Helping your puppy to not be food aggressive

When Teddy was a puppy I wanted to be very sure that she
never got “food aggressive.” Whenever
anybody came over to the house I’d have them stick their hand in her bowl and
then pretend to eat some of her food. When I was sure it was safe, I had kids do it as well. I still would never trust a dog not to defend
their food, but I feel a lot safer knowing that she’s let lots of people play
with her food! (Especially now that
she’s in kidney failure and always hungry, I worry about the kids – someday she
may want their food!) The only time
she’s ever growled over her food is at Chase, our chocolate lab. It’s ok for people to take her food, but not

Photo by  Jan Tik.

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