My family got a new puppy about 6 weeks ago. She is mostly yellow lab. Well in 6 weeks she went from about 4 pounds to 14 pounds!! Right now she eats almost 2 cups of food total in a day and we spread that out throughout the day into three feedings for her. But my issue is everytime we feed her, she freaks out on us! She growls and shows her teeth and has even tried to bite us!! She acts like its her first and last meal everytime! I am worried because we have a 2 year old and a 3 year old and I do not want them to get hurt because she can't calm down. She does not show this aggression anywhere else- just eating. The girls have picked her up, pulled her tail, rough housed, accidently stepped on her- and she is cool as a cucumber over it. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get her out of this meal time agression? DH is going to make me get rid of her if I can't stop this. Thanks
Start by feeding her from your hand while petting her with the other hand. If she snarls or shows her teeth, immediately take food away for 5 minutes. Restart the process. As long as she shows no aggressive tendencies continue touching the pup, rougher and rougher everytime. After you are comfortable with how she is doing, put food in bowl, while your hand remains in bowl. Pet her with other hand firmly. Once we are comfortable with this step, put food down take a few steps back. Step forward and take bowl while she is eating. If she is good promptly put bowl back down. Do this several times during all feedings. If she is not good, put food away for 5 minutes and repeat process of putting down ,stepping back, and stepping in to take food. You will have to reinforce this with every feeding. Good luck and if you need more help, message me.
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I found this link and thought it might help you. It was very informative about food aggression in puppies, and what to do to stop it before it gets out of hand. Hope it helps you.
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