Dogs can become very possessive of their food bowl and food area, usually when they are eating but sometimes just in general. Start very young helping your dog realize that the food bowl is not going to be taken away. After you set the bowl down you can add food while the dog is eating, and practice picking the bowl up and setting it down again with more food letting the dog get used to your hands being near his food bowl. If the dog becomes territorial about the feeding area in general, try changing the feeding station every couple days and help the dog learn that no specific area is to be defended. You must be consistent in your puppy’s training, including with avoiding biting. You can’t try to teach the puppy that biting your hand is not okay, but then allow it to bite your hand when you are playing. Biting your hand must never be okay! And everyone who interacts with the puppy—your children, the babysitter—must also learn how to uphold that message. Proactive Training Some dogs simply are more easily provoked to defensiveness than others. Look for any signs of this when the dog is very young. If you feel the aggression is becoming worse instead of better or averting this behavior is beyond your ability, get help from a professional trainer . A biting puppy becomes a biting adult, which is a difficult animal to deal with in the household, not to mention a liability. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post
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