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Snatch and Run
Snatch and Run
Hello everyone! Just joined. We adopted this Rottie Mix from our local city shelter on Valentine’s Day weekend. The shelter aged him at 1 yr, but the vet said he was about 18 months. He was at the shelter 9 months, so spent some formative time incarcerated. He’s 40 lbs. So far we’ve had some ups and downs. The worst was probably the jumping on and mouthing on our 5yr old twin humans. A couple of sessions with prong collar correction during that activity (and possibly the wisdom of experience on the twins’ part has stopped this for the most part). The boys finally seem to understand it’s not ok to set themselves up as quarry by shaking toys at him and running🤦. We have lucked out at Buster’s gentleness.
There are a ton of things I could talk about, but one behavior recently that concerns us is the snatching of objects and running away. Having twins 5 yr olds there are toys everywhere and Buster’s favorite pastime has become grabbing a random toy (or shoe, screw driver, sock anything he can get) and taking it into the yard to mouth on or chew up.
Currently we will stop him and take it from his mouth(we are practicing “leave it” so that helps) he is not aggressive with growling or anything and I certainly don’t want to get there. We have a 6 yr old silky terrier and she is highly possessive of food etc that she steals, or sometimes is given. Also if I catch him about to pick something up he shouldn’t I will make a correction sound that I’m making when walking with the prong once a day, but other than that I have no other strategies that we are employing. Any advice on stopping it and/or preventing a resource guarding habit from arising? Thanks!