Dog obedience training techniques rely heavily on food, which is a huge motivator for any dog. This is an example of positive food motivation. But when food becomes a catalyst for aggression in your dog, you’ve got a food guarding situation, which can escalate to become dangerous for you, and the other dogs in your household.
Your dog’s ancestors guarded food because they often didn’t eat for days at a time. When a kill was brought back to the pack, the wolves that fought for the right to eat got to eat the most, and the best, meat.
If your dog has a submissive personality, he may inhale his food at record speed to prevent other, more dominant dogs in the house from horning in on his treasure. And, if one of those dogs approaches, he might feel the need to defend his meal. Or, if your dog is the dominant natured one, he might growl or snap at other dogs, whom he sees as freeloaders that don’t truly deserve a piece of his meal. One way to stop your dog from eating too fast is to use a product called the Omega Paw Portion Pacer.
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Food guarding might be perfectly natural, but, as with many dog behaviors that we feel the need to change with dog training, it’s not ideal for modern day living. Prevention of this behavior, when your dog is young, with dog obedience training techniques, is the best course of action. Take these steps to prevent this potentially dangerous habit from developing.
Put only a portion of your puppy’s meal into her bowl. When she’s finished eating that, pick up the bowl, put more food into it, and then replace it for her to finish. You can divide the meal into as many segments as you’d like.
Stroke your puppy while he’s eating.
Hold the bowl while he eats.
Train your puppy or dog to sit before filling his dog bowl, and then ask him to sit again, halfway through eating. Keep an extra tasty treat handy for this exercise, like a piece of chicken or steak.
Interrupt mealtime and ask your puppy to sit. Reward her. Now take a piece of steak or chicken and put it into her food bowl. Stir the contents with your hand. Allow her to continue eating.
Take the food bowl partway through her meal. Put her favorite meat treat into the bowl. Replace the bowl and allow her to finish eating.
Ask children and other family members, along with visitors, to try these dog training techniques, too.
These dog obedience training techniques will teach your puppy or dog that his food is safe, that mealtime is meant to be free of stress, and that when you’re around, mealtime is full of bonuses. Add clicker training techniques to these food guarding prevention tips, and you’ve got the perfect way to accomplish all of this, quickly and easily.
It’s important that you understand that these dog training techniques can only be performed safely if your dog isn’t already guarding food. If he raises his lip or his hackles, growls, barks, or shows his teeth while eating, you could be injured if you attempt to intervene.
It’s no longer necessary for your dog to guard, or fight for, her meal. Unlike her ancestors, she’s privy to an endless supply of food. When she fully grasps this concept, mealtime will be safe and pleasant.
Your dog’s development as a domestic pet has transferred the responsibility of survival from her to you. She can trust that you have her best interest in mind, and that dog obedience training, in and out of the bowl, is her ticket to a long and well fed existence.