Exactly. It's like Robin said in another topic, I don't understand how it can even get to the point where a dog becomes food aggressive or so possessive that you can't even walk by anymore because I've never had that problem, nor did we ever have that problem at my parents.
I've dealt with a number of food aggressive dogs, but the one thing they all had in common was a bad history by the time they got to me, and that's the difference. However, I have not YET come across one that I couldn't teach that us being around their food was okay, and that the other dogs would not bother them - the longest was about 6 months of constant work to figure it out.
With new dogs, especially pups, I do a little messing around while they eat, but only in positive ways, and I've never had an issue with a dog I've raised from a young age being possessive about food or treats. A lot of times I use feeding time to detangle tails and/or mats that they seem to get no matter how much I brush them, and none has ever seemed threatened in the slightest by that.
My kids were taught from the beginning to let the dogs alone while they eat, and even if they got carried away and tripped over the dogs by playing at meal time I never had a dog show aggression over it. It seems to me that a lot of people just don't know if the dog is secure that you won't take their food, then they are more relaxed about it. I'm not sure I'm wording this exactly how I want to say it, but hopefully you get what I mean.
MrsK, your dogs are gorgeous!