Rae: Help with my foster dog and toy aggression?
I have two rescued Pit Bulls one female Dyna, and a male Lugnut. They are wonderful with everyone both human and animal. I recently decided to open my home to a foster Pit Bull. I wanted to be sure my two existing dogs were happy to share their home with a new dog. As I expected Lugnut and Dyna immediately welcomed Piglet, a small female Pit Bull to the pack. Piglet is not dog, human, or food aggressive. She is however toy aggressive. When I let them all out for supervised play in the backyard Dyna came up to Piglet with a toy, assumed the play position to Piglet, and took off to incite a game of keep away. Piglet grabbed the toy, and when Dyna went to her to continue play, Piglet snapped lashed out at Dyna, guarding the toy viciously. (Photo by docoverachiever )
Obviously I have removed all toys and bones. I only give bones to all the dogs when Piglet is confined to her crate (the only time she goes in her crate). I know this is a good way to avoid issues, and I haven’t seen any toy guarding behavior obviously by not allowing a situation to transpire. Yet I would like all the dogs to be able to play outside together with toys. I’m not sure if this is something I could do to eradicate this behavior. The toys, bones, etc are the only triggers for piglet’s dog aggression. Without these items they all get along wonderfully. Any helpful hints would be great!
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Answer by ✘ Wheaten Mom
I have never dealt with guarding behaviors in my own dogs. When I have fosters that show a guarding tendency, I do exactly what you are doing.
I always recommend for the new owners (after discussing with them and the rescue what's going on) that they should pick up "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson.
Answer by Get_him_Dun 04
I had a boston terrier that did the same thing. She's just saying "it's mine!" Whenever she doesn it I would walk over and take the toy and keep doing it until she gets the hint that it isn't acceptable behaviour.
Answer by alj
This is a tough issue because you don't want to "punish" the other dogs during play time. I would start by maybe keeping piglet in her crate or confined where she can see the other 2 dogs. Give all 3 dogs toys or bones to play with. Hopefully watching the 2 playing will inspire her to play as well. This could take a while but if not, well, no one is doing without playtime. Will she let you take her toy? I currently own 2 Boxers & 2 Pit Bulls, so I can sympathize with you. I have other ideas, but not enough room here!
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