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c0d13e 12-27-2013 03:26 PM

Food Aggression
How to get rid of food aggression on a 4 month old puppy?

DJEtzel 12-27-2013 03:34 PM

Food aggression towards humans or dogs?

misslesleedavis1 12-27-2013 04:53 PM

If it dog on dog food issue, i dont know..if it is dog only people issues try raising the bowl so they are not over it when they eat.

DJEtzel 12-27-2013 07:14 PM


Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 (Post 4730834)
If it dog on dog food issue, i dont know..if it is dog only people issues try raising the bowl so they are not over it when they eat.

How do you figure that will help? :confused:

David Winners 12-27-2013 07:42 PM

Lots of good threads on this already. Here's a couple.

c0d13e 12-28-2013 12:30 AM

i most of the time have my hands in his food and he is fine. but when i give him a quarter leg of chicken and ill try to take it from him and move it away from the dirt he'll start growling. So i've been hand feeding him these past two days. Any thoughts on hand feeding? is this a good idea? will it prevent further aggression.

Adgerwalker 12-28-2013 01:09 AM

Very difficult at such a small age. It will gradually decrease on its own. Why don't you train him while giving food, that will be well earned food for him, Eating with Learning!!

David Winners 12-28-2013 01:16 AM

There are very different opinions on this, but I don't mess with my dogs' food after I give it to them. This can create food aggression, as they feel they have to defend their food from you so they can eat it. I give them their food and let them be.

Hand feeding is different than giving a high value item and then trying to take it away. A common technique is to give the dog half of its' meal and then when the bowl is empty you add a few pieces of food at a time to the bowl, thus conditioning the dog that your hand means more food, not the removal of the food.


c0d13e 12-28-2013 01:34 AM

Thank you for the advice. Will give this a try and will let you know how it goes.

David Winners 12-28-2013 03:34 AM

Something to note. This doesn't happen quickly with most dogs, and testing your progress can quickly undo any progress you have made. Take your time and set the dog up to be comfortable. This can take months, but it's worth it.

If you have to take something away, try and trade for a high value treat for a while, until the dog is non reactive to you while eating. This will help enforce the fact that you are the bringer of things, not the taker that needs to be driven away.

Many think you should just wade in and show the dog who is boss, and it will work with some dogs (and some people), but it could also make your job much more difficult. JMHO

David Winners

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