Oh wow I thought that letting them pet him was okay while he was eating . I guess I had it all wrong . I will definitely change that and tell my kids to let him be while he’s eating from now on . Thank you so much for your feedback !!!Frankly, set some rules for your kids.
Don't let you kids get too close to him while he is eating. It is true that you don't want a dog to develop food aggression, but it's unfair to be in his face pushing the issue while he is trying to eat and then to expect exemplary behavior from him.
At his age, give him some peace while he is eating. There are some things you can do in the future if he starts protecting his food too much, but let him feel secure while he's eating for right now.
No petting, hugging or getting in his space while he is eating his meals.
Above all, don't reprimand him really harshly for growling--that is his warning that he is uncomfortable. If he learns it's not OK to growl as a warning, he may just go straight to the bite stage when he's feeling threatened.
Of course, we work with our puppies to behave well and want them to allow us near their food or toys without them overreacting, but kids need to be worked with too, to teach them how to behave around puppies.
I will check it out for sure . Yes this puppy loves to bite that’s why we all try and keep a toy in hand lol . Thank you !Oh, and he's about the age where his bitey behavior may get worse--dobe puppies are rough when they play and they sometimes treat you (and especially your kids) like you are littermates. Now would be a good time to check out this thread
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and start setting some rules up (for both the people and the puppy) so you can get a handle on the bitey-ness when it shows up.
thank you so much I knew you al would be so helpful !! It’s our first Doberman so this is all new ! I will definitely make sure he has his space and eats in peace !I would advise to keep your kids away from him while he is eating or has a treat, like a bone or chew. Additionally, be sure they are not inadvertently teasing him when they have something fun like their food or something he thinks may be a toy. They should always be calm and keep things out of his face (which I am sure they are).
Additionally, it may help to feed him in his crate as that is a safe space for him. And finally, PLUS ONE for everything @melbrod wrote.
yes my kids already help me feed him . We have trained him not to eat until we say okay . With the kids he triea to be sneaky but we will keep at it. Thank you !IMO...A puppy should be allowed to eat in peace, undisturbed by kids and other pets.
What does help, in my experience, is to have your kids prepare and serve your pup his meals. My 5 yo grandson has always helped feed his Dobes, including their puppy. He has helped feed my Doberman since he was about 2 and just got his 2 1/2 yo brother get used to feeding him.
Yes I will instruct my kids to let him be for now and I love the idea of touch and give a treat to create a positive thing for him . Oh wow I can’t imagine having to train so many dogs ! You must be amazing at it ! Thank you so much for your advice !Third or fourth on the keeping kids away at least for now, and start from scratch. This one seems he may have some natural resource guarding, there is some good training puppy videos about touch & reward with the goal of knowing being touched anywhere as a positive/good thing.
Melbrod nailed it quite well, then go to the puppy having to sit / stay until given the okay to start eating. Even have the kids do that for him.
This was one of the very critical things I personally had to focus on as we take in fosters including small breeds so even a correction could be fatal. Mine even offers his raw bones to everyone now, so it can be done but varying success.
Haha let's just say I am . I can certainly say different breeds means different training methods.Yes I will instruct my kids to let him be for now and I love the idea of touch and give a treat to create a positive thing for him . Oh wow I can’t imagine having to train so many dogs ! You must be amazing at it ! Thank you so much for your advice !
I have to ask....Wow I have always messed with my dogs when their eating. Cover dish with a hand pet, poked cover dish move it with my foot. So much as a little growl food is gone for the day
It’s the start of control. If you cant stop your dog in mid eating. Sit stay till released you have zero control puppy will not take your hand offI have to ask....
Why would you attempt to provoke a growl in a dog just to punish them by depriving them of their food? That is simply asking for trouble when it doesn't exist.
BTW.... Dogs growl for a very good reason. To deprive a dog of its innate "early warning system" is also asking for trouble. A dog that is not allowed to growl is the dog that may bite with no advance indication.
I can do all that and as mentioned mine even offers to share his food/bone with anyone.It’s the start of control. If you cant stop your dog in mid eating. Sit stay till released you have zero control puppy will not take your hand off
I can give a dog a bone take it away. Or just drop it and give it back to them
Growling at a human is NOT allowed in this house period learnt in puppy stage is a must. Way before 6 months
I’ve been owner of other peoples rejects all my life. They all have been my best dog till the next one comes along
Well yes but you know the different growls.I can do all that and as mentioned mine even offers to share his food/bone with anyone.
One thing I should say, dogs that show no warning and snap are more likely to be put down before we can even have a chance to rescue them. They are much harder to work with as you don't know until the dog reacts. A growl shouldn't be taken as a negative or even a bad thing, it is simply communication "Hey, I am not feeling happy/comfortable/safe in this situation".