Dog aggressive with toys and food?

My dog stole an avocado seed and took it under the bed. I called him several times, but he wouldn't come, so I went looking for him. I didn't want him to get sick from eating it. I found him under the bed, when I bent down he started growling. I told him "no" and tried to shoo him from the seed. He nearly bit me. I scolded again and shooed him from the seed. Took it, growled and nearly bit again. Then he got out from under the bed. I threw out the seed and told him "no, go lay down" and again he freaked out and nearly bit me. I ended up having to hold him down on his back to calm him down. He freaks out whenever he has food or toys, and runs away if you are too close to them. Then he comes back and drops the toy at my feet to play fetch. No problems then. It's only when I try to take something he shouldn't have, that he acts out like this... I haven't been bitten yet, luckily I'm quick. I don't want to deal with that risk of being bit by my dog though. I love him, I don't want to be forced to take him back to the shelter for biting someone. He also hates strangers, strays, and men. ...Yes men, specifically with baseball caps. I don't know why, I assume a past owner abused him since he was returned to the shelter twice for aggression. I'm just starting to notice why they'd take him back... I don't want to give up on him, he's been through enough. I just don't know how to handle this. Obedience training maybe? Would that help with object aggression and aggression towards strangers? Info about the dog: He is a two year old, 8 pounds, Chiweenie mix. Been returned to the shelter twice. Shelter workers warned I'd most likely bring him back. I've had him for about three months. He HATES men, though he now trusts my dad. He gets along well with our other animals, but sometimes he just suddenly freaks out and snaps at them. I assume it's because he's a small dog. Since people have told me they are aggressive. I almost named him Napoleon. He does not always come when I call him. He squeezes past me to run out the door when I tell him to stay. Unless I have my purse, if I do he just sits while I walk out. He can jump about 3 feet in the air, so I'm worried about bites to people who come to the door. We have to put him in a separate room when people come to the door, so he doesn't squeeze out after them. He seems to understand not to bother people on the road, but I'm still worried about that. He seems to have a digging issue. He knows the beg command, a past owner must have taught him. I've tried other commands, he doesn't seem to know any. (besides stay, again only if I have my purse) I've taken him to the vet, he needed dental work, he still is having aggression though. Any advice at all would be appreciated. I only take things from him that will hurt him. Like seeds, broken toys, things like plastic that he tears and eats, wood that he brings in. He goes outside frequently, I don't want to use a chain since he stays with the other dogs, and there are very large predatory birds out here. I don't want him to be a sitting duck. He has plenty of space and our home is very calm. I'd give him his own things, but he's broken all of them, I'm going to buy some bones.

Asked By: - 9/4/2012
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A lot of times aggression is misdiagnosed...true aggression is when the dog wants to out and out KILL the other party. If a dog wanted to bite you, he would be able to do so...they are quicker than you. The fact that he did not bite but "warned" you he would indicates he is fear aggressive..sometimes the norm for... More
Answered By: luckydog - 9/4/2012
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Get a crate and if he trys to bite you put him in for the crate for ten minutes but the food in his face if he trys to take it tell him know and keep repeating it until he learns his lesson. Thats how i taught my dog who would growl when i went near his food
Answered By: John - 9/4/2012
Don't pin him on his back. And don't try to take things from him. He needs things that belong to only him. Don't bother him too much either. Give him space.. let him go out for a few hour a day.. maybe on a chain or whatever they use these days. And just tell people to take off their hat and don't talk as loud.
Answered By: Monica Teakell - 9/4/2012
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