how can i retrieve something from my 1-year-old shih tzu's mouth without him clamping down and biting me?

My 1 yr old shih tzu puts bark and whatever else she can find in her mouth. Today I thought she had a rubber band in her mouth from outside. When I went to retrieve it she clamped down and bit me fiercely while growling. Needless to say there was blood everywhere. How should I respond to this behavior.

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