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Hi all, we have a new Rottweiler girl who’s now 12 wks. We also own an old tyme English bulldog who’s 2 and we have no food issues with her. Our rottie will growl and bark at us if we touch her or her bowl at feeding time. She’s fed 4 times a day and some feeds she’s not that bad others if you touch her or her bowl she reacts. We’ve resorted to hand feeding het which is messy as she’s raw fed. How can we resolve this please? She’s disciplined and will listen for everything else so far. You can take things off her no problem. How do we fix this please?
 

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You fix this by leaving her alone to eat. Stop bugging her!!! Feed her either in her crate, or in a quiet place away from everyone, and your other dog. You've most likely caused this behavior by touching her and she has to feel like she needs to guard it. One thing you could do is just walk by slowly while she is eating and throw something good into her dish...then she knows if someone is near...she gets rewarded.

One caution I would make is that you have two female dogs. Once your Rottweiler pup reaches maturity...the two females may not get along. Same sex aggression is very common in the Rottweiler breed. You may have problems in the future!
Have you got your pup in obedience classes? Please get signed up...it looks like you need help.
 

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i went to throw some cooked pasta in her bowl while she was eating her meal as a treat and she barked at me. I gave her treats in her bowl and chicken and she’s fine as long as you don’t try and touch her. I have kids so I was hoping this wouldn’t happen. We’re starting socialisation/training classes in a week or two just waiting for a date. I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to have a happy healthy girl. She adores our bully so far. I can already tell she’ll be the boss of the two of them as our bully is very very laid back and keys the pup do whatever she likes to her. I hope they don’t end up enemies as you say that’d be awful. Thanks for the reply
 

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Boy you have to get on that ASAP. With all our dogs we would make them sit if front of their meals and not touch it until we say ok. Other than a trainer I don't know what to say, it sure is a big problem with kids around. Have you contacted the breeder ??
 

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This started at the breeders. He told me he’d never seen anything like it at feeding time with 8 pups attacking the food like it was their last meal. They would squabble over the last scraps too. It was his first litter of Rottweilers so he’s not much help. We’re taking the pup to classes for socialising/training in the next few wks. She’s a good pup, cheeky, friendly, listens if you say no and she’s clean and won’t mess in her bed. She plays with our big bulldog all day and they sleep together and don’t like to be separated. She’s not to nippy and is good with the younger kids 4
And 1. We are having her sit and wait before every meal (still on 4 meals a day) and she’s trying hard although she can’t do it for long yet I have to say AH wait and close the gate and make her sit and wait again. She doesn’t get it until she’s sat and waited and stayed sat a few seconds until I say ok. We’re working on making it longer but starting small as she’s only 12 wks. She eats anything and everything she is massively food motivated. The only issue is she growls or barks if she’s touched while eating. You can walk by/or sit right next to her with your hand in the bowl and she’s not bothered one bit. It’s if you pet her while she’s eating or talk to her she growls or barks once. I’m going to talk to the trainer in the puppy lessons and see what they suggest. I have no interest in taking her food away or bothering her. My only worry is if I leave it as it is and one of my little ones gets in the kitchen where she eats and touches her (they adore her) that she’ll bite them. So I’ll see what the trainers say about it. Thank you for the reply
 

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It can start when pups have to fight for their food. Good breeders make sure that there are enough bowls to go around so all of the pups can eat comfortably when they are weaned to solid food. This may be a problem that may not go away...but will have to be controlled by good planning.

One thing I would caution you about is letting your pup be with your older dog all day. Often pups do not learn how to be alone or separated from the other dog. Your Rottweiler pup will be too attached to the older dog, and not learn to function on her own. You want the pup to bond to you, not the other dog. Make sure the pup is walked and trained alone and has some alone time without the other dog around.

I also why this "breeder" would send this puppy home with you when he knew that she was fighting for food? A good breeder would not have sent this pup home with young children in the home. Sounds like your pup did not come from an ethical breeder....and you may have problems in the future.
 

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She often naps by our feet as she is right now in the evening while our bull dog is asleep in the open crate (4ft x 2ft long not a crate as such more of a bed with a door. But yes our lovely pup sleeps by our feet or in the big fluffy dog bed. So she’s not with her now. She has the option to be but chooses to be with us sometimes. Tomorrow is her first day after her vaccination last week to go for her first walk outside.I’m excited for her to go out and explore. We will seek guidance from the trainers in pup class when they start. The breeder was a 6 hr round trip so we only saw her once in person and met her mother who was amazing. We had her delivered to us at 8wks. She’s got brilliant blood lines with multiple champions in her kc extended paper work I ordered, her mother and father are German bloodlines and both hip/elbow tested. This is why we chose this litter. We have been looking for a quality litter for a year. It’s unfortunate that the breeder who I now see was more so in it for the money has messed her up. He had no real experience with the bigger part of breeding and let the mother do most of the work. I’ll get her sorted some how. Even if I have to make sure every meal she is left alone until she is at the gate ready to join the family room again. She is amazing, and we all love her already. I am committed to what ever needs doing to get it sorted
 
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