3 Month old agression toward bones

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I have a 3 almost 4 month old Dobie. and he has a few problems I can not quite get a grasp on yet. He has temperment issuses when we give him a rawhide, and if I try to take it away he gets very aggressive towards it and tries to bite. Is there any helpful tips you guys reccommend? Also, he always goes straight for our pantlegs and twists and wont let go. any tips for that to? Thanks!

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Have you us tarted obedience training yet?  If not hurry up and get started ! :)

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A lot of folks here recommend the NILF method - nothing in life is free. You might want to look into that. If he can't be polite with his bone, he doesn't get one. He's got to behave before he gets ANYTHING.

As for the grabbing pant legs - have you tried a squirt bottle filled with water?  You probably won't have to carry and use it for long, but it really works.

Big thumbs up for obedience training, even starting with a puppy class.

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This is not a temperement issue, this is normal puppy behavior and can be solved through routine obedience training, mental stimulation, and keeping your puppy occupied.  Your dog is not being aggressive, he's acting like a cranky little kid that just got his toy taken away.  Rude, not something we consider to be "good" behavior, but also nothing to worry about per se.

I believe in a dog earning  rewards through good behavior, and then getting and/or keeping those rewards until the behavior changes.  You want to chew a bone?  You're going to sit first, and be calm, and then I'll give it to you.  Unnaceptable behavior, you don't get to chew the bone.  When you sit calmly, wait, and act appropriately, now the bone gets to go in a bin and you can chew it anytime you so choose.  Start acting up, and it goes away again.  No yelling, no screaming, I will walk over, not be intimidated by your 20 lbs' of growling, and take back my bone.  I remember our foster Roxy, the 80lb rottweiler who came to us with resource guarding issues, and Steph thinking I was nuts walking over to take the tennis ball out of her mouth.  But, she understood that if she acts that way, she can't keep the tennis ball, and she also understood that she is not going to intimidate me.  Steph was nervous, and Roxy wouldn't let her take the tennis ball.  Roxy knew a grumble would keep her back.  She grumbled at me, and I took the ball anyways, and put it out of reach.  That was the last time she grumbled at ANYONE for the tennis ball. They pick up on that kind of stuff quickly, and it will help if you are confident and not nervous.  This situation is slightly different, because your puppy is not actually acting aggressive, if that makes sense, she just doesn't know what to do yet in that situation when you take something she wants, and needs to be taught it's not the end of the world.   What if you start using the bone as a training reward, and/or a reward for GOOD behavior?  Now your dog will start to associate behaving with getting to chew on the bone.  If your dog really likes these things, it will work. Next time she does something good, have that bone handy, say "YESSSSSSS" in a very excited tone, and immediately give her the bone.  If she acts up, don't yell, don't make a big deal out of it, you don't even have to say anything.  Calmly walk up, take the bone away for a few seconds, and try it again.  This is called Negative Punishment, negative in this sense means "taking something away".

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Thank you guys so much for all the help! I have not yet started an obedience class, but I will start looking into one asap!!