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Laura
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Skylie is now 15 months old. She is very sweet and loving , never showed signs of aggression, just moody and wants her way sometimes.

In July I gave her some cake for her birthday, and this was the first time she acted aggressive. She started inhaling it and was glued to her bowl. When I tried to move the bowl she tensed up and growled. Even if I touched her neck, she growled .. all while she was inhaling the cake..

Ever since then, she does this BUT ONLY when it's something she deems as good. For example, she could care less when it's just dog food. It's almost like she becomes possessed and snaps out of it when she is done eating..

Yesterday I had to feed her some pumpkin and rice with her food. She started inhaling her food to the point of almost choking. I put an oven mitt on and reached down to touch her bowl, and she growled and snap at it.

I walked out and was telling my husband, and she hurried and came out the kitchen looking nervous with her head down (she was done eating). When my husband walked towards her, she rolled on her back.. She knew she did something wrong...

Any suggestions on how I should handle this next time? I don't want her to get worse. Food is the only time she has been aggressive, but I'll admit she probably thinks she is the alpha dog sometimes too... :no:

Thank you for reading.. :wavey:
 

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I would start hand feeding her every morsel she gets. I would definately start with her regular food and work slowly up to higher value foods. This way she will learn where her food comes from. I had to do this for a couple of months with Oakly and he is fine with me taking anything from him now. Good luck to you.
 

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I agree with the hand feeding. Usually a dog won't show aggression if you're feeding from hand, but if she does then you (and the food) leave.
 

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Laura
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Thank you for the comments. I hand fed her just now. She seemed fine. A little confused though haha. I will try this, hope it works, Thank you :)
 

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Thank you for the comments. I hand fed her just now. She seemed fine. A little confused though haha. I will try this, hope it works, Thank you :)
Did you handfeed her pumpkin or regular food?
 

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mostly dry food, very small amount of pumpkin.. I've added a little to her diet for a few days.. she seemed fine..
 

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I think the hand feeding works great, Dakota will growl at penny if she trys too touch his food, but if i do anything he knows not too. Only problem is feeding penny, Dakota thinks her food is his and he knows hes not supposed too touch it, when he gets a hold of it he does the inhaling thing but wont fight when i take it away.
 
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