Dog Training How To Stop Possessiveness With Food

Dog Training How To Stop Possessiveness With Food

Dog training-possessiveness with food
Though sometimes would like to​ believe otherwise,​ food is​ a​ dog's first priority,​ so the​ first step to​ successful training is​ to​ establish yourself as​ the​ leader,​ this can be acheived by showing him that he can only have his food at​ your discretion and command. Give him his dinner,​ allow him to​ eat for a​ few seconds,​ then take his bowl away from him. Use an​ appropriate sound each time you​ do so,​ such as​ "leave" or​ "stop",​ and keep the​ bowl for a​ few seconds.Provided he didn't show any aggression as​ you​ removed the​ bowl,​ tell him how 'good boy',​give it​ back and allow him to​ continue eating. Repeat this two or​ three times during each meal for a​ few days,​ then once or​ twice a​ week for a​ few weeks.

Some dogs are never possessive with their food,​ but you​ may find if​ your dog came from a​ large litter,​ the​ only way he could obtain his share of​ the​ food was to​ threaten his brothers and sisters. Finding this action acheived the​ desired result (getting more food),​he may well try it​ with you.If you​ don't sort this out very early on,​ this possessiveness will transfer to​ other things,​ such as​ bones,​ toys,​ furniture and so on,​ perhaps even to​ other members of​ the​ family.

To stop him being aggressive with his food,​ don't give him possession of​ it! By this I mean feed him by hand for a​ couple of​ weeks. Prepare his food in​ the​ bowl as​ usual,​ but don't put the​ bowl on​ the​ floor for him. Simply feed him a​ handful at​ a​ time. the​ bowl of​ food on​ the​ floor almost instinctively makes him want to​ guard it,​ so if​ he is​ not put in​ this position of​ needing to​ guard,​ he will not bite!

Feeding by hand also helps if​ your dog is​ dominant in​ other areas. it​ makes him completely reliant on​ you​ for the​ most important thing in​ his life,​his food,​and this will reinforce your position of​ pack leader,​ as​ he is​ only receiving the​ food from you​ and not from the​ bowl. you​ can also use this period of​ hand feeding to​ your benefit by making him perform some minor order from you​ for some of​ the​ food. Get him to​ sit first before one handful,​ or​ to​ lie down for the​ next,​ and so on. Don't make him run around for the​ food as​ this could cause digestive upsets.

You will find that after a​ couple weeks of​ this regime,​ his general attitude over possessions will change. you​ can then try giving him his food in​ a​ bowl again,​ and,​ provided there is​ no sign of​ aggression,​ continue to​ feed him normally.

For dogs that are food possessive,​ do not give them bones or​ toys,​ as​ they will attempt to​ guard these in​ the​ same way. Once the​ food possession has been sorted out,​ you​ can try introducing a​ toy,​ but make sure the​ dog understands that it​ is​ your toy,​ and he is​ only allowed to​ play with it​ with you,​ and when you​ decide the​ game is​ to​ end,​ you​ must end up with the​ toy.

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