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You're right that it's understandable. He's a baby, and he just got something really cool and now you're taking it? ... 6 weeks baby foster kitten a chicken wing she growled at me, too, and took a swipe with her claws.

I have had lots of cats growing up, i didnt even know that they could growl until i got a little black on called Rocky, he was eating something and i went to pat him, i couldnt believe that cats could do that Emotion: smile I have not since i lost Rocky had another cat that growls.
Dogs can generally learn that stuff easier than cats. Emotion: smile Hopefully what people meant, and I agree with, is that you shouldn't shrug this off but rather take it seriously as a training opportunity.

Thats what i am trying to do Emotion: smile With a bit of luck it will work!

First, to avoid choking feed BIGGER pieces. Chicken wings are
inappropriate for anything bigger than a ferret.

I was told by my vet to try him on them. But i wont be giving him another one (unless i am holding onto one end of it)
Second, work hard on teaching Atlas that Mommy doesn't steal his stuff, she trades it for something better. "Trade-ups" are a popular training technique and they're outlined in books like Jean Donaldson's I believe.

I will start doing this first thing tomorrow.
What makes it hard is that i still live with my parents, i try to do something and they dont understand why i do it, i try to explain but they arent really into training. I am moving out in 3-4 weeks time, so once i am settled into there we will get into a better training routine

Thanks for the help
Cin
Second, work hard on teaching Atlas that Mommy doesn't steal his stuff, she trades it for something better. "Trade-ups" are a popular training technique and they're outlined in books like Jean Donaldson's I believe. Good luck! -Alison in OH

Indeed and they almost always work. Especually when the trade is something very good as it should be.
Gwen
Please read The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell. According to her book (written by observing DOGS in packs not wolves) food aggression is a bid by your puppy for 'top dog' position. She has several activities you can do to reduce this or eliminate it entirely. NONE are 'punishments', physical, or restrainment-type activities.

I HIGHLY recommend it.
deb c.
As a side note, Atlas growling at you, for any reason, shouldn't be acceptable.

I know it isnt acceptable, but how to i punich him for doing it?

I certainly don't recommend punishing him - that would probably backfire. I shouldn't have written that last paragraph, even as a side note, since you focused on that. Please reread what I wrote at the beginning of my post.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I certainly don't recommend punishing him - that would probably backfire. I shouldn't have written that last paragraph, even as a side note, since you focused on that. Please reread what I wrote at the beginning of my post.

Hi again Emotion: smile
Sorry if what i said came out wrong, i did focus on the part about trading food (actually i just came back from the pet shop with a big variety of different things to try with him).
You said at the end that it isnt acceptable, and re reading my comment i understand why you think i focused on it.
Can i rephrase it?
How can i teach him that it isnt acceptable to growl at me? If i trade the food for something better and he growls at me what do i do, how do i teach him?
Cin
Please read The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell. According to her book (written by observing DOGS in packs ... can do to reduce this or eliminate it entirely. NONE are 'punishments', physical, or restrainment-type activities. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Thank you, i will head down to the bookshop tomorrow and see if they can order it in for me.
Cin
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he's still a little fuzzy on apostrophes and commas, though.
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Please watch a group of dogs that contains several males. When the boss comes over and likes what another dog is chewing on, he TAKES it, no growling, no "protecting" his food. He either scoots out of there, or rolls over on his back and waves his feet in the air. Your dog growls at you because somewhere along the line he has been encouraged to believe that HE is the boss, and he is telling you that if you do not do what he wants you to, he is going to hurt you, with his teeth.
The quick and easy way to solve this problem is to convince him, in about ten seconds, that if HE does not do what YOU want him to do, YOU will hurt HIM!
Or, you can play games for days, weeks, or months, which you may or may not enjoy, and in the end you still have a dog that's going to bite you any time he feels it's a good idea!
Please watch a group of dogs that contains several males. When the boss comes over and likes what another dog is chewing on, he TAKES it, no growling, no "protecting" his food.

Not you again.
No, that's not true. Dogs can learn not to take food from each other and it doesn't take a great deal of skill to teach it without getting physical with the dog. Anybody who has to hit a dog to train it is pretty clearly inept.
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