On Food Aggression
What should you do if your dog is resource guarding?1 minute read
Food aggression is a type of guarding resources that can happen either between dogs or between a dog and a human. Here we're going to focus on the type with humans.
When food aggression occurs, the dog becomes overly defensive of their food and/or treats in the presence of humans.
- Start with hand-feeding. Instead of dumping food in the bowl and looking at your phone, have your puppy eat food from your hand bit by bit.
- After a week or two, transition into half food in the bowl, half from your hand
- During meal time, gently touch his paws, ears, and bowl. Reward him with high value treats
- If that's positive, have friends and family come join in to help during meal times.
If your puppy shows aggressive body language like growling or exposed teeth, seek help from an in-person certified behaviorist.