What are your thoughts on teaching dogs to be indifferent to strangers such as not accepting food from strangers?
Im always scared of this as I always hear people say it happened to thier dog.Originally Posted By: SunCzarinathat it's a good idea becuase there's a lot freaks in the world and you never know, some jerk up the street might throw your dog a poison sandwich becuase he doesn't like the dog woofing at him every time he walks by.
Originally Posted By: pinkanmlI never taught mine that at all, and it hurts a lot of people's feelings, so I almost feel bad when I tell them they're just wasting their time trying.
Are you wanting to teach this to a puppy? If so, I'd hold off on that kind of training for a while. Right now, everyone should be walking treat vending machines. I have a GSD that never had the proper socialization in her previous home and it's NOT pretty to see what they can turn into as adults---very scary and dangerous.
Many GSDs will naturally become more aloof and standoffish as they get older. My other dog was thoroughly socialized as a puppy, yet acts as if people don't exist. He will accept pets as long as they aren't directed at his head, but won't even sniff an extended hand by passers by.
I remember reading about this on a working/police/SchH forum and I believe it involves setting the dog up by having someone toss food into the yard and someone in hiding uses an electric collar to shock the dog when it goes to eat it. I'm not sure if that's the proper way, but that's how I vaguely recall it.Originally Posted By: UcdcrushI am planning to poison proof my dogs somehow. I posted about it in the training section but didn't get any response related to actually teaching a dog not to eat randomly found foods.
My dog won't even take food from me with my releasing her to do so. She has been trained to do this with everybody; her vet, day care, etc. Personally I think it's good manners.Originally Posted By: Miraculix...such as not accepting food from strangers?
Yes you do have a point!Originally Posted By: Dainerrapeople I know who have taught it use "baited" food that is spiked with hot peppers.
Angel R, the problem with that idea is that, if people view your dog as dangerous, they will just poison it to get it out of the way. esp if they think it's an annoyance.
I've never stopped Rayden from taking food from people. If someone is scared/annoyed enough with your dog, they are going to take the easy route and throw something over the fence. They are very unlikely to try to hand feed it
I recently found Tetley still waiting for her release ~15min after I'd put her food down. I forgot... oops. I felt terrible! I'd only worked up to 5 minutes before. I have never tried for longer - that is a little mean - however, she did skip snack at once at doggie camp with a new person that didn't know the drill.Originally Posted By: Angel RBut I think someone can NEVER fully train a dog to not take food. If you left the BEST trained dog in a room with food, its only a matter of time......
I'd bet Nico would cave....if he was home alone without food for 2 days! If it's not in his bowl, he won't touch it (except cat food which is kept in the cat room). The trash can be full of bones, meat, candy, cat food cans, etc. All of their treats are left out on the counters and he has never touched anything since he was a small puppy.Originally Posted By: Angel R
But I think someone can NEVER fully train a dog to not take food.
If you left the BEST trained dog in a room with food, its only a matter of time......
usually ground cayenne pepper. fresh, not the dried... wrapped up in the meat.Originally Posted By: Jax08spiking the food with what? Something like hot pepper?
It CAN be done. The guy I used to train with years ago is a big police dog trainer. I once watched him give a demo of a dog that had been trained to not accept food from a stranger.Originally Posted By: Angel RBut I think someone can NEVER fully train a dog to not take food.