Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
I had a dog that showed some growling at me over her food at about this age. I tried correcting her and with this dog that just made it worse. I then tried having her do a little obedience with the bowl in my hand, then would load her in her crate, put the food in and left her alone. I could take anything from her as she aged and learned not to be in conflict with me, but if I pet her or bothered her she would still stiffen a bit. It never went beyond the stiffening and that was usually only over high value meals like pork neck (I feed raw). If I told her "out" she would always let go of anything she was eating. She is the only dog this ever proved to be an issue and I have never had any since. I have learned to do things in a matter of fact way that doesn't create conflict with the dog. They go in their crates or in their spot in the kitchen, I put down their food and they eat. If I oops and put the wrong bowl in the wrong crate I just remove the one bowl and switch. No conflict, no growling, no problems.
You could also have him work for his food by using the meals as his reward while doing obedience, though this works best with kibble. I prefer to just let my dogs eat.
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