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01-10-2014 03:57 AM
GSDMUM 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
Packen
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How to get rid of food aggression on a 4 month old puppy?
He is a puppy, there is no aggression! feed him by hand and make him follow you, make it a game. Teach him to lick your fist while you play game of "follow my hand", only open hand when he is fully engaged. Walk backwards with him engaged on your fist, route him between your legs, walk with him in heel position then switch to play. All the food he eats he gets from your hand.
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
Bequavious
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I've heard of this too! The dog standing over an item with it between it's front legs means "this is my item". If you move the item to a spot where they can't claim ownership over it then it helps sometimes... That's what I heard anyway! Never had to deal with this issue though.


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Yeah you can hold the bowl so it's just within reach. You lower a touch so he can eat and lift it back up so he's looking to you waiting again. The dog never takes ownership of the food bowl and it's similar to hand feeding or giving treats during training. I've seen people do it and it definitely creates a different dynamic; I'm not sure how well it would work with raw though, since the individual 'pieces' are large and take so long to eat.


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12-28-2013 11:25 AM
Eiros
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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.
I've heard of this too! The dog standing over an item with it between it's front legs means "this is my item". If you move the item to a spot where they can't claim ownership over it then it helps sometimes... That's what I heard anyway! Never had to deal with this issue though.


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12-28-2013 10:40 AM
SuperG 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.

SuperG
12-28-2013 10:20 AM
misslesleedavis1
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How do you figure that will help?

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
David Winners 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

David Winners
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
David Winners 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.

JMHO
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