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Growling w/bones children
Buddy is 4 months old and has been great. The only problem we have with him is that when he has a bone or some other type of food in his mouth other than whats in his food dish he growls and barks almost like hes going to snap at the children. He doesnt do this if they touch his food bowl while eating. It doesnt happen very often but when it does happen it scares the kids.
Today i was preparing dinner in the kitchen and didnt realize I dropped a lemon on the floor. He took it in the girls room and started eating it, my daughter saw him chewing on something and when she bent down to take it away from him he then growled and barked and nipped her a little bit in the face. It scared her. The girls normally take stuff away from him like if hes chewing on a kids toy and he doesnt get upset just with "food". Hes done this before with my littlest daughter when she went to lay down next to him while he was chewing on a bone, she started petting him on the head and he did the same thing and bite her on her hand, you could see the marks in her hand. It scared her so now she wont touch him if hes chewing on a bone. Ive told the girls to leave him alone when he has his bones. Hes protective over those.
How do I correct this behavior in a positive way? When he did it today and he saw me come in the room he dropped the lemon and layed down so he knew he did something wrong, I told him no and put him in the crate. I dont want to associate the crate with bad behavior, will telling him no be ok enough. I have also tried when hes chewing on a bone to offer him a piece of cheese so he can see Im not trying to take it away. Now if Im in the room with him, the girls can sit next to him and pet him with out a problem but if im not in the same room with him he will do the growling barking thing and trying to bite. How do I let him know its not ok to do this with the girls?
Any thoughts and adivce that would help would be great!