dogs are inclined to take ownership of anything they
possess. Separating such a dog from a chewed slipper can
be a frightening experience as he growls and snaps a
be left unchecked as the number of objects he regards as
his own will grow exponentially. Pretty soon he will take
ownership of the sofa, an easy chair or a kids toy and
impress his authority with acts of aggression.
this I usually start with his (empty) food bowl walking
him on lead around the bowl and ordering him to ‘leave
it.’ I may start walking a circle 12 ft in diameter around
the bowl and slowly move closer to the centre depending on
successfully achieved I will do exactly the same with food
in the bowl and only tell him to ‘get it’ once the
exercise is complete.
Whilst he is
eating I will pick up the lead and telling him once more
to ‘leave it’ I walk him away from the bowl. With a really
aggressive dog I may keep an old tennis racquet by my side
to protect myself should he lunge at me.
farther away he is from the target of his attention the
weaker his reaction will become. The reverse is of course
true and closer you move towards the ‘target, i.e. the dog
bowl, the more intense his response.
circumstances put your hand in front of the target, far
better to use a broom handle to control the distance of
the food bowl. That way you keep all your fingers.
You can use
this same technique to train your dog not to grab a ball
or a play toy until you give the ‘get it’ command.
DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT
THE HELP OF A BEHAVIOURIST TRAINED IN THE HANDLING OF