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    Exclamation Another 'Bonnie' Problem.

    Well hey guys didn't think I would have to post up here again with Bonnie's aggro problem, but here I am. Except now it isn't general aggression, it is *drum roll*.......FOOD aggression.So tonight I came and gave Bonnie a smoked beef bone, the first real bone she's ever had (apart from rawhide chews) while we had a barbecue. As I passed her pen (she always gets fed in her pen, or Lou steals her food), and reached down to pat her and was rewarded with a loud snarl and following growls. As you can imagine, I was a bit upset and pretty confused, as she has NEVER, repeat NEVER done that before, even with chews and never with her regular food bowl. I'm not quite sure how to combat this successfully, but I know it can be done, and I am determined to be her boss in all situations - including food. To start, I tried stroking her to make her used to it, but you gotta have nerves of steel to do that - something I don't have. I was once again rewarded with a death glare sideways, with growls, and she stopped licking her bone and started looking (and feeling) tense and rigid. Now I don't want to sound pushy, but I sure as hell am NOTgoing to raise a dog that is possessive of her food. As usual, I am eternally grateful for any information.

    Thanks guys

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    Hi Striker.

    What is a smoked beef bone? Is that cooked?

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    Yeah, it's cooked, stinks tho. They're pretty common, sort of shrink wrapped, and flaky. It looks smoked, I can't remember what it said on the packet except 'puppy bone'. We always give them to Lou.

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    Well, nothing to do with your problem, but cooked bones are usually a major no-go. Yep, know a lot of ppl who give their dogs cooked bones and haven't had a tragedy with them. Know a hell of a lot more who have inadvertently killed their dogs doing so.

    But back to the problem.
    So this has only happened this one time with the real bone, yes? Not a problem at other times? If you give her a rawhide chew, she sees it as a chew 'toy' and isn't phased if you pat her or touch her?

    This is a tricky subject for me, as my answer may not be what you will expect.
    Can you answer the above please Striker?

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    Yep, that's right. She doesn't mind me taking it away even, so yes, I think rawhide is an edible toy to her. The Bone isn't 'homemade', it is bought from a large pet store. Don't worry, I test them before I decided to give them to Lou - they are smooth all through except for the flaky outer surface. It's not the splintery sort (I never give chicken bones - I knew someone who gave the dog a whole chicken carcass - I was sure the dog would choke or run splinters into their stomach, but they didn't.) The bones I give mine are smooth though.

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    Okay, thanks.

    I would never give a dog a real bone and then approach or touch them. With my dogs, I knew I could, but I had ensured that by training right from puppyhood.

    There are some things that I repect, and one of them is to let a dog be a dog. We are trying to civilise them sooo much it is sad. I believe we are killing dogs via ignorance, and the inability to recognise they ARE DOGS.

    Choose to give your dog a real meaty juicy yummy bone - but then respect their instinct.

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    I do respect that they are dogs, but in every book I have read, it says they must be used to having their food touched/to be touched while eating a bone.
    Also it is one of those ones that takes forever to eat, and I don't think it is healthy for her to eat it in one hit - it's pretty oily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    I do respect that they are dogs, but in every book I have read, it says they must be used to having their food touched/to be touched while eating a bone.1 Also it is one of those ones that takes forever to eat, and I don't think it is healthy for her to eat it in one hit2 - it's pretty oily.
    1) I know it does. Books say a lot of things, but it is always up to the reader how much they believe in the end.

    2) Let her eat as much as she wants of it. When she's finished, she'll bury it to go back to when she wants it again. She is a dog, and that is what dogs do.

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    Well....awkward stage here, and I know I am guilty of what you said in your previous post.....but..I don't let her dig. It's not my rule, it's my mum's rule, but she is not allowed to dig, and she is fine with it.

    I wouldn't approach her if she was trained - only because I would have the peace of mind that I COULD touch her if I needed to. As it is I never touch Lou when she has a bone, because like you, she was trained since a little tacka to not bite the hand that feeds her. How did you train your dogs to tolerate it? That's all I am after.

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    Hold the bone. When you offer it to her. Only allow a small portion to be eaten. WHILE you are holding the bone.

    She growls or carries on in the way you don't wish her to, walk away - WITH the bone. Try again later. Don't scold, just walk away.

    Hell, keep trying for as long as is needed till she gets the message. Will you be able to do this.

    Other thing you could try is training her to leave, release, give, taa - whatever command you want to use ot get her to release/drop something/leave it alone.
    It is an excellent command for learning anyway throughout a dogs life. Could save their life one day, actually.

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