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04-20-2014 07:03 PM
wolfy dog
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What other medium treats I can try before brining out the knuckle bone.

Dakota 1/16/14
I would start with stuff she does not have a problem with like a low interest toy. Give it to her and then hold a treat in front of her. As soon as she drops the toy, you say, "Trade?" and give her the treat. Then return the toy and ignore her. She will learn that giving up something is not always a bad thing.Then you gradually increase the value of the toys, treats you give and trade her with. I would make the treats more valuable (to her) than the item you want to take.
Example: if I want to take away a piece of paper, I can get away with a kibble. But if I need to take away a raw bone, I have to come up with something tasty and aromatic like smoked ham.
DDog is only 5 months old so I am still working with treats for giving up something. As he gets older I can skip these gradually. These same techniques goes for her food dish.
04-20-2014 06:18 PM
Sunflowers I buy meat on sale and cut it into candy bar sized strips, then freeze it.

When it comes time to take away the knuckle bone, I give him the frozen meat and take the bone.
04-20-2014 06:15 PM
TheDakotaShow
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Make sure she can handle it. A knuckle bone is one of the most valuable treat to take away. Did you try her with less tempting possessions?
What other medium treats I can try before brining out the knuckle bone.

Dakota 1/16/14
04-20-2014 03:01 PM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by TheDakotaShow View Post
Was so tempted to try the knuckle bone today but will have to give it a shot either tomorrow or next week. But I will record it to show progression or not.

Dakota 1/16/14
Make sure she can handle it. A knuckle bone is one of the most valuable treat to take away. Did you try her with less tempting possessions?
04-19-2014 11:59 PM
TheDakotaShow
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Curious if there is an update?
Was so tempted to try the knuckle bone today but will have to give it a shot either tomorrow or next week. But I will record it to show progression or not.

Dakota 1/16/14
04-18-2014 12:50 PM
Diesel7602
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This makes it worse, as it confirms her fear and she learns that your presence is bad news.
You can try the opposite: when she is eating from a bowl call her name so she knows where you are and give her a piece of meat (something better than kibble) from your hand and leave her alone to finish eating. Do this a few times every meal. Get your hand with the meat closer as she is doing well until you can stick your hand in her bowl. Then you can touch the bowl while you give her the meat until you can lift the bowl etc.
Take your time.
Although my dogs don't have FA I still do this once in while to keep it up.
BTW you have a cute, clever looking puppy, brace yourself for that little smartie!
That's why I said if it was my dog. Luckily I don't have to worry about a food aggressor, but right when I brought my puppy home I did this and never had a problem, either it worked, or I just have a really good pup =) but yes, there is always 2 sides of the fence =) either way you choose , you always have a plan B

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04-18-2014 11:55 AM
wyoung2153 Curious if there is an update?
04-18-2014 11:42 AM
my boy diesel yes
do not take the food bowl and play with it repeatedly
the goal is to make her more secure not less secure

I can walk over and take a bone away from my dogs without them reacting in any way other than to give me a sad confused look but they also know by allowing me to take away a high value item, something else that's awesome is coming *usually in the form of chicken mixed with their kibble or a walk or trip to a pet store*.
a dog does not have the reasoning skills to know if you take a delicious bone that a trip to the pet store is its reward

the trade up game is done immediately
that is the dog is eating boring old kibble and you drop chicken bits into the bowl
but taking away a bone and then at meal time (later) giving it chicken is not going to do the trick

with high value treats you better be sure what you are trading for is a darn sight better immediately than what it has now
so a piece of cooked chicken or hot dog over the bone but not a trip to a pet store an hour from now

an alternative in any case is to allow the bone in the crate and when the dogs comes out of the crate to leave of course leave the bone in the crate
04-18-2014 11:39 AM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by Diesel7602 View Post
If this was my dog, I would take the food away for a few minutes if she growled
This makes it worse, as it confirms her fear and she learns that your presence is bad news.
You can try the opposite: when she is eating from a bowl call her name so she knows where you are and give her a piece of meat (something better than kibble) from your hand and leave her alone to finish eating. Do this a few times every meal. Get your hand with the meat closer as she is doing well until you can stick your hand in her bowl. Then you can touch the bowl while you give her the meat until you can lift the bowl etc.
Take your time.
Although my dogs don't have FA I still do this once in while to keep it up.
BTW you have a cute, clever looking puppy, brace yourself for that little smartie!
04-18-2014 03:53 AM
Diesel7602 If this was my dog, I would take the food away for a few minutes if she growled and try again tell she got the idea. Food should be given kinda on a schedule, not just laying around to eat when ever. Every thing my pup gets I.e.. Food , treats I make him work for it by sitting or shake. But water is all ways free, and always fresh. And I teach my pup that what I give I can take back or what she has I can take from her with out a fight. I think maybe your pup is doing this growling , eating fast because she is used to eating with her litter mates and trying to eat up fast and being protective of the food before it's eaten all up by her mates. This is just my opinion, I could be wrong. But I would do what others have said and hand feed. Maybe not all her food but some and then put it in a bowl and have her eat. maybe once while eating I would take the food for a sec then give it back. Even try waving your hand over the bowl while she eats or pick some up and put back down. But I wouldn't do to much because it can stress her out and make her more protective .just enough for her to know she can trust ya. Good luck =)

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