Let's just get this out there: my boy loves to eat. Seeing as I cohabitate with 3 males (my bf and our boy dogs) this should come as no surprise. That said, my boyfriend and dogs don't try to push me around for their food.
Blaze is going to need some work on his ground manners. His owner, despite being a very sweet lady, is very timid and I think she let him get away w/whatever he wanted. I also realize he's still getting acclimated to his new surroundings. Last night I brought him out of the paddock to walk around. He immediately slammed his head down and start mowing the grass. He'd try and drag me to a new spot when he wanted to move and was very unresponsive to my digging in my heels and snapping the lead to bring his head up. After a few minutes of that, I put him back in the paddock because my arms were hurting. Suggestions?
When I walked up to the paddock with an armful of hay, he was standing there with his head snaking toward me. I stood far enough back and firmly told him BACK. He did back up and didn't come forward until I had dumped the hay over the fence. He looooves his grain. He nickers when I come out with it, and when I walk in he basically tries to climb all over me. I've been basically keeping the grain bowl in one hand away from his body and flinging my other arm at him, telling him back. He'll dance all around me, and if he gets to close I smack his shoulder. If he gives me enough space, I put the grain in the feeder, and I will repeat the arm flinging and telling him BACK until he stands away for long enough. It took about 5 minutes last night. Am I doing this right? Is there a better way to teach him that he can't truck me just to get to his food?