Dog Food Aggression: You’re just putting down the food bowl and your dog is eagerly eating. When he eats in the kitchen, remember to forget to turn off the burner. As you approach the kitchen, you are “greeted” by your dog emitting a low, menacing growl. Surprisingly you begin to believe that you have a dog with a food aggression problem.
What is Dog Food Aggression?
Dog Food Aggression is a fairly common problem. It is especially seen in households where the dogs are not quite sure of their place in rank. Often these dogs from animal shelters are believed to have an unknown history. While many shelters may decide to be able to put a dog to sleep that may not have been able to successfully pass the food aggression test, with patience and time mild cases can be re mediated.
Understanding why a dog growls is a good starting point. In the wild, a growling dog is another warning to stay away from their food. They claim ownership and give the message they want to be left alone. This attitude is mainly used in comparison to other dogs lower in rank, rarely it is used in the direction of the alpha dog. In a domestic environment, humans are supposed to be the pack leader. A growling dog, therefore, more often than not, is in an inverse relationship, where he thinks he is at the top of the rank, being with people on the ground. The following are some steps to help restore order.
STEP 1: Restoring Rank Sorting
An Important Step In combating dog food aggression is therefore in the household to give clear messages that people are responsible for alpha. This can be achieved again by taking a look in the wild. In the wild, alpha dogs eat first, sleep better, get through the channels first, and so on. As a holder, therefore, you should emphasize your position. Always eat first and feed your dog. Always get out the door first. Never leave your dog in elevated places like your sofa or bed. This will make your dog think you are about to do the same. Some people even recommend spitting in their dog’s food; this provides your dog with the idea that he eats the left overs by smelling saliva as dogs in the great outdoors eat the leftover leftover of the alpha dog after eating.
STEP 2: Nothing in Life is Free
Nothing in life is free, often abbreviated as NILIF, a training method that forces your top ranking position. Your dog will perceive that you are responsible for its food, toys and attention time. You need to teach your dog two basic commands: sit and stay. From now on, instead of having your dog eat the food, once you have the bowl sit down have him. Put the bowl down and say “Stay.” Have your dog wait a few seconds and then say “go”. Your dog learns that you control your food and decide when to eat. Even better hand feed your dog one appendage at a time. Do the same thing if toys or attention. Let your dog earn everything. You do not let your dog decide if to be pet but call him you have him sitting nicely and then caress. The same is true for playtime when a game starts and when a game ends. Not the dog makes the rules.
STEP 3: Reassurance against Threats
As soon as your dog has a better understanding of the hierarchy, you can reassure him that you are not dangerous. Your dog will learn that you do not rob the kitchen from getting his food. Rather, on the contrary, he is taught that great things happen as you approach him and his food bowl. Many people believe that a dog who does not deserve the food growls, so they take away the food or bone. This just teaches the dog that you are really a threat to him, and the next time his food is taken away his warning growl ignores he may decide to refresh a bite.
Instead, try crating your dog at first. He will eat quietly and quietly with him nobody bothers. Then try to apropulate him as he will eat. From a distance throw him a treat, if he does not growl. Take one step at a time tosses treats every time he does not growl. If he growls for a second ignore, but not secure. Continue until you are very close. Praise and give a lot of goodies when you are very close. Never place a hand in your dog bowl or reach near it. Just throw the treats from afar. After he seems much better you can try this with the dog from the box. With patience, you should notice that instead of growling, when you come near he will wave you up looking for a treatment. This is a very good sign. It may take weeks to months, but you should see some improvements over time. From time to time, when you pass by him in the kitchen, refreshing his training by throwing a treatment in his food bowl. In good cases, you may even be able to pat him in the head. But always exercise extreme caution.
Now that you have followed these three important steps, you should have a dog that respects you as a leader, works for his food and affection, and trusts you in walking near his food bowl. These three steps should greatly improve your relationship and enforce your bond. In any case, never let children near you eat like the dogs. It is never a bad thing to be careful about it. If food aggression remains a problem despite your efforts, you must have seen your dog behaved by a dog behaviorist.
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