Agreed ^. Put his food into a bowl, put down the bowl in a designated place where he can eat in privacy and comfort, such as a crate. Or a small room where the door can be shut such as a sunroom. Establish a routine of three feedings per day for now until he starts to mature more. Always let him eat in peace.
Plus, you've only had him three days. Allow him to settle in, establish some trust and some confidence in you and his new environment. Say, for a few weeks while you're teaching him basic manners and house rules. THEN you might want to begin training with a handful of kibble / treats where he "works" for a small stream of individual pieces, as a supplement to his 3x daily feedings in peace.
Dump your current source of reading material.
Be aware of any potential future resource guarding with toys, bones, sticks, armchairs etc. and tailor your training accordingly. Jean Donaldson's book "MINE !" would be a highly recommended starting point, regardless.
Hi, thank you for your response. However, I’ve actually read several different books and talked to some other different experienced folks and they all concur that hand feeding is a good way to start.You should not be bothering your pup while he was eating. That is an excellent way to actually create a resource guarding issue. Leave him to eat in peace, at most, you can drop something extra tasty into his dish as you walk by to have him associate your presence with good things, but don't bother him. Think about it, how would you like it if someone was touching you and messing with your hair while you were trying to eat?
However, I agree that putting the other hand into the situation and reaching for the food is a problem. We have continued to do hand feeding (more carefully and respectfully) and he seems to be getting better.
As someone else in this thread commented, I think it’s just a matter of the puppy needing to get comfortable with us in our home. But, if the hand feeding does to be a problem over the next week or two, we will definitely stop that and switch to the bowl method.
do you mind if I ask what source material you have used for your puppy training? Because I have tried to use books that are highly rated and considered to be good resources for dog and puppy training. However, I’m sure that the sources are not infallible either.