Manners maketh dog – as well as man! Good mealtime manners are vital to a healthy relationship between you and your dog.
Teach your pup to hold a sitting position while a bowl of food is placed on the ground in front of her. With your pup on a short lead in your left hand, ask her to “sit”. Lower the food bowl in your right hand. At the same time use your left hand to block her moving forward.
If she stands raise the bowl and encourage her to sit again.
Repeat using small movements until she remains sitting while you place the food bowl on the ground.
Loosen the lead and say “free” or “ok” to allow access to the food.
You can also take some food from the bowl to hold her attention and then drop it back into the bowl as you say “ok”.
Remain with her during the meal so that she doesn’t become possessive about food. Place your hand in the food bowl and encourage her to eat around your hand.
Add extra yummy food to her bowl while she is eating, so that having you around while she is eating means added bonuses.