I have a 16 month old Rottweiler and he has developed a
problem this week. Whenever he gets his favorite rawhide
in his mouth he walks around challenging my family members
to try and take it away. The other day he bit me when I
tried to take it away from him. I am concerned about this
because I believe it is a dangerous situation and can develop
into an irreversible problem. Any suggestions.--Richard
Dear Richard--Your problem is common and easily solved.
Why is your dog protecting that particular rawhide? Usually
it is because
1. he doesn't have that many and when he gets in the mood
he will not give it up
2. he isn't getting enough exercise and due to this fact
he has become misguided in his behavioral patterns
3. he is becoming a big boy and his testosterone is kicking
Except for item two which can easily be taken care of here
is what I suggest to eradicate the problem. Get him a bulk
pack of rawhides (usually about 35 in the box approximately
4"-6" long) and spread them over the entire house.
he acts possessive ignore him and pick up another rawhide
and put some peanut butter in it. Sit down and pretend you
have this great treat and also pretend you are enjoying
eating it. He will become curious. Let him come over and
smell and try to take it away from you. Now he can't do
this because he has something already in his mouth. Dangle
this new treat in front of him and place your hand under
his chin but don't touch him. When he reaches for your rawhide
catch the one coming out of his mouth. After he has the
new rawhide in his mouth and he settles down somewhere walk
past him and drop the old one by his head.
this happens where he becomes possessive repeat the trade.
Eventually, and faster than you think, he will be coming
over to you to make trades and the possessive behavior will
disappear. No need for corrections verbally or physically
the behavior will extinct by itself.
by Neal Seaman