Betsy Posted September 28, 2006 Report Share Posted September 28, 2006 I have a 9 week old foster puppy in my possession, Tucker. I also have a 4 year old food protective neutered male, Riley. Riley has been food protective against kids & animals for as long as I can remember. He is not food protective to adults (not sure what the cut-off age is). Not a big problem, he eats so fast it's easy to keep others out of the way while he eats. As long as my 2 year old daughter doesn't actually stick her hand in the bowl while he's eating, he just goes on eating. Sometimes I make Riley eat his entire dinner out of my 2-year olds hands. Anyway, this really isn't about Riley, it's about puppies/Tucker. This morning he showed his first signs of food protectiion - he actually left his bowl and went after the cat, growling and trying to get her leg (she was on the other side of me, I was sitting in between the two of them so I easily stopped it and told him NO). Then when Riley was chowing down (separate room, separate time from when Tucker ate) he tried to nose into Riley's bowl (who growled) and Tucker growled in the process. Does a puppy learn food protection from another dog? Riley didn't, as he was the only dog at the time. I would like to curb this if possible. Suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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