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You should not except this behavior. I can do anything to my guys without them snapping or growling. I'll take chews, toys, food away. I touch them, pick them up and groom them anytime I want. They don't call the shots. The only guy who growls is Fred. It is not a real growl, more a grumpy growl. If he's sleeping and you bump him, he grunts and storms off in a huff. He is so miserable! I never worry about anyone being around my dogs and them snapping or growling. They are between the ages of 3 and 5 and have never come close. Your girl is young, so it's not too late! I believe a dog should never growl at you, even if your head is in his crate or hand in his food bowl.
Try taking the food bowl away while she's eating and add some treats to it. She will learn, you taking his bowl away is sometime a good thing. You can also take toys and treats away, and offer something better in exchange.
PS. I still put my hands in their food bowls and take things away. I don't want bad habits to develop.
Last edited by lfung5; 07-18-2009 at 11:24 AM.