|01-10-2014 03:57 AM|
This worked for me as mine was very food agressive. I started making her sit and spoon feeding her. She realized I had the control and after a few weeks I started giving her food in her bowls and had no problems since. That was about 2 years ago.
She has also been taught to sit and wait by her bowl until I give her the command to eat. Sometiems I am doing a few things at the same time and forget and she is still sitting there waiting for meto tell her.
Now if I can get her to do some other things, like stop jumping like a maniac after I park the car and desperately trying to climb over me and out, then I can say she is really trained.
|01-03-2014 09:26 PM|
|01-03-2014 09:18 PM|
|5rgj||My puppy was starting to get possesive over his food - eat harder and faster whenever anyone approached him. By sitting on a low stool holding the bowl of food in my hands between my knees (I guess you could put it on you lap too) having him sit in front of me and when he's calm and gives me eye contact telling him to come. He calmly eats his food. After just a few sessions he's no longer bothered by people neaby whilst he's eating.|
|12-28-2013 11:55 AM|
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|12-28-2013 10:40 AM|
Every pup I have ever had ...from day one...I put my face in their food bowl either first or while the dog was eating....ya know..some of that puppy kibble doesn't taste all that bad
However, that time has passed for you and with a 4 month old shepherd I would be a bit leery about sticking my snout in their food bowl.
I do like the suggestions some made about trading off one food item for another. I know I always would be able to take a big meaty bone from my pup at an early age, not to tease her but simply to teach her not to get too possessive of food items.
Read up on the "right of ownership" in a dog's world...you might find some value in trying to understand the dog's mindset when it comes to "protecting" certain items....food included.
|12-28-2013 10:20 AM|
My best girl friends dog had some issues with this, they did some research on the topic. This method worked for them. They elevated the food so the dog was not over the bowl.
|12-28-2013 03:34 AM|
Something to note. This doesn't happen quickly with most dogs, and testing your progress can quickly undo any progress you have made. Take your time and set the dog up to be comfortable. This can take months, but it's worth it.
If you have to take something away, try and trade for a high value treat for a while, until the dog is non reactive to you while eating. This will help enforce the fact that you are the bringer of things, not the taker that needs to be driven away.
Many think you should just wade in and show the dog who is boss, and it will work with some dogs (and some people), but it could also make your job much more difficult. JMHO
|12-28-2013 01:34 AM|
|c0d13e||Thank you for the advice. Will give this a try and will let you know how it goes.|
|12-28-2013 01:16 AM|
There are very different opinions on this, but I don't mess with my dogs' food after I give it to them. This can create food aggression, as they feel they have to defend their food from you so they can eat it. I give them their food and let them be.
Hand feeding is different than giving a high value item and then trying to take it away. A common technique is to give the dog half of its' meal and then when the bowl is empty you add a few pieces of food at a time to the bowl, thus conditioning the dog that your hand means more food, not the removal of the food.
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