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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.
 

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