hi im new here but have a question

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the alpha dog in- the house
Barked: Wed Aug 6, '08 2:07pm PST 
I tend to growl if im disturbed when i sleep, even to the point of snapping at my mom, she also can not take any food out of my mouth or I get upset and growl.. how can she get me to change this bad habit of mine?

Gabe the Dog

It's Gabe. Gabe- the Dog
Barked: Sun Sep 14, '08 6:55pm PST 
Ask your vet for a good recommendation for a behaviorist. Being startled in your sleep is pretty common. Food aggression could escalate to more. Sort of depends on your situation, how old is the dog, etc. Gabe has a puppy mill background, we've worked with a good trainer and know how to manage most situations, but I would never in a million years be able to physically take food out of his mouth. He'll obey a drop it command though. Hope you are working through this ok