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How to Stop Dog Food Aggression

Dog food aggressionIf your dog growls when you or your children approach his food bowl during mealtime, you need to be aware of a potentially serious problem. Dog food aggression behavior needs to be stopped immediately before your dog bites or injures your children.

My recommended dog training course for aggressive dog behavior problems is: Secrets to Dog Training.

This outstanding course will help you to understand the reasons for your dogs aggressive behavior, and will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to put an end to this problem.

As dog food aggression is often linked to other behavior issues, you should examine your dog's routine and life. It is highly likely that your dog has other behavior problems that have not been fully addressed.

A dog being possessive over his food is not normal. As a matter of fact, most dogs don't mind humans putting food in their bowl or being around them as they eat.

When your dog displays food aggression, it is likely that he is regressing back to his genetic predisposition for hunting with the pack. Your dog's ancestors probably fought for every food morsel.

By fixing the dog food aggression problems, you will probably notice an improvement in his other behavior issues.

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Dogs are such a wonderful addition to family life and every attempt should be made to preserve the great relationship with your dog. There are several solutions for food aggression. It may require a number of tries before you find the correct answer for your particular pet. However, it will be worth all of your effort. Here are some possible solutions for your food aggression problems:

  • Interference with his food should be associated with positive things. For example, you could place a small portion of food in his bowl but have a chewy treat or milk bone on hand. You should approach him after he has been eating for a short time. When he growls, you should offer him the treat. 

He may choose to take it from you immediately or he may still guard his food bowl. If you are persistent, he will eventually take the treat. As he eats the treat, you should put extra food in his bowl. This process should be repeated until the aggression stops when you approach his food bowl.

  • One reason for food aggression is that your dog feels the need to protect his meal. This is also ingrained in his genetics. Distributing your dog’s food between a few bowls and placing them in front of him may help to solve this. When he begins to eat out of one of the bowls, you should approach him and pick up one of the other bowls. Place a tempting treat in this bowl and put it back in front of him. 

After a few minutes, this process should be repeated with the other bowls. When your dog begins to realize that good things happen when you approach his food bowl, the aggression should end.

It is essential that everyone in your family is involved in this reconditioning process. This will form a closer bond between your family and your dog. Remember, you should never separate your dog and his food!

If your dog is showing signs of dog food aggression (or any other aggressive behavior), I strongly recommend that you check out Secrets to Dog Training.