What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees.
June 27, 2012 1:57 PM Subscribe
What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees?
posted by ShootTheMoon to Pets & Animals (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My dog becomes aggressive around other dogs when she "claims" a toy at the dog park or around the home. She learned long ago when she was a puppy that it was her duty to protect any ball that she claims, and she learned that the best way to do this is to snarl and nip at any dog that comes near. What are some ways I can deal with this behavior through positive reinforcement?
Please note, the dog is not aggressive towards people. She will gladly give her ball to any people that come and grab it. She also will drop the ball in front of random people, expecting them to throw it. This is only behaviour that is displayed towards other dogs. She is also not food possessive, this only occurs with balls and frisbees.
Right now, I deal with it by not letting her have balls or frisbees in the park. She generally won't pick up balls thrown for other dogs. But this is a dog park, and people throw balls. Sometimes people pick up a ball and throw it for her. I will usually talk to people about this when it occurs, letting them know she is not allowed to play with balls. She also will bring me tennis balls she finds and will lay them at my feet. I simply pocket these balls and toss them away when she is not looking. Telling her no when she is about to pick up a ball always works, but sometimes she will grab one when I am not looking.
So, in conclusion, I am looking for a positive way to help her become less aggressive when she finds balls. Keeping balls off limits works for now, but I'd like to work with her in the hopes that one day she can get past this.