Food Aggression - Doing the Right Thing?
So, Carly is 12 weeks old and, up until a week ago, never showed even the slightest sign of aggression. We gave her a new brand of bully stick and, while chewing it, she growled and snapped when we reached to pet her. In an effort to curb this, we pet her head/body occasionally (not every time) when she's chewing on chew toys, Kongs, etc. She's done it about 5 or 6 times since then, sometimes very mean-sounding.
We've always hand-fed her half her food and given her the other half in Kongs. We have NEVER taken away her food and only take her water away when she has too much....but we even stopped that completely and just give her limited amounts of water at a time.
Chewing her Kong or bully seems to cause the most issues lately. Sometimes we can come up, pet her on the head and she barely notices. Other times, just moving towards her elicits a growl or she runs away with the item.
When she does it, we let her know she's wrong right away. Usually with a NO and grab of the neck skin (we're not pulling away or acting scared at all), sometimes she'll go in timeout. After a moment, we'll allow her to keep eating.
We've been "handling" her while eating since the day we got her....but apparently that hasn't worked. We do not want a dog that has ANY aggression...food, toy, or otherwise.
Are we doing the right thing?!