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Old 01-11-2010, 04:53 PM   #1
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I was wondering how others would handle this scenerio:

A new pup is introduced into the home. All the dogs are feed in the same room, and they all have their own bowl of food. The original members of the pack already know not to try to steal the others food once they are done their own.
The pup will obviously not know this yet.

Would you:

1) Keep the pup from getting too close to the other bowls
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2) Let one of the other dogs correct the pup

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Dogs are great teachers so I think if the other dogs get that the new one is just a pup they will enforce the rules you lay down.

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How does neither sound. I would get out a clicker and clicker train the pup not to eat out of the other dogs' bowls.
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I like a bit of both - you encourage the pup to keep out, and as long as the other dogs correct the pup "politely", then Id let them help you in this.

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For me it would depend on the older dogs. If any of them were possessive or could be I wouldn't take the risk.
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For me it would depend on the older dogs. If any of them were possessive or could be I wouldn't take the risk.
The older dogs do not have resource guarding issues. But they do give a "polite" warning when one of the others used to get too close to their food bowl during feeding time.

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Id do the body blocking... polite warning or not, if they warn they guard, that means next step if the pup don't listen will be nip, then bite, then fight.. So body block the pup til he/she gets the deal or take agilities advice.
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I would set the pup up for success. Put the pup's bowl far away from the other bowls. The pup is not going to understand one bowl is "his" and the others are not so like Monkey said, be there to body block in case the pup approaches one of the other bowls. Actually when I feed I make everyone sit before I put the bowls down anyway as opposed to pouring the food into the bowl.
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Id do the body blocking... polite warning or not, if they warn they guard, that means next step if the pup don't listen will be nip, then bite, then fight.. So body block the pup til he/she gets the deal or take agilities advice.
I'm not sure if I agree with that. My dogs are used to me putting my hand in their food bowl while they eat (I have been doing this since the beginning), I can stick my hand down their throats, I can take away treats, they share bones amongst themselves, they can eat in peace in the same room, etc. Just because one warns the other does not neccessarily mean resource guarding. Their warnings have never turned into a fight (not yet at least, knock on wood) because the other dogs know how to read eachother already. It's just their way of saying "hey, give me some space here". It may not be the same with all other dogs, but that is the way it is in my household of dogs. (so far at least)

But I do agree with your suggestion of body blocking the pup until it realizes what the rules are.

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