I have had a dog or two do that to my arm...but honestly, I have no idea what it means. I just like to think that they are grooming me! LOL
I wrote back that my inclination was just to ban juicy marrow bones, so I gave the two I'd bought to our neighbor for her lab, who was very grateful. Anyway, in light of that I was wondering about the nibbling. However, on the whole Chou's been very well behaved otherwise; she's been really good about coming and following directions, and yesterday we went to NYC for the day to go to the opera and left her with my son and d-i-l and she was perfect. I was a bit worried because my d-i-l is softspoken and I wasn't sure Chou would cooperate for her, but she was terrific; my son even hinted that they'd be happy to keep her overnight, and now they want a dog, too! So I didn't know whether the nibbling was a sign that we should be paying attention to or whether it was meaningless.Here's the thing: as you read, some dogs can handle body parts... some can't. Your, for now at least, cannot.
This can be a limited situation... no bone, no growling.
I think you handled it well and she was clearly stressed by the matter so... no marrow bones when kids are around.
If safe, and it certainly sounds it from here but I cannot know, you can practice with her - taking the bone, praising and giving something of a treat then returning the bone to her until she learns how to handle this. If she does, great. If she doesn't, she'll be bone-free which is no great loss.
You sound great and she looks like a cutie....
Hi...yeah we are having this same problem with Kirby. It seems to happen about 1/3 of the time when we give him a really good bone. We don't want to have to restrict what we give them so we are working at trading him something else when we take the bone. He did just growl at my husband yesterday but has only tried to snap once. We never had this problem with Dexter...but we have worked on taking things from him since he was a puppy.Actually, I think it was NJ Leslie (Imtoth) that had posted the guarding a bone topic....I think they had a brief bout with Kirby?....BUT, if I remember correctly, Leslie has also been working diligently with this issue (I don't think they have the issue with Dex though)---I'm sure she'll chime in here eventually....there may have been a few others on the forum that also had similar instances occur....