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Old 04-06-2014, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got an issue or an observance about Olly, a soon to be 8 week old GSD/Mali mix. We have an older, small breed dog who seems to have a passive personality when it comes to food. When it is feeding time, Olly will often barge into the older dog's bowl and the older dog will actually yield and give way to Olly (also with water). I really don't like this behavior as I was hoping the older dog was going to teach her dog rules and not to steal her food. For the moment I've been feeding the older dog on top of her crate but Olly will come and jump and bark trying to reach on top to the food (and not her own).

So far I feel I've done well with avoiding any aggression towards humans as I give her treats while eating and other things I've read here. But what can I do about this food stealing? I feel like feeding them in their own crates will just mask the problem and she won't learn to not interrupt other dogs eating.
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It's a puppy and your letting it take control now?? That's really really not good! It sounds like you need to get a pro involved with your puppy and you. Especially if it's a GSD/Mali mix??? Not a dog I'd have recommended for a beginner?? But you got him so you need to get your game face on!

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Yea I'm aware of that but I would like to learn how to fix the situation. Interesting link there about the alpha and beta dog but Olly will be much bigger than the older dog (hot dog mix breed). And Olly is actually my dog while the older one belongs to my niece and so I want Olly to be the alpha (but she's still a baby). :/
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Yea I'm aware of that but I would like to learn how to fix the situation. Interesting link there about the alpha and beta dog but Olly will be much bigger than the older dog (hot dog mix breed). And Olly is actually my dog while the older one belongs to my niece and so I want Olly to be the alpha (but she's still a baby). :/

Firstly,YOU should be the "Alpha". Not the dog, ever.

Secondly, forget Alpha. Be the leader, your dog should follow your rules and not do what she wants when she wants.

thirdly, if you want to stop the behavior, put a tether on her and when she goes to walk towards your other dogs food, give a quick pop on the leash, tell her "no" and redirect her back to her own food.

Lastly, just separate them when they are eating. If your girl gets a wild hair, she may stop just pushing the little dog out if the way and she may bite her. Then you have a GSD vs dachshund. Not pretty. So just avoid it.


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Firstly,YOU should be the "Alpha". Not the dog, ever.

Secondly, forget Alpha. Be the leader, your dog should follow your rules and not do what she wants when she wants.

thirdly, if you want to stop the behavior, put a tether on her and when she goes to walk towards your other dogs food, give a quick pop on the leash, tell her "no" and redirect her back to her own food.

Lastly, just separate them when they are eating. If your girl gets a wild hair, she may stop just pushing the little dog out if the way and she may bite her. Then you have a GSD vs dachshund. Not pretty. So just avoid it.


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