Thank you, Iím looking forward to learning from all of you. He just started doing that with certain things he finds around the house that heís not supposed to have lol... he thinks everything belongs to him.
He needs to be taught that it is more beneficial for him to drop what he has than to maintain control of it. "Drop" must first be taught to a point of mastery in a setting that is not also filled with emotion. Here is the basic process, explained really well by Emily on her channel, Kikopup: https://youtu.be/tVivnOwiMoA
That said, around the house, management is ALWAYS your best bet with a young dog. Kodi is 11 1/2 and he will still ALWAYS try to steal any loose paper he finds on the floor. ALWAYS. If he can sneak away with it. (he will even steal kleenex from my purse if I don't zip it up and he can reach it, the little devil dog! LOL!) He will tear it up and swallow it. It is what it is, and we hope it wasn't the deed to the house.
He DOES have a strong enough "out" cue that if I see that he has taken something and follow him, I can put my hand under his chin and say "Out!" in a cheery voice. He stares me in the face and growls at me. I wait patiently, and he eventually makes up his mind and SPITS it into my hand. I tell him what a brilliant boy he is, and we run together into the kitchen to get him a cookie.
Prying a dog's mouth open to get something away from them is a good way to get badly bitten. ...And you can't really blame the dog if it happens under those circumstances. This training MUST be one before putting the dog or you in this position. Until then, management is absolutely key. If you can't manage the environment enough (i.e. kids) then you must manage the dog by keeping the dog confined only to "safe" areas of the house.
Oh, and this isn't a "Havanese thing"... it's a "dog thing".