Originally Posted by pupluv168
As a puppy, I made sure to interact with Toby while he was eating. I allowed him to eat some food from my hand. I played with his food and bowl while he ate. I pet him while he ate. All of this led to him being non-possessive of food.
I would do this even if he growls. Maybe add food to the bowl. Reward him when he doesn't react. He is still young. If you start now, he should be fine soon.
I agree 100%. This is exactly what I did. I can reach right into dishes, pick up dishes and nothing. They know that I am in charge of food. I also take antlers (high value in our home) and toys right out of mouths at will and they do not respond negatively because they are used to it.
I love my girls (and even tell them so) and smooch all over them. I also run a tight ship and they are expected to have manners so they do.
I would just keep pressing the issue until it seems like no big thing that you mess with his food and eating. He will adjust and you will have, over time, a well mannered adult.