My puppy (3 mths) growls at me when I go near his food bowl
i was told that while puppy was young to let my kids and my self reach in and take his food away then give it back, so that way when he got older he would not snap on myself or the kids when he is older. i need some help please!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Brandon The advice you were given is right on, and that's what you need to be able to do. Guarding food or possessions is an absolute 'no-no', especially in a home with children.
However, if your puppy is already guarding his food, you will need to start slowly and take it one step at a time. He may be a very dominant puppy, or he may have had to fight for his food in the litter, difficult to tell right now.
I would recommend to begin with that just the adults (one at a time and make sure pup accepts the first one, before going onto the next) try to approach his foodbowl. Puppies often see young children as their equals, and are more likely to snap at them.
Start by getting some treats or tid-bits that he REALLY LIKES, and at mealtimes slowly reach down and drop them into his bowl while he's eating. You want him to see your hand approaching his bowl as a good thing! Do this every mealtime for about a week or so, until he's totally comfortable with it.
Then start to pick up his bowl, drop the treats into it and put it back down again. Do that for a couple of weeks. After that, you don't need to do it every mealtime. Just every other day or so, and eventually you can just practice it now and then. Only once he's completely okay with the adults doing this, should the kids try - and then, only with an adult right beside them.