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Remove the item only when he is confined and replace the item with another treat. That isn't training, that's just self-preservation and management. If he guards the bed or couch when you approach, stop approaching and instead make a game of calling him away to do something fun. Use a cue like "here!" or a hand target.
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  • Hold a treat out in your hand near his nose when he allows you to stand next to him. Remove the toy or bone from him quickly while he occupies himself with the treat. Give him lots of praise for not growling and several treats.


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