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Old 14-12-2010, 01:48 AM
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Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

I have a 7 month old chihuahua dachshund mix and his name is Toby. He is the sweetest puppy ever and very loyal. He is trained and never bites or growls at anyone or anything. He does not growl when you take his food away or pet him while he is eating. He loves children and if dogs bark at him he'll just stare at them and will not bark back. He's a quiet dog who is not aggressive at all. Randomly today we gave him his first marrow bone and Toby became super protective over it right away and would growl and snarl at me and my boyfriend when we would walk by him or try to pet him. We tried to show him that we were the ones providing the bone to him and not trying to take it away from him but it got worse. He even ran away from us with the bone. We took the bone away for an hour and gave it back to him to play with for awhile. When he was done chewing on it i took it away and later on held him like I always do and hugged him. He then snapped at me and bit my face. I'm glad he did not bite hard because it was near my eye. He now will not look at me or my boyfriend in the eye and he will not come near us. His eyes seem wet and bulged out for some reason and he seems super sleepy. He is even laying down and growling for no reason. Is he just stressed out? Please give me some advice!! This is not like my sweet Toby!!

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Old 14-12-2010, 06:32 AM
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

All dogs are superprotective over a bone and if this is the first one he has ever had, it is certainly not uncommon for a dog to behave this way. If, as you say, his eyes don't look right and he is behaving differently, I would pop him down to the vet to see if perhaps something is wrong.

I am puzzled, though, that you say he doesn't growl if you take his food away. Why would you take his food away?
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I agree with the above
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

I'm presuming she means not food aggressive! which is why she couldnt understand why he'd snap regarding a bone???
Not everyone keeps the dogs food out all day either.
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I'm presuming she means not food aggressive! which is why she couldnt understand why he'd snap regarding a bone???
Not everyone keeps the dogs food out all day either.
I am not saying anyone does, or should, leave the food out all day. I get what she meant, but it sounded like the food was being taken away whilst the dog was still eating it. I was just wondering if this was some idea that trainers used to have about taking their food away to show them who the pack leader is. That is why I asked.
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

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Randomly today we gave him his first marrow bone and Toby became super protective over it right away and would growl and snarl at me and my boyfriend when we would walk by him or try to pet him. We tried to show him that we were the ones providing the bone to him and not trying to take it away from him but it got worse. He even ran away from us with the bone.
He thought he had won the lottery - and you were trying to take it off him. In future if you need to take the bone back for any reason use distraction. Ring the door bell or something to lure him away. A bone is SUPER HIGH VALUE to a dog and it sounds like you take food off him mid eat so of course he is going to protect it.

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We took the bone away for an hour and gave it back to him to play with for awhile.
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When he was done chewing on it i took it away and later on held him like I always do and hugged him. He then snapped at me and bit my face. I'm glad he did not bite hard because it was near my eye. He now will not look at me or my boyfriend in the eye and he will not come near us. His eyes seem wet and bulged out for some reason and he seems super sleepy. He is even laying down and growling for no reason. Is he just stressed out? Please give me some advice!! This is not like my sweet Toby!!
I would take him to the vets - I dont think these things are related.
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

I also take food off my dogs when training, especially with anything new to stop food aggression. When giving a bone for the first time I usually keep hold of the bone and allow the dog to chew it but keep hold of it for the first few times. This has always worked for me. It might be an idea to teach a 'leave it' command .. hold the bone and if he leaves on command treat him with something of higher value, liver cake works for me.
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Old 14-12-2010, 05:51 PM
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

i don't take the food away when we feed the dogs but i do interrupt from time to time so there is no food aggression
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

The only reason to take food is because there is a problem. I sometimes have to swap them over if they have gone to the wrong bowls as Joshua has his supplements in his. I see no point to this otherwise.
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Re: Help! My 7 month old puppy randomly became agressive and bit me!

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I'm presuming she means not food aggressive! which is why she couldnt understand why he'd snap regarding a bone???
Not everyone keeps the dogs food out all day either.
yes, thats what i meant to say ^ we never take his food away for any reason we let him eat but we do not free feed him

and thank you everyone! he seems to be back to normal now and my boyfriend did a little bit of training today with the distractions and trading method and he seems to be perfectly fine with his bone now he's not protective what-so-ever over it. he actually seems bored of it!
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