I agree with this. Also, this is normal for most puppies. They're not usually born just accepting others touching their food, because they have to compete with their littermates for the first several weeks of their lives.Wow, so young! You have to slowly desensitize her and help her know that nobody will steal her food. Start as close as you can get without her growling (her threshold). Right at the point where she's starting to look nervous. Toss a very yummy treat (like a small piece of hot dog or cheese) her way. Do it a few times while she's eating. If you do this every day she should start expecting the treat and will let you get closer and closer. When she lets you get very close to the dish, put the treat directly in. If the treats are yummy enough she should be pretty happy by then! Anyway, that's what I did with my Rottweiler and it worked for him.
Also, when you have to take a toy away from her, trade her for a yummy treat so she doesn't start to think that you're just trying to steal her stuff.
Really? Why hasn't my mum's dog ever gotten this ultimatum? For 11 years, you'd think she would eat her food by herself for once. No, she has that bowl full all day without touching it... and only ever decides to eat if she can see you eating too... and even then she does this whole routine of bringing kibble by kibble her food to the carpet and eating it there sloooowly and leaving semi-chewed on kibble there for your bare feet's delight. Even her chewing sticks she won't eat by herself, she'll bring it close enough to your feet you end up holding it with your foot and that's when she eats it.Dogs gulp their food, it's just how they eat.
Yes. This is what I was trying to get at with my post but you worded it better than I did.In my opinion, there isn't any reason why you should take a dog's food away, or even have to pet them while they are eating. Lots of people CREATE guarding issues by doing this. Of course, the intention is good, wanting a pup to be OKAY with being touched, just in case. But, sometimes what happens is, a puppy won't have an issue with this, until someone starts trying to force the issue!
Am I making sense?
I can see the value of the bolded part. But, I think you can handle this by teaching a strong "leave it" and by teaching/playing the trading up game. I don't think it needs to be addressed as part of their feeding time.Your pups food issue is certainly a carry over from the puppy run where he had to compete for his food.
I believe you should be able to handle the dog and its food whilst it is eating because there could be situations where this becomes necessary and you do not want to be in a fighting match with a dog over food.
I would start by putting an empty bowl on the floor and, by hand, dropping in a small amount of kibble. As he finishes that, let him sniff your hand a drop some more in. When he is comfortable with this, and whilst he is eating the kibble, move the bowl with your foot. Keep repeating this until he is comfortable with you moving his bowl. Now drop kibble in and move the bowl by hand. Keep repeating until comfortable. Now drop kibble in and pick the bowl up but put it down immediately. Repeat as before.
Keep this going for as long as it takes for the pup to be really comfortable with the bowl being moved whilst he eats.
I really got a question why your trying to mess with a puppy while eating whom clearly had to fight over food with littermates. I can see the point of doing this in a few weeks after pup has learned that he will be fed and doesn't need to fight for food. A new puppy needs to trust you before putting trivial demands on it. There is a reason most training classes start at 12 weeks or older. If you get pup at 8 weeks that gives time for the pup to gain trust in owner. I'm not saying not to start guiding pup in correct behavior before 12 weeks. I'm just simply saying that the food issue can wait till pup knows he doesn't have to fight with other dogs for food.I have recently became a brand new dog owner to a 8 week old pit bull puppy, she has crazy food agression she growls whenever you go near her, she has not bitten yet but i dont want to risk it...what do i do?
I really got a question why your trying to mess with a puppy while eating whom clearly had to fight over food with littermates. I can see the point of doing this in a few weeks after pup has learned that he will be fed and doesn't need to fight for food. A new puppy needs to trust you before putting trivial demands on it. There is a reason most training classes start at 12 weeks or older. If you get pup at 8 weeks that gives time for the pup to gain trust in owner. I'm not saying not to start guiding pup in correct behavior before 12 weeks. I'm just simply saying that the food issue can wait till pup knows he doesn't have to fight with other dogs for food.
I have never use this prob prolly bc I have never created it I supposed... You know, nipped it in thr bud inadvertently without knowing it? I feed my pups in their crates, that way they have a safe place to eat away from grubby kid hands & prying kid eyes. Does she have a crate? If not does she have a puppy proofed room? If she does then I would start feeding her in there & do NOT let the kids near her while she is eating.she doesn't behave this way with er toys just when i feed her...i thought that maybe i am not feeding her enough so that is why she gulps it but im unsure.....i have never tried to take her bowl away from her or discipline her for growling, i was given the advice to remove her bowl and sternly tell her no but wont that make it worse?? i don't put my hand in or on her bowl i do want to keep my fingers but i do make a point when i walk past her to pet her or scratch her ears and tell her she is a good girl..i feel by doing this it will ease her nervousness when i come near...i will most definitely start the treat idea i have been doing that with trying to get her to sleep in her crate at night but so far no luck my main concern with the aggression is her being that way with my kids i have 6 yr, 3 yr, and 7 month old son and i want to nip this in the butt before one of my kids gets bit i try my best to keep them away from her but i don't want to just leave her be and ignore the problem i want her to be comfortable with anyone walking past her or touching her near her food bowl....so should i have my 2 oldest do the treat trick also?