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Green Slow Feeder

The Green Slow Feeder is a specially designed feeder, shaped like a tuft of grass, that turns your dog’s meal into a challenging game. The desired amount of dog food is scattered across the feeder, and it is up to your dog to push the food out between the many blades of grass. The Green Slow Feeder prolongs eating time significantly and reduces the risk of gulping and bloat. The result is a happier and healthier dog.

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Question: My 9 year old daughter can not manage our puppy and cannot convey her authority to the pup. Is there anything I can do to help the puppy understand my daughter is his superior?

I have tried every suggestion that's out there, but my nine year old daughter simply cannot manage our German shepherd pup, 8 weeks old. She isn't assertive enough, totally unable to be aloof and superior, and the pup thinks she's just always playing with him. I know he understands pack "language" because he recognizes that I am the leader. We have had this problem with other puppies. My daughter simply cannot convey her authority to the dog. The dog chews on her clothes, considers her feet and ankles prey, and she does everything she is supposed to do but she does not have the attitude that is necessary to convince the puppy that she is his superior. Is there anything I can do to help the puppy understand that my daughter is his superior? I very much want her to have a dog, but this is turning out like the other two times we tried to have a dog as a pet... The dog runs my daughter, not the other way around. HELP!

Ed's Response:

In my Basic Dog Obedience DVD, I tell people that 9 years old is the soonest a child should be expected to handle a trained dog and that’s only under supervision.

So there is no solution to your problem other than to teach the dog to stay away from your daughter and for you to raise and train this dog. Then when it is fully trained you do what we show people to do.

I wrote an article on Preventing Dog Bites in Children. I suggest you read it because your puppy is cute right now but that can change quickly (like in 3 to 4 months).

If your interested, here is what we recommend ADULTS to do in raising a puppy:

Living With Your Puppy - Establishing Pack Structure 
Your Puppy 8 Week to 8 Months
The Power of Training Dogs with Food

This is not the answer you wanted to hear but it’s the right answer

Ed Frawley

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Pack Structure.

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