|08-20-2013 11:07 AM|
I'm one of those that believe you should be able to put your hands in their bowl, for the same reason lmuns349 said. I never exchanged for a higher value item.. I just took it away and gave it back when their was no reaction. If they did try to "grab it" or "guard it", I'd make sure they knew that was NOT OK by taking it and doing it all over again.
I didn't know any smaller children when Knuckles was a puppy, but I still did it... and now I have 3 different babies/toddlers that visit occasionally. Guess what babies do? They crawl... they crawl up to food dishes and dog toys (since dog toys are the only "toys" we have in the house). The first time one of the babies crawled up to Knuckles and grabbed a toy out of his mouth I saw the shock on Knuckles' face, he looked at me like "WTF?". I said "good boy" and he gave a big sigh and laid his head down. The kid handed it back to Knuckles and, again, he looked at me and I said "its ok" and he ever so gently took his toy back and set it on the floor. Now its a game to him to have kids take things from him so he can take them from them. Its like "baby fetch" LOL
I should also add that there is almost always food in one of the dogs' bowl in our kitchen, so when these kids come over they seem to be magnets to kids. Until I get there to put the food up, I don't have to worry about one of the dogs thinking the kid is going to take their food. I think because I did this take away/give back thing with their food, they know that their food isn't going anywhere... its safe, so they don't eat all their food in one sitting. I fill the bowls in the morning and it usually takes them until mid afternoon to finish it all. I've had both of the dogs "remind me" after the kids leave that I forgot to put their food bowls back down... but more often than not, they don't even eat it when I set it down, they just like knowing it's there.
|08-20-2013 10:47 AM|
We put our hands in our pup's food and practiced taking his bowl away while he was eating. We only took it away once or twice during each meal, and as long as he was good he got it back right away. This was done just to make sure that, if for some bizarre reason a child decides to bug him while be eats before we notice, he won't care.
We never had any issues with him growling, except for once when he had a marrow bone for the first time and we tried to take it away. He growled, we promptly told him no and put it away for a few seconds. When he sat nicely, we gave it back and tried again. If he didn't growl, he would get it back immediately, and sometimes the food/bone would only make it a few inches off the floor before we gave it back. When it got to the point where he could reliably eat calmly while we let him or stuck our hands near his food, we stopped. I imagine if we kept bugging him when he was doing a good job, he would probably get confused or start guarding.
Our vet used to play "cheesy hands" with the pups in our puppy class. She would put easy-cheese on all over her hands and let all the *puppies* (not dogs) lick it off at once. If any pup lifted a lip or showed signs of aggression, she took the hand away, waited, and then tried again. Eventually they learned that aggressive signs meant the food went away. I did this with duke again a few weeks ago with another puppy. The puppy part is important because usually the little ones are so excited about food that they don't notice what the other dogs are doing. I did it with a spoon and some yogurt. Each time duke lifted a lip, I pulled the spoon away. I would NEVER do this with two full grown dogs. A quick way to start a fight for sure. It did work though, after a couple tries he was able to eat the yogurt calmly while the puppy was bouncing all over sharing it with him.
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|08-20-2013 09:02 AM|
I'd forget any obedience before feeding. I hold the bowl and look at the dog. When the dog takes his eyes of the food and looks straight into my eyes for a few moments then it gets the food. I put it down and walk away.
If there are many dogs i supervise to make sure nobody is interrupted when eating by the other dogs. Each has to look into my eyes before they get fed. They cop on quickly and realize sitting calmly is gonna get them the food faster or first. The most excited dog gets ignored til they calm down.
Get a raised bowl so the food bowl is well of the ground too. This gives the dog a less guarding stance when eating. You can also get a sectioned bowl so the dog eats slower.
|08-20-2013 05:43 AM|
Like Nigel said, you could be creating this by messing with his food. Just leave him be and it's not an issue and trade if you must take it away. I'd growl too if you messed with my food LOL
|08-20-2013 02:13 AM|
Are there any other animals in the house? Does he become aggressive if other animals are near also? My Pomeranian is food aggressive we have to feed animals separate and not leave bones laying around. I also will hand feed him sometimes just so he can associate hand with being feed, even if he sees the hand putting a few pieces in his bowl at a time. This has been helping him. Good luck
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|08-20-2013 01:08 AM|
|Nigel||I don't know how often you do this, but I'd leave him alone once the food is given, no need to mess with them while they eat. If you have a need to take food, bone, or treat away, offer something of higher value and then take the bone/treat, but again, unless there is a need to do so, don't take or mess with him otherwise or you may develop the very issue you are trying to avoid.|
|08-20-2013 12:21 AM|
Need advice - food agression issues
My puppy Zeus is 5 1/2 months old. Up until this week I was able to put my hand in his food bowl while he was feeding and add treats or additional food without any problems. This week he began growling and barking at me and other family members if we place a hand near his food bowl while he is eating. He gets plenty of food three times a day, I have him in the down position while I prepare his food, and in every other aspect he is a very obedient and submissive dog....except this and it just now started. I am unsure how to handle it. With me, it happened the first time a few min ago. I interrupted his feeding for few minutes immediately, crated him, and hand fed him the rest of his meal with no problems and with his bowl in my lap after a few minutes. Problem is when the bowl leaves my lap...lol...can someone provide some tips please