08-23-2012, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
| | Newbie here for behavioral advice
I'd like to introduce myself to everyone on the dog forum and tell y'all a little bit about our (my boyfriend and I) new pup. We recently --as in two weeks ago!-- adopted a five month old shepherd mix at the animal shelter and we love him already, however he has a few things besides basic training that we need to work with. The day we brought him home, we gave him a treat and as I pet him I immediately discovered he was food aggressive. He does the hard stare, and then growls. The only time he has snapped was the first time we gave him a treat, after that I began reading on how to solve this issue.
I've read a thread on here about RG and have begun to follow the advice of feeding all meals by hand (only when he makes eye contact with me) and when giving him treats, to give him other treats to work up to trading them. I've done this for about a week and he is definitely a fast learner, but we seemed to take a step back today when he growled at me while I was treating him to get closer to his dental stick I had just given him. I'm continuing to go slow with this and I understand that everyone has setbacks but I just want to make sure that I'm doing everything right. Does anyone else have any other advice? Thank you!