I still think mother knew best.....little kids and dog feeding don't go together very generally.
I too have a very dominant dog and I have to be on top of his behavior all the time. If I let him, he will happily go over to other dog's who are eating and stand over them until they give up their food, even when he has his own food. On top of that, he came to me food and toy aggressive. The breeder did not handle his food when he was eating ever, and it absolutely did not work for him. You couldn't even walk by him eating or he'd stand there very still over his food and growl while munching at it violently. I fixed that right away, and I don't believe just letting him be would have fixed it at that point. I think he's much happier now knowing that food is a privilege he needs to earn by behaving properly. A meal isn't a right, he has to work for everything he gets.Again you have to know YOUR dogs. Every dog and temperament is different. I have 2 czech dogs with 1 being extremely dominant (heavily linebred). I had to lay down the law early.
Some are, many won't be aggressive no matter if the owners don't do anything, but my thought is - why take the chance with little kids in the picture? The training remedy is a very simple one and insures there is no problem with anyone "coming near the dog while he is eating!".I don't know that dogs are food aggressive because no one ever goes near their food though. It is usually a larger picture than simply manipulation of the food bowl or not.
They will if the dogs are trained to tolerate and even enjoy the kids. We have a picture somewhere of our 2-3 yo son sitting on the floor between our two adult GSD's holding the bowl in his lap feeding the dogs one kibble at a time.I still think mother knew best.....little kids and dog feeding don't go together very generally.
I would not take it as insurance myself. No little kiddos around my eating dogs. We just did not mix that activity. I am too much about the kids and dogs to do that.
They will if the dogs are trained to tolerate and even enjoy the kids. We have a picture somewhere of our 2-3 yo son sitting on the floor between our two adult GSD's holding the bowl in his lap feeding the dogs one kibble at a time.
It is a great shot of the temperament of a GSD - both dogs also did very well in ScH training, BTW.
She did have good advice, a kid should always steer clear of a dog that is eating.I have never bothered any of the dogs while they ate. I figure it could be a great way to create a problem. I respect them and vice versa. My relationship with the dogs is not decided over the food dish but in other aspects of life and training.
When I was a child, my mum always admonished, "Don't bother the dog. He is eating.". She always had some good advice.