There are several reasons why dogs become aggressive. It could be to protect his/her pack (your family) from danger, it could be to assert dominance and become the pack leader and the reason could also be to guard resources such as food. It is very important to tackle this kind of situation early
as it can get worse and become dangerous and your puppy could also become possessive of many other things such as toys or various other household items. It is of course easier to handle this kind of situation before your puppy grows big and strong. So here is a simple trick on how to stop puppies food aggression shown on a video with Doggy Dan.
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The reason for food aggression could be dominance (the alpha dogs eat first) and it could also be a question of guarding resources so that other dog and/or other animals don’t steal it, after all, in the wild, food is sometimes hard to get and you can not afford to get it stolen.
When it comes to puppies, the reason for food aggression is usually about guarding resources but if you let him/her get away with, he/she might later even challenge your role as the Pack leader, which is something you should never allow.
Below, you will find a video where Doggy Dan is working with a puppy who is aggressive around food and after the video I will give you some more tips and tricks on what to do about food aggression.
As you can see in the video, the method he is using is very simple. He is starting out with an empty food bowl and then he gradually adds food to it. This will make the puppy used to him having his hand there and he will associate the hand with food. It is very important not to do the opposite, that is filling the bowl with food and then taking it out. This really risks turning out badly so don’t try that.
Children should not be allowed to this. At least not alone, you must supervise a situation like this as aggressive behavior is something that must be taken seriously.
If you have an adult dog who is aggressive around food then this method should not be used as it can turn into a dangerous situation. A post on how to deal with an adult dog who is aggressive around food will come soon.
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