You know those REAL bones they sell wrapped in cellophane? I saw some at the Whole Food store today and almost bought one. Is 11 weeks too young? Are they even a good thing to start?....ever?
I encountered that with Chouette, who's normally the mildest of critters. We had always been able to get anything out of her mouth. But I bought her a lovely big marrow bone at the supermarket and when my granddaughter tried to take it away from her for a minute Chou growled at her. We scolded her firmly and did several take away/give backs, which she accepted submissively, but then I read about some dogs just being overly territorial about "body parts," so I got rid of the bone completely. Apparently it's not a problem with Deb's Charlie, and I'm sure I could work with Chou on it and not have it be a problem here, but why bother?Linda said:Bones are good to keep teeth clean, But our trainer advised never giving a high value item such as a bone to a puppy because it could promote resource guarding. It's just too much of a great item and the puppy will want to keep it at all costs (growling, etc). He advised no bones for a puppy and no bones for an adult until training is solid.
Chouette didn't react at all to pigs' ears. The lovely marrow bone was the only thing she guarded like that. She's admittedly reluctant to allow me to remove rotting bird carcasses from her mouth, but she doesn't growl - she just tries to avoid my probing fingers. Eeee-yew! :roll:lindamarie said:I think I'll steer clear of these things. ........thanks!
Leslie, my Springer couldn't handle pig's ears. He was a really sweet dog, but pigs ears and other "body parts" made him quite aggressive. I don't need that again!