I found the board a couple of months ago and love reading all of the posts, and lurking. I've always been a "small paws" owner, but recently rescued a very skinny 6 month old Irish Setter (he's AKC, I got him from a breeder, pedigree seems fine).
Anyway, he's a good dog, a bit of a barker and jumper, but he's a pup. He does have some aggressive problems though. If he has a toy, he's very possessive of it, and will growl and attempt to bite if someone, or another dog, comes near him while he has it. He did break my guy friends skin. He does not, however do this to me (I'm a female by the way, if that matters at all) but does it to everyone else, I can take anything away from him, no problem.
Also, if kids run by him while he's on his leash or something, he barks at them and I can not tell if he wants to chase them or play with them.
Is this normal behavior? How do I correct it? He was housed with lots of other dogs, and his litter mates, when I got him. He plays fine with dogs and people if he does not have a toy or something that he thinks is "his."
He's fine with his food, but if he has a bone or something he exhibits the same aggressive behavior.
Thanks all! And "AJ" thanks you too!