Why does my dog only want to eat from my hand? Some dogs may be naturally more protective of their food and treats than others. Hand feeding your dog discourages resource guarding—your dog protecting their food. Your dog learns that you are the only pathway toward food and that you are the source of rewards and goodies.
Why does my dog eat from my hand but not his bowl? Many dogs in this situation stop eating from their bowls because they know their bowl is not a safe place. They prefer eating from your hands because they know you’ll shoo away the dominant dog if they come near. Other times when they exhibit the same behaviour is if they are scared of the environment where they eat.
How do I stop hand feeding my dog? Put his normal amount of food (breakfast or dinner) in a bowl and put it down for him to eat. In 15 minutes, pick up the bowl again and put it away. At his next scheduled mealtime, do the same thing. When he gets hungry, he will eat – a healthy dog will not starve himself to the point of causing any problems.
Is it bad to hand feed your dog? Feeding by hand will definitely help dogs who eat too fast. And it’s a bonus opportunity for you to get some training in at the same time. Practice some basic obedience skills between feeding your dog small handfuls of her meal.