Please offer your advice. Sophie is now 6 months old. For the first few weeks of getting her, I hand fed her. Every now and then I will touch her back or put my hands into her bowl while she is eating to test her. A few weeks ago, she made a growling sound and I was upset. I took the bowl away and made her eat the rest of the food out of my hands I again made her eat out of my hands for the next week.
This morning - I pet her back while she was eating and she made a much louder growl (she does not turn around and look at me), but I do not like to hear her growl. I took away her food and put it on the counter for a few minutes. I gave it back and she looked at me hesitantly as if to say 'is it ok it I eat?' I thought ok good, she sees that she upset me and she will take her food much more nicely now. Nope, I pet her back and she growled again.
Is there any advice you can offer? Am I correct to take her food away and then hand feed her?