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Old 08-06-2014, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I'm not due to get my pup till November but just trying to do as much research about as much as possible so I am fully prepared when he or she comes.

I have been reading about feeding and don't think I have found this anywhere.

I have heard that its good practice to every now and then take your dogs food away whilst it is eating. Apparently to show who the boss is, and then let the dog have the food back again. Can anyone shed some light on how true this is? To me it seems quite mean to the dog?
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Nope, don't take the food away, don't stick your hand in the food bowl or any of a number of other theories. That can easily create a food problem.

What you can do is toss good stuff in the bowl while he is eating. Good things come when you are close by.

If you are concerned about being able to remove things from his mouth, play a trade up game. Teach the command 'out'.
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No. Taking food away isn't going to show your puppy who's boss, but it might create resource guarding issues.
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I hate this show-them-who's-the-boss crap. One trainer around here actually advocates holding the dog down to do the same thing. There was a couple in Xerxes' puppy class that had a german short-hair that was extremely shy that this other trainer had done that to this poor shy dog. ( The trainer in my puppy class does not do this.) The couple was very upset by this and left the class. My puppy class trainer doesn't do this. This dog was a lot more social after just being around other dogs in my puppy class and no one held the poor thing down. Where do they get these stupid ideas?
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Cool guys, thanks so much for the quick response. It came from one of the old school handlers at work. They used to teach by discipline ie punish if get it wrong. Im talking used to because he has been a handler for 14 years. Now they teach by positive re-inforcement ie treats, which he said is easier, but can make the dogs softer?

Anywho, getting off topic, thanks for the advice.
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What do you want your dog for? Protection? a pet? What's wrong with them being "softer" as you put it? I would call it being more social. I'd rather have a social dog that gets along with other dogs and people. If that's softer, so be it.
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A better way is to walk by his bowl while he is eating and drop something even better in there. That way he knows that not only will you not take his food away once you give it to him, but wonderful things come from you if you approach his bowl.
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A better way is to walk by his bowl while he is eating and drop something even better in there. That way he knows that not only will you not take his food away once you give it to him, but wonderful things come from you if you approach his bowl.

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Old 08-07-2014, 12:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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What do you want your dog for? Protection? a pet? What's wrong with them being "softer" as you put it? I would call it being more social. I'd rather have a social dog that gets along with other dogs and people. If that's softer, so be it.
I don't mind the dogs being soft, I think by soft he just meant they find it harder to train the bite. Personally as a pet it obviously doesnt matter, I think they just are of that different train of thought.

I definatly won't be taking food off them
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I read somewhere that you should move your dog's bowl around whule it's eating to prevent him from becoming food-aggressive. However I wouldn't take it away. Some dogs, like mine, tend to lose appetite easily and by taking it away you might just ruin his mood to eat.

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