Hi all, I've read through the resource guarding posts but I'm wondering if the same thing goes when it's his food?
Bernie just turned 8 months old and very recently started getting 'weird' about his food. Just in the last week when I walk by him eating and run my hand down his pack or give him a pat he tenses up, stops eating, and slowly looks up at me. I think he growled once, not sure.
I want to fix this YESTERDAY and want to know if there's any difference between correcting techniques with toys and with his food?
The twist I mentioned (and maybe this is actually normal) is that when we correct his resource guarding of special bones or toys he becomes a prima donna and won't even look at the bone or toy for at least a day, sometimes multiple days. And this doesn't mean he's recognizing we're in charge, because he goes right back to guarding it when he decides to show interest in it again.This is a whole other problem.
I guess with the food issue, I'm worried it will mess up his eating. I know I could take the 'tough love' approach and figure he'll eat if he's hungry enough, but I'd rather not resort to that if there's a better way.