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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-17-2014, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding time. In ex-pen or out of it??

Today is day 5 with our little havanese, Griffin. I am wondering whether at feeding time we should have his dishes outside of the ex-pen where our 3 young boys could be hanging around him, so that he gets used to it? Eventually we won't be using the puppy area setup anymore and I wanted to avoid having a dog who is territorial with his food dish and potentially snap at the kids for being nearby.
The downside of this would be increased risk of a potty accident (usually eating and eliminating are close together).
What do you suggest??
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I think it is really important for you to teach your boys to respect your pup's meal time and to give him the space he needs to eat. Successful puppy integration in a household with young children is at least as much about teaching the young children how to treat the pup as it is about helping the pup learn how to interact with the children.

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