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Ok this is strange!

About two weeks ago DH came home with some huge rib bones for Murphy. He got them at the pet store. Murphy would not chew on it at all but he was very protective of it and he would growl at DH and me if we got near it. He looked worried and half scared of it. He was acting so strangely that DH finally distracted him and put it away. We were going out tonight and he got it back out hoping it would keep Murphy occupied but Murphy is acting absolutely the same way. He was also walking around the bonethen he would put the top of his head down on the floor and push his head towards the bone. I walked by and bent down to pet him and he growled at me. Is it normal for a dog to act so strange? Is he afraid of it? I also wondered if there is a smell about it that is making him frightful?

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Has he ever had bones before, Holly?

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good question Sally. Tell us more about food reactions. Could very well be a guarding issue. ?

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No Sally I would never have bought bones for him because I have read that they can cause problems. I was actually relieved that he didn't want to chew on it but he really is acting goofy and protective!

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Dave and Sally, I have no idea what the issue is. He will drop something when he runs off with something he isn't supposed to have and doesn't growl at all. He will sometimes growl if there is food involved though.

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Holly, if you decide to give it to him , I wouldn't leave him alone with it. Any chew bones and such should be when you are with them to monitor them. Careful how he reacts , if he growls just give him some space. Don't try to take it away ,unless there is a problem or you are going out. That will only reinforce his need to guard it. Keep us posted.

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Holly..I was trying to think how to articulate this, so I pasted a comment from the Internet regarding this subject (Dave will know what I am trying to say here and can further elborate..)

She's being protective of her goods, but you need to show her that you're the Alpha Dog here. Take it (quickly and safely) and walk away with it. In a few seconds, give it back.

Keep doing this over a few days until she will accept you taking it without growling at you. It's extremely important that you be able to take food away from your dog. It's a dominance thing she's doing, and you need to be higher in the pack.

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hmmm, does sound like a guarding type behavior, but it seems odd to me that he would do this with something he doesn't already value and regard as something he wants to protect.

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Holly here is some info to check out. See if it sounds familiar. It's by Jean Donaldson who has written the best book ever on RG called Mine. http://www.4pawsu.com/Donaldson.pdf

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Thanks guys! Dave ty for the reminder about bones. When DH takes it from him tonight I want him to throw them out. I couldn't believe DH bought them. They look gross to me. Diane I will work on that with Murphy. He is laying at my feet and watching that darn thing like a hawk! Sally I have no idea what my little screwball has going through that little mind of his. He sure as heck doesn't want to chew on it and I have never seen a dog do that head rubbing thing. It was almost like he was trying to get the scent of it on him.

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