Food Aggression In Dogs Is A Serious Dog Behavior Problem

Are you just plain fed up?  Does feeding your dog turn into a nightmare of aggressive dog behavior if anyone in the household comes near him while he's eating?  If your pooch is displaying food aggression in dogs, this serious dog behavior problem needs to be stopped before your dog attacks you or someone in your family.

Dog Food Aggression Is Instinctive Behavior For Canines

In the wild, a dog is protective of his food, his mate, and his territory.  Aggressive behavior in dogs is necessary for their survival.  The most aggressive dog is the pack leader, or alpha male, and he enforces his position by being the dominant dog in the pack. 

However, your dog shouldn't be the pack leader in your home.  If he is, you're in for trouble, because he thinks he's the alpha male, and like he would in the wild, he'll enforce his position by using aggressive dog behavior.  This is a dominance issue that won't go away on its own.  You must take steps to deal with his aggressive behavior before it reaches a dangerous level.

Causes of Food Aggression In Dogs

Some thing a puppy who aggressively guards his food is cute.  Don't do it!  This is a serious mistake many dog owners make.  Instead of encouraging this kind of canine possession aggression, you need to nip this problem in the bud.

Your dog's understanding of exactly who leads the pack is confused.In your dog's way of thinking, if you don't take the role of the alpha male (even if your female), there's a leadership vacuum.  If you don't step into the role, he will.  And he won't be nice about enforcing his position in your household.

He thinks he can take whatever he want from anyone else in the pack because he thinks he's the pack leader.  The reality is that the family dog should be at the bottom of the heap, not the top.  Anyone in the household should be able to take anything away from him, even his food.  Of course, you're not really going to do this, but he needs to know where he stands in your household pack. 

Dog Food Aggression Training

With a puppy, you'll make it clear that having people or other animals around when he's eating is OK.  Do this right from the beginning, and you'll probably never have a problem with this type of aggressive dog behavior.  Anyone in the family should be able to safely stand right next to him at any while he's eating.If this isn't true, you need to be in control of his food.

It's always a idea to feed your dog after you and your family have finished eating.  Your dog will instinctively understand that the alpha dog always eats first.This reinforces exactly where you and your family members rank in the family in relationship to him.

Require that your dog sit and stay quietly while you're fixing his food.  If he whines and jumps around and demands food, don't give in.  He needs to earn his food by behaving in a non-aggressive manner. 

Don't let an aggressive dog “win” his food if he growls at you.  This only rewards his bad dog behavior.

If food aggression in dogs is already a serious problem in your household, a dog behavior course may be your next step.  Look for a course that includes a consultation with an experienced dog trainer, and that has a forum where you can get advice from other dog owners.

Now that you know what to do, don't delay in taking steps to control dog food aggression.

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