Q. How do I teach my new rescue German Shepard to be gentle taking a treat from my hand? She is 8 yrs old.
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. 1) I would not handfeed the dog. Put the treat in a bowl for her to pick up. If you handfeed her you are teaching him that it is ok to eat outside of her feeding bowl and makes her more prone to pick up food she is not supposed to have. (IMHO)
2) If you must hand feed her, make sure she first sits down and waits until you allow her to take the treat from your hand. If she takes it gently, praise her. If she is rough, tell her NO and stop giving her treats. Eventually she will understand that she will only get a treat if she takes it gently.