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It is puppy growing pains. He has something that is good and after a pleasant chew by himself, he's not willing to share. Before, he was given the bone in a dual dog setting and didn't know the difference. Now he does.
Hopefully your corrections have left an impression. He may continue to test you a bit, but don't over-react. Just take it away calmly and reinforce your status as alpha.
Have you been picking up his food dish while he is eating? That is often an object of possession as well. It might be a good idea to teach him that things taken away are returned if he is good. Just feed him a small portion, take up the bowl, put a little more in and then put it down again, etc until his meal is done.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog...When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.- Senator George Vest, 1870