Tips for Breaking Food Aggression

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I apologize for not blogging at my normal midweek Wednesday morning time. My mother has taken ill and we’ve had one family crisis after another recently. Thankfully, things are beginning to stabilize a little.

As promised last week, after the video of my three dogs eating peacefully together, I said I would be highlighting tips to break food aggression in dogs.

We adopted Kota, our 10 month old Carolina pup, 4 months ago. He was wild, crazy, and had food and toy aggression. He had been crated, didn’t know how to play properly without hurting dogs/people, and he was fearful that he wouldn’t get enough to eat. You couldn’t tell it by the video last week could you? Exactly. If you’re experiencing this type of aggression, these tips below should help.

TIPS to Stop Food Aggression:

1- Make your dog sit and stay while you dish up their food. By doing this you show them that you own the food, not them, and you’re the pack leader. Dogs can become anxious when they don’t feel like you’re the pack leader. A fearful dog is a danger to itself and others.

2- When bringing a new dog into the mix, use separate feeding dishes, in separate areas if necessary until the dogs blend into a pack.

3 – If you notice one of your dog’s growling, barking and/or biting over food, correct the behavior immediately with a firm “Aaht” and remove them from the food dish (you may need to seek a trainer for really aggressive dogs).

4 – As the dogs become less aggressive, move their food dishes closer together, even side by side.

5 – When no aggression is present, pour all the food into one dish and supervise and correct unwanted aggressive behavior as needed.

Lisa Freeman is an author and motivational speaker from Owosso, Michigan. 14 years ago she was rescued by an abused, runaway dog, since then she has been rescuing other dogs and people. She is an AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Award-Winning Certified Pet Therapist. She specializes in obedience, agility, service dog work, pet therapy, and behavior modification. Click Here to learn more about Lisa and her non-profit organization to help both people and pets.

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