I recently received my new Malinois puppy and he just turned 8 weeks. He is a voracious eater and is guarding his food and growling. At 8 weeks old should this be corrected and if yes what would you recommend?
Also your puppy video mentioned toy drive and food drive, is one better than the other? Should I be encouraging one over the other for training purposes?
I really appreciate your expertise and would like to get your take...
I would not correct an 8 week old puppy for food guarding but would set up the scenario so he didn’t feel the need to guard it. You can hand feed him or give him an empty bowl and add little bits of food by hand so he learns you are not going to take it away. He needs to understand the new rules of the house and this can be done gently through merely manipulating each situation. If you start correcting him for this, you will reinforce yourself as a bully and being unfair (which I know you don’t want).