It all depends on what kind of respect he's talking about.a breeder of working czech dogs told me he is a strong believer about respecting dogs while they eat he said its about respect
anyone else follow this rule? is he wrong to feel or think that way? thanks
I live by this rule as well. Also, no licking out the other's empty bowls until said dog has left it to be licked out. I also don't allow toy stealing.My dogs learn to respect the other dogs food bowl as well. I don't like when they switch bowls and dig their nose into the next dogs bowl while they are still eating.
That should be a given. There is something seriously wrong if you can't do that at all and I won't accept it.I, personally, do not follow that rule. I do respect my dogs, but I also expect that they trust me - if I feel the need to reach into their bowls, then they should accept that. They all do. I can take things out of their mouths as well. I do not do this on a daily basis or anything and 9 times out of 10 I usually only put something delish in their bowls. However, I fully expect them to accept me taking whatever I want from them, whenever I want.
I live by this rule as well. Also, no licking out the other's empty bowls until said dog has left it to be licked out. I also don't allow toy stealing.
Same here. I'll hand feed part of a meal when they're young, I play trading games so they learn to give me what they have for something as good or better, I'll put stuff in their bowls while they eat, I can be near them and thump them on the side while they eat, I can sit on the floor and pet them them while they chew a bully stick, but I don't stick my hands in their bowls and mess with their food. I don't think it's necessary, and as others pointed out, it can cause more problems than it prevents....I always respect them when they eat.
But when it comes time to grab something out of their mouths - kleenex, a bone they've chewed too far down, whatever - I can.
Yes, it was resource guarding. But IMO she was well within her rights to do so and I think the trainer was completely inappropriate to scold her for it.How about this scenario...and I ask because Chris just gave me a new outlook on it with her post...
At an event, Jax was laying on the ground with her bag of treats in front if her. This Great Dane puppy (puppy at full grown height), bounded over to sniff her treats. Jax took great exception to that. My trainer friend grabbed the treats, told Jax No! These AREN'T yours! and put them away.
So, was that resource guarding? Jax isn't stupid...she knew those treats were hers. Or was she well within her rights to correct the very large puppy?