When I was a girl, I was told once you give a dog a bone, you let him have it. Do not take it away because it could be dangerous. Perhaps I was a young child I was told this.
Later, a dog had good manners if the owner could take the bone from their dogs without any issues. I was able to do this with my Samoyed quite easily (from what I remember).
Well, today, both of my dogs had a rib bone. Lola was being very fustrated and she did not show any interest in her bone, she wanted Ilya's. I separated her to a different part of the room with her bone.
Ilya was so mezmerized by the bone, he hardly noticed he was off the towel and now eating on the carpet (yuck). I called his name and he looked at me but wouldn't stop chewing. Here is where I made my mistake... I reached for the bone and he growled and snapped. He had his teeth on my hand but he didn't bite at all. I retrieve my hand and call out his name again.... he growls a little bit.
I do think I need to train him regarding bones. He doesn't have a problem with me taking food away from him in the past. I guess it was his 2nd bone.
Well, I'm thinking I need to break his concentration because he has never reacted this way towards me. I turn on the vacuum cleaner that was near me and quickly turned it off. Ilya's mouth is now off of the bone and I tell him I want him to lay down on the towel. He takes his bone to the towel and continues eating... I tell him he's a good boy and he gives me a smile and 3 tail wags.
Is there a better way to have handled this without confrontation? Lola, did not care if I constantly took her bone away from her.
I have not asked Ilya to "leave it" or "drop it" with food before. What would you use?