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Old 09-26-2013, 09:51 AM
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As previously posted, I've been hand feeding Theo his meals, in order to work on resource guarding. This has been going on for about a week and a half. In the past few days, Theo has been taking/snatching food from my hand, and then moving to another area of the kitchen, putting his food on the floor, and eating it. At times, he looks at the food in my hand, and then doesn't eat. When putting the dish, full of food, back in its proper spot, Theo will look at it, approach it, and then walk away. At times he will "play stance" with his food, bounce around the bowl, and then walk away. I"m starting to question how good his vision is

Have I messed him up for life?!?! He was such a piggy and now he appears to be losing interest. Theo is teething right now/potentially losing teeth, so I'm thinking it's uncomfortable for him to eat his kibble right now, but he will eat the kibble when I put treats in it (as a means to coax him to eat). He will also eat kibble if it's taken out of the bowl and dropped around the bowl or on the kitchen rug. He'll then move to eating a few bites out of the bowl or out of my hand. He will not eat out of the bowl if I'm holding it.

I was trying to figure out when to move to some next steps with hand feeding, such as light touching, but it seems we are not there yet, if I can't get him to eat his food, or if he is moving his food away from the hand that is feeding him...that seems to be a clear indicator of wanting to eat alone, or perhaps discomfort with teething. He drops the kibble out of his mouth, one by one, then picks them up, one by one, to chew. He no longer just chews the whole kibble mass.

When hand feeding right now, I don't touch him, and I don't take the food away, and it had been going very well, so I thought maybe we were ready for some minimal, light touching.

As far as his health, he still has roundworms, but they are not as bad as they were, so I'm also wondering if he's not prone to gobbling his food because he's less ravenous. Anyone else dealt with this, or have suggestions on the hand feeding issue?
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I'm really not experienced enough to answer, but at the moment I'm not feeding Raffles out of a bowl at all, it's all fed as games or rewards. Getting him to the stage of leaving kibble on his paws was all down to one of the videos (I can't remember which) where you hold the food in your hand and don't give it until he leaves your hand alone. Maybe slip in a few higher value treats in between the kibble?
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He does seem to be responding to treats being thrown in the bowl, so I'll try that. Today, I put his kibble in a puzzle toy and he went bananas for it! It was the only way I could get him to finish his food.
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you may be over-doing it a bit on the hand feeding... you are definitely on the right track, but i think as you can see, it could be helpful to break up the routine a bit!



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As previously posted, I've been hand feeding Theo his meals, in order to work on resource guarding. This has been going on for about a week and a half. In the past few days, Theo has been taking/snatching food from my hand, and then moving to another area of the kitchen, putting his food on the floor, and eating it. At times, he looks at the food in my hand, and then doesn't eat. When putting the dish, full of food, back in its proper spot, Theo will look at it, approach it, and then walk away. At times he will "play stance" with his food, bounce around the bowl, and then walk away. I"m starting to question how good his vision is

Have I messed him up for life?!?! He was such a piggy and now he appears to be losing interest. Theo is teething right now/potentially losing teeth, so I'm thinking it's uncomfortable for him to eat his kibble right now, but he will eat the kibble when I put treats in it (as a means to coax him to eat). He will also eat kibble if it's taken out of the bowl and dropped around the bowl or on the kitchen rug. He'll then move to eating a few bites out of the bowl or out of my hand. He will not eat out of the bowl if I'm holding it.

I was trying to figure out when to move to some next steps with hand feeding, such as light touching, but it seems we are not there yet, if I can't get him to eat his food, or if he is moving his food away from the hand that is feeding him...that seems to be a clear indicator of wanting to eat alone, or perhaps discomfort with teething. He drops the kibble out of his mouth, one by one, then picks them up, one by one, to chew. He no longer just chews the whole kibble mass.

When hand feeding right now, I don't touch him, and I don't take the food away, and it had been going very well, so I thought maybe we were ready for some minimal, light touching.

As far as his health, he still has roundworms, but they are not as bad as they were, so I'm also wondering if he's not prone to gobbling his food because he's less ravenous. Anyone else dealt with this, or have suggestions on the hand feeding issue?
You have definitely not messed him up... I think you need to give Theo a little space, allow him to eat, allow him to play with his toys... I really think that he's getting nervous about whether he can eat/play or if your going to take it away...
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I agree that he needs some space. Maybe instead of hand feeing, try just a simple walk by and drop a high value kibble in his bowl with the kibble the walk away. Repeat. It teaches him that you approaching his bowl is a good thing. You aren't taking it away, you're making it more awesome. Plus, he gets to eat in peace (mostly). Eventually you can try to pet him while you add the treat, but I wouldn't start there.

It sounds like he really enjoys the puzzles. Maybe mix those in too.
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