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We've a 6 months old boxer puppy, the last days he wanted to attack my boyfriend when he passed his food bowl. He gave a warning (became frozen) but then jumped on my boyfriend and wanted to bite him. I moved the bowl to a more quiet area there he could eat completely undisturbed. Today he got a bone, he was laying with me in the living-room when my boyfriend walked in and he rushed to him and jumped on him and wanted to bite him. He didn't want to bite hard but just say "don't come closer to my bone". Problem that he last time didn't give any warning, as soon as he saw my boyfriend he rushed to him. With me he never shows any sign of aggression, I can take any bone, toy or food from him and he don't care. It's just with the boyfriend. Question how should we work on this? When he was younger, we always gave something in exchange for a bone etc so he would see it as a "win-win situation". Also problem that my boyfriend doesn't have so much experience with dogs.

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I think you might want to try to give your boyfriend the responsibility for feeding the dog, and re-start the exchange training...

It is very normal for a dog to protect his food, so you have to continue training him that food is not a scarce resource.

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Please take everything I say below with a grain of salt and understand there are other methods out there. This is just what I've read/been taught/learned. Many others would disagree, so you need to do your own research as well.

Have your boyfriend participate in this, as dogs tend to be more protective against males for some reason - perhaps because they are larger, may speak deeper/louder. Generally, your dog should be receiving handsome treats from every guy who's friendly enough to assist you. This is part of his socialization process.
It may help also to just teach him that really good things happen to him when
people are around his food and toys. They suggest that whenever you
and your family approaches him while he's eating or chewing a toy, to
throw treats to him, gradually decreasing the distance until he is
happy with you sitting right next to him and even petting him gently
while he's playing. You'll know you are doing it right when you
approach him, and looks eagerly up at you hoping to get some treats.
When he's eating a forbidden object, rather than scolding him, which
can be intimidating at times, it may be good to try to distract him
away, or trade up with a really good treat. If it's a non threatening
object (like a tissue), let him have it, and just ignore him, as it's
ok for them to chew on those once in a while, and taking it away will
only slow his progression. Whenever you play "drop it", it's also
super important to ALWAYS return the toy/object back, that way he
learns that he can give it up, and will still get it back in the end +
treat and praise. It's also good to incorporate the word "Take It",
for when you want him to take back the toy you traded him for. This
way you have a control stimulus for when he's allowed to take it and
when he should drop it. In the end, he must learn 2 things: That good
things happen when people are around, and that he will not lose his
object/food if he gives it up to a human, rather, he will receive a
tasty treat, and get the object back right after!

For food, hand feed him from the bowl at least twice a week: sit on
the floor with him, and feed the food to him from the bowl - I did
this with him from a very young age, so it's nothing new to him.
Praise him for eating the food nicely out of your hand. And randomly
drop treats into his bowl while he's eating. That way he associates
human hand near food = more better food! And also, when he's getting
better with food, you can pick up his bowl, put a really tasty treat
in it, and return it to him. Again, never take away his food bowl if
he hasn't finished eating, as this will reinforce guarding.

For resource guarding places/furniture, teach him "Off" and "On"; Call
him on the couch, but don't treat. Then, lead him off the couch with a
lure/tasty treat, and when all four paws hit the floor, treat and
reward heavily. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until he is willingly leaving
the couch/bed every time you say "Off". (Keep in mind that you want to
do this exercise when he's in "training/play mode", not when he's
already resting on it. This way he's highly motivated to interact with
you, and is also hungry so the treats are super motivating). That way,
he finds it rewarding to listen to you, as he knows that it means he
gets a treat!. Allow him back up on the bed/couch each time, so you
have ample opportunity to practise. Also, like your son's room, any
place that he guards, he should have restricted access to, until he
learns the "Off" cue, and has a reliable Recall. These behaviours are
reinforcing themselves, so giving him that opportunity to guard will
slow his progress (it's excellent you are crating him, this is the
perfect thing to do in that situation). What you can teach him here,
is when he's resting in a room, call out to him, "Come Charlie!", and
if he gets up to go to you, reward EXTREMELY heavily. I did this with
him while he was upstairs, and I was in the kitchen - not when I was
in his space, as this can have the opposite effect. Give him the best
treats, all the praise and attention. That way, any time you want him
to move from his current location, you can just call to him, and you
won't have to risk moving him yourself. The recall command needs to be
practised daily at home, and also on the street, in the dog park,
everywhere! It is the single most important command he needs to get
down solid.
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