Originally Posted by AnaleighK12k14
We've noticed since we got the puppy that she is very protective of her food, and even his food if she thinks she wants it. She growls and snarls and even gives him some pretty harsh warning nips.
Crate her with her bowl. You don't want the pup to feel intimidated by her over food because then he's going to start doing the same. What happens when he's an adult and you've got a brawl over a chicken nugget box someone accidentally dropped?
Short version: I'm still dealing with the fallout from the behavior of one dog who died 9 years ago.
From the time Morgan came here as a 6 month old, Luther tried to steal her food. As she got older, he'd get in her food and she'd be jumping on his back biting his neck and he'd hunker down in the dish yelping but still eating her food. I had a door I could separate them with but Morgan was a fussy eater.
Luther passed away, we got Otto 3 YEARS later, Morgan obviously wasn't over what Luther used to do to her. She'd start walking towards Otto giving him a look like 'I could take that from you'.
Otto started grumbling at her about 7-8 months so I started crating him to eat. He never liked the crate so it worked well to give him something positive to associate with the crate. He'd growl at Morgan if she looked at him while he was eating in his crate, I'd tell him to knock it off, which he would for a while.
Morgan passed away, Otto was out of the crate for meals. Until he grumbled at my kids for walking into the room while he was eating - it's a small galley kitchen, 5 x 12 with a stove and a row of cabinets. Not much room for a dog and kids anyway. Back in the box if you want to grumble at little people while you're eating. Probably a good idea anyway - he's a deep chested dog, gets gassy if he runs around after he eats and I worry about bloat.
Enter Venus, who's not chicken but she's not about to start a fight other than goofing around. She's always dancing around the crate after I put Otto in to eat, he grumbles once in a while and I tell him to knock it off.
Venus has no problems with him around food, they'll eat treats together, lick a plate together. If I'm not in the room, I won't let them both be in the kitchen while the children are snacking. So far there have been no fights over food. There were fights over dropped food when it was Morgan and Otto. She tried to kill him over the aforementioned empty chicken nugget box...