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I am gonna take him soon as teh next class starts at PetSmart, I tried calling this other place but they never answered,, I dont understand, he listen to EVERYTHING I say and has never done anything like this before. This just started the other night, COuld it be because he just turned 6 months?
 

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Yea he's testing his limits! DON'T let him for one minute scare you or think he's got you wrapped around his paw! Have you tried feeding him off a plastic spoon? Try putting the bowl on a counter and a little on a spoon. If he growls, lunges, hackles up etc tell him NO! firmly. If you have to grab him by his scruff to get your point across so be it. If he keeps it up stop feeding him for a couple of minutes and try again.
 

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Shay78 said:
Ok Thanks Ladies! I will try it, I know he wont bite me because he would have by now but I do snatch my hand back. Next time he does this I will do this. I am gonna BLOW that other OB school phone off the hook tomorrow, Hopefully I can start him this weekend!
How much interaction are you having with your dog besides feeding him??

You've got a dog with a really strong personality there and you are going to have to spend time with him and get him into line.

Something I was told to do by my breeder with strong dogs, and I do it roughly 4 times a day with both my dogs is - tell them to "drop" and push them down on their side, then hold them down with one hand on the neck/head and one on the body. Repeatedly tell him to stay and hold him down, even if he squirms. You will find that after a week your dog will already start accepting you holding him down.

Just a guess, but I think you have an overall problem here rather than just a feeding problem.

PS. Don't give up with only one setback, he might growl a few more times, you have to keep at it.
 

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Yeah, I dont know about the holding him down till hes submissive. :?
Ive read that in the wild when dogs "alpha roll" it is not to dominate but
to kill that dog..so if you do that to already dominate dog they will think
you are trying to kill them and attack you.
Dont really know, heard two different theories on it...think only a
professional should do it.
Definatly take ANYTHING away from him that he growls at you over.
Good luck on the OB classes!
 

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OrsonDogge said:
Yeah, I dont know about the holding him down till hes submissive. :?
Ive read that in the wild when dogs "alpha roll" it is not to dominate but
to kill that dog..so if you do that to already dominate dog they will think
you are trying to kill them and attack you.
Dont really know, heard two different theories on it...think only a
professional should do it.
Definatly take ANYTHING away from him that he growls at you over.
Good luck on the OB classes!
Was a tip from my breeder who has bred Bullmastiffs for years and years. Don't know if it might be specific to them, but it has made a world of difference to my pup. It's not actually holding them until they are submissive, it's another way to train them to "drop" on command and listen to you.

Makes total sense, as my breeder said "if you don't teach your pup to drop when you tell it now, you'll have no chance with a 50 kilo adult"!!!!!

It's pretty obvious to me in any case that Shay needs to establish some control over her dog.
 

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Good idea taking him to a trainer but in the meantime I would continue with the handfeeding. The dog has to eat and if you go back to feeding him from a bowl the dog has won!

I would also limit the availablility of his toys and only allow him access to them when YOU feel it is a good time...like during or after a training session.

EVERYTHING good in this dogs life (food/toys etc) should be coming through YOU!! If you give a dominant dog too many choices this will only make things worse.
 

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My deaf mini-Aussie attacked me over food aggression but she still had baby teeth. I scruffed her and shook her slightly and dropped her. She didn't eat the rest of THAT evening. Then after that we sat and hand fed her. ONE BY ONE. Not EVEN a handful. Just ONE KIBBLE AT A TIME. She had to be sitting before I'd give it to her. She learned pretty quickly and now she has no-- I mean ZERO food aggression with us. Well she's not aggressive at all but we do the NILIF as much as possible with her.
 

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hes testing you, and being abusive wont solve it...My female used to do that I would get her attn and make her sit and then give her the food...each time she growled I picked it up again then it stopped ....are you feeding the dog enough food that it feels that your going to take what he has etc...if thats the only problem your having feel blessed and definetly get into training classes
 

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Like everyone else said, he's testing you. My female did it for a while when she was younger. Not with food but my just mouthing me and such. You just have to be consistent with your corrections. Don't get angry! Hes just a puppy. Theyre a hell of alot easier than kids :lol:
 
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