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hi everyone, Diva has on several occasions growled and snapped at our 2 yr old son, we are always watching them play and he is not abusive, but when it comes to food she does not want him anywhere near. We let our son feed her, we'll put the food in the bowl hand to him, he'll tell her to sit, he'll tell her good gurl, but as soon as he places the food down she acts up, also when there's any treats on the floor she'll growl at him. any advice is appreciated.thank you.
 

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At two years of age IMO your son is far too young to be feeding the dog. At this age, she will not be able to see him as a leader and often children of that age can give dogs confusing signals (unintentionally).

She's doing something called resource guarding, which is not uncommon.

Where do you feed her? Having your son and other people around her when she's eating can worsen the anxiety she has about people being near her food.
 

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we feed her in the kitchen and we do stand around her while eating, is there a way to stop her from guarding her food, we started letting our son hand her the food so maybe she'll see him as a leader.
 

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ummm your having you 2 year old son feed the dog that growls and snaps at him?

I think you need to teach her who the leader is and it should not be a 2year old, I'm far from knowing a lot, however; I can see there may be danger if you allow you son to keep charge of her.

You as the parent of both:) she be incharge and fix the problem she is having with a trainer, books or from people here.

My second boy when I adopted him he was so nervouse around food he would growl at anyone that came near it, this I knew I had to stop, it made me even scared..... so I decided that I had to nip it, slowly, I FED HIM with food in my hand, for a little bit till he came to know me, I also, *some may find this very gross, I would say gently, nice, as he watched me put food in my mouth chewed it and have him eat it from my lips, if he went in like a purana I would move my face away spit out the food back on my hand and say nice, gentle, then repeat.

When I would feed him in the bowl I would lay beside his bowl when he ate, whispering it's ok little buddy he would look and carry on eating, then next step as food was put in bowl for him my hand would go inside his bowl, before he wanted to eat, and I would say mine, SIT wait, then ok and allow him to eat, when I saw he was respecting this.......then as he ate i would put my hand back inside his bowl, sturing it around a bit as he respectfully ate, I would pet him nicely and say good boy, this takes awhile but it did work, he is a very gentle soul now when it comes to his food, and it makes me feel better that He is more calm with food.


I don't recommend this for everyone, but it worked for us:) and anything that helped my little man I was going to do.


Both boys could be eating side by side and if one finishes before the other and tries to go to the other dogs food I say, NO it's so and so's food you had yours, and they walk away,

also if people or kids are here, they could pass my boys food and dogs just look and carry on eating, this is a safe thing for everyone.


lol sorry for the long blahing
 

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Originally Posted By: Diva2009we feed her in the kitchen and we do stand around her while eating, is there a way to stop her from guarding her food, we started letting our son hand her the food so maybe she'll see him as a leader.
I can guarantee you she won't see your two year old as a leader.

There's only one leader - you.

If she's resource guarding she feels threatened and anxious, and by standing around her when she is eating will no doubt be making that feeling worse.

I'll PM you some more info
 

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There is a trick to getting a dog to stop snapping at you while hes eating. Put all the dry food in your hands, and let the dog eat out of your palm. He will relate your hand with the food, and understand its not anything to worry about.

It wont happen overnight, but its a start.
 
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