Hi, im looking for advice on our (3 years old) shepard Jay. I have had shepards for years but he is different in his ways, i no all dogs are different but i will explain why he is from others we have had. 1. He growls when you put his food down for him, i no its a protection thing but yesterday my daughter put his food down and before he even got to it he started growling and even bared his teeth, this frightened her to say the least. We have told him off in the past about the growling and now if you walk near him when he is having his food he walks away and wont go back until you tell him to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!. 2. Sometimes when we have gone to bed and our daughters come in late he will growl at them.do you think this is due to us going to bed and he goes into protection mode?? All advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. David ( Harrogate).