitedly i've never taken on a mature aged dog, but owning a puppy from 8 weeks old its quite easy to train them to give/leave. I started Jacks training using his tug toy and making him stop half way through a game and let go, then moved onto food. Nowadays Jack won't eat his mince when i put it in his bowl until i say ok. I can even leave the room and he'll come running wagging his back end off looking at me hoping for an "ok".
    Some puppies are already resource guarders by the time you get them home, I have seen baby puppies with display serious resource guarding very early on.

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    Yea I have seen that too before...but its not acceptable at my house LOL. It just isnt allowed so it doesnt happen.

    That sounds really dumb, and I cant say why it works that way.

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    Out of the litter of 4 Jodi was the ferocious one resourse guarding..bone.
    When this became really evident at about 5 or so weeks of age I would sit beside her..she would move away. Did this a while till it was ok for me to be beside her (my non stop gentle talking, soft singing.)then extended my hand..growl..move away. It went on like this till I could touch the bone in her mouth..then take it and say good girl..immediately given back.
    Did this a few times and she has been fine ever since both with me and litte rmates..They move around to each other's bones to see if they are any better than theirs. No fights over bones..never in 2 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    Some puppies are already resource guarders by the time you get them home, I have seen baby puppies with display serious resource guarding very early on.
    so what do YOU do in this instance smeagle? Just let them continue to dominate you over food?

    I just gave jack a big chunk of roast beef before, i went outside for a smoke while he ate it. Half way through i told him to leave it(admittedly i had to tell him twice but i was at least 5m away from him), he left it and sat and looked at me. Why did he do this? Because he knows that 9 out of 10 times he'll get to continue eating whatever it was with a bunch of praise/pats as a bonus. Its worth it to him for the 1 time out of 10(realistically its a lot less than that) that he gets it taken away permanently. I don't know your philosophy on training dogs but mine is they will do what they're told and they will NEVER growl or act aggresively toward me. Once they're fully trained, growling at me is the one time i will give him a clip around the ears(it doesn't need to be hard enough to hurt, actually it doesn't need to be hard enough for him to feel, i could completely miss him and he'd still get the message!!!). I've never actually had to give jack "a clip around the ears" because he knows that growling at me would be unacceptable, i give him his food, if he growls at me, who's gonna feed him? He knows his place!
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