What is food aggression?
Food aggression is the expression commonly used to describe a dog growling or biting when it is confronted, or thinks it is likely to be confronted, over food.
First let me reassure you that if your dog is being aggressive over food, this behaviour CAN be resolved!
What can I do if my dog is food aggressive?
- Never attempt to take food off your dog. Including if you accidentally drop something and your dog gets hold of it. The confrontation may result in a bite, and it’s not worth it!
- Do not stroke, or make eye contact with your dog while it is eating. Just put the dogs bowl down and walk away letting the dog eat in peace.
- Do not leave food lying around. Including your dog’s food and bones. If they’ve decided to walk away from it, pick it back up and put it away. If there isn’t food around, they cannot be aggressive over it!
- Be very clear about why they get food, and that it is coming from you. So do not go and prepare their dinner if they are pestering you to do so. Or give them treats if they are expecting them.
- Before you put their food down, make a point of eating a little snack, so that they can see that you have eaten before them by doing this you are using food to communicate to your dog.
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