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04-02-2014 09:48 AM
onyx'girl Paws Abilities Dog Training | Paws Abilities]Playing with your dogs food, good idea or not?
04-02-2014 04:56 AM
Arlene/Archer Petalsky, if someone has their hand in my food bowl I'd bite them hard too.
I've never understood the logic of bothering dogs while they eat, it just seems to make more problems than it solves. My advice to you is give the dog space to eat in peace and remove the feed bowl when finished. I make my own dog sit patiently while I prepare his food and sit again when I take it out to the patio where I feed him. The second his bum hit the ground he gets his food.
Feeding time should not be a battle of wills. You can hand feed her treats while training and teaching tricks, which will show her that hand- good, but leave the poor old pup alone while she's trying to eat.
04-02-2014 02:22 AM
Diesel7602 My boy has never growled with food. but , what I do is make him sit or shake before he gets his food. Some times he likes the little extras I put in his bowl that he will sit down fast and wave his paw up and down trying to go threw the trick before food. lol. =) I also started him out very young by putting my hand by his face or in the bowl, that way he knows I'm not a threat and its save for him to eat with out any problems. If he ever did growl at me, I would do what other posters have said and take his food away, let him know that a person that is big enough to give you anything is big enough to take every thing away.

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02-17-2014 03:58 AM
Charlie W Without adding too many new ideas, what I did with my pup when he tried to growl me away from the food was to say "no" in a firm voice, take the food bowl away and leave the pup for a few minutes. Then return it, praise good behaviour and repeat the removal of the bowl if she growls again. The reprimand and removal have to be instant though, so that she makes the connection between her behaviour and losing the food. It worked really well for me and didn't take long!
02-16-2014 09:42 PM
onyx'girl get rid of the bowl. Feed her from your hand only and ask for some commands(simple sits, downs) Keep it happy and upbeat. Eventually ask for more, paw shake, circles, turns
When you give the dog their meal after they've earned it, there should be no reason to mess with them while they enjoy the meal.
Resource guarding is different and if the dog(pup) is growling because of something high value, the high value is removed. They didn't earn it. Practice NILIF if necessary.
02-16-2014 09:24 PM
petalsky As an update things had been going really well and I had been feeding by hand and sticking my hand in the bowl feeding her, etc. No growling for over a week. Then tonight she growled once and then snarled and bit my hand, hard as I had it in the bowl. I am sure it was not an accident.

I said no firmly and put her in her crate. I didn't really know what else to do at the moment. In a few minutes I will take her outside and she will be back in her crate for the night (sans potty time, of course.)

At a loss. Do I continue working with her this way? It seems to be getting worse and she is only 10 weeks now. Am I doing something wrong? Feeling so discouraged!
02-09-2014 03:51 PM
carmspack it is not about the number of places the young pup has been to , it is about the very very young age -- the dog can't process that much at that age -- don't over whelm
02-09-2014 01:20 AM
petalsky Harry and Lola - Thanks. That is usually how I try to feed her and I also drop items like small pieces of chicken or cheese in there so she gets the idea that my hands (or my daughter's hands) bring her good things.

Thank you again for your supportive answer. I am trying my best to provide a good home for Emery.
02-09-2014 12:04 AM
Harry and Lola IMO you are doing the right thing with hand feeding her and allowing other family members to give her food as well. Not sure exactly how you are doing it, but try with holding her bowl and hand feed her then place her bowl on the ground, put your hand in the bowl and hand feed her again - get her used to this and persevere as you are totally correct in saying you don't want this puppy behaviour to continue and turn into adult food aggression. Also, I think you should encourage family members to walk past her as she is eating - she has to learn it is ok and they will not take her food and she does not need to fight to get fed. So, get different family members to hold the bowl, hand feed, put hand in bowl and hand feed, walk past, pick up bowl again and hand feed then put bowl back down - desensitize her and with consistency she will eventually learn to trust everyone.

With the fearfulness with strange men, again keep doing what you are doing and aim for building trust here as well. Allow her the opportunity to see strangers, perhaps at a comfortable distance, keep preserving and she will eventually begin to realise that the strange men she sees when with you are OK and that you have everything in control and she can trust you, keep an eye on the distance between her and the stranger, she doesn't have to be close to them immediately, she may need a few minutes of distance before she is comfortable with putting her nose to them.

With little ones that have had a bad start, it just takes a little longer to help them learn to trust. All puppies have to learn this, its really sad that some will have more difficulty through no fault of theirs.

Anyway to me, you sound very confident and know what you are doing - so just keep doing, don't give up.
02-08-2014 11:53 PM
petalsky wyoung2153 - Thanks for your advice/ideas. She has had two sets of shots thus far (the vet started her out at 6 weeks.) and one on the way in a couple more weeks. I have avoided other dogs and places they go, as much as possible. And we are waiting on socializing her with other pups until her 3rd round of shots.

carmspack - Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your viewpoint and concern for my pup. However, I didn't get a 5 week old on purpose. If my mom and I did not take Emery and her sister, I do not know what would have happened to them. If she is more work, that is fine with me.

I have made sure she gets plenty of 'peace and quiet' away from the kids, lol. Also, I never meant I was rushing her to places all day long, she has been to those places in the 4 weeks we have had her. And the vet's office was to get her shots, petco was to get supplies for her, etc.

Athena's Mom - I am glad I am not alone then. She was originally from a litterof 9, I was told. So that makes perfect sense. I am glad your doggie is doing so well. That gives me a lot of hope that with time Emery can learn no one is going to take her food away.
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