How can I teach my puppy, 3 months old, to take his treats nice. He had a case of food aggression going but after repeatedly putting our hands in his dish and scolding him when he nipped he has moved past that. He is rewarded with treats when he does good but he all but takes your hand off when he is given them. It's important that we get this resolved since he is likely to hit the 100 pound mark when he is full grown. Any suggestions?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 6:00 AM on Mar. 6, 2009 in Pets
Answer by INDIANAMOM at 7:29 AM on Mar. 6, 2009
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Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 2:32 PM on Mar. 6, 2009
First of all , teach your pup to sit and be calm, when you offer the treat take your left or right hand and place a finger on his nose to get his attention and then offer the treat. If he snaps at the food take it away and say no, sit, wait ,place finger on his nose area and when he is calm enough to be given the treat then do. It's all in teaching him what you want him to do, and not letting him get away with what you don't want him to do. There is a bowl with dividers in them that teach them to eat slower, but you said he is past this. Then start training him to be relaxed about food rewards. You need to be patient , and calm with him. If he knows you are not sure of yourself , then he reacts the same way. So take some deep breaths and go to work. Hope it works out for you.
Answer by doglovergranny at 3:21 PM on Mar. 6, 2009
I had problems with my dog taking treats nice, too. It helps if you teach them to sit, before the treat is given. This helps calm them down. Teach you pup to sit (and to sit still) for the treat. If your dog sits, but then jumps up to get the treat you have to back you hand away and make the dog sit again. Repeat this until your dog sits still for the treat. If this doesn't work, then swat the pups nose and tell him to "take it nice". Don't let the treat dangle out of your hand either, keep your fingers wrapped around the treat and let the dog nibble it out of your fingers. If the pup uses too much teeth when taking the treat, then pull your hand back and tell the dog to "take it nice" and try again.
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