Dog Food Aggression Training: How to Control Your Dog’s Obsessiveness With Food
Even if we convince ourselves that dogs are our best friends, we cannot always ignore the fact that they still have the mentality of a wolf. Like their ancestors, dogs are basically possessive when it comes to food.
They will fight anyone who attempts to steal their food, let alone come a few steps near. It’s basically part of their system. In the wild, wolves are taught to survive in conditions where competition over food is a fact of daily life. Any animal that comes near will get instant scratch marks.
Today, dogs still have that tendency to growl and bark at any attempt to deprive it of food. Even owners will experience being barked at if they delay the giving of food, especially to a hungry dog.
In any case, the fact remains that dogs need to be trained when it comes to food. And that involves disciplining them from doing any drastic action that will hurt you and itself in the process.
Still, if you are able to at least pull the dog bowl away from your pet without him being grumpy and all, it will be an achievement in dog training. In other words, you need to exert an effort in order to teach your dog that you are in control of the food he partakes in.
Apparently, the first thing you have to do is to act like the leader of the pack. As you may as well know, dogs still subscribe to what we call a pack mentality in which they depend on a leader.
In this case, as the person who controls the food, you are in default the leader of the pack. Being so, you should be able to have the authoritative prowess of a leader.
You can express this authority by simply pulling the bowl away from your dog. If he shows any form of resistance, be prepared to be barked. IN this case, you should be able to stand your ground and never bow down. Instead, exert your dominance by hiding the bowl and producing it only after your dog calms down.
Eventually, he will realize that nothing goes the way he wants it and that you are always the master of the food.
There are also other factors why your dog becomes too possessive with food. The fact that he comes from a huge litter of puppies should explain the current mindset he has about food.
Competition is always there, especially when it’s feeding time. Puppies would scramble for the nearest teat, and they will try their best to push their brother or sister away so they can get fed.
Apparently, this is something you should sort out early on; otherwise, the habit will transferred to other things such as toys.
One thing always works when it comes to controlling an aggressive dog is that you should always control the food you give him. And of course, this means avoiding yourself from spoiling him to the point of being dependent and expectant.
You can start by feeding him by hand and work your way towards using the dog bowl. You should always consider that your dog basically prioritizes food above everything else, so you should teach him to control his instincts and prevent him from becoming too desperate.
Another effective method is to feed your dog one handful at a time. This would allow him to control his glut. Give batches of food on the bowl and he will instinctively sense that there are rules when it comes to food – just like in a real wolf pack!
By keeping this up every day, you will see real changes in the way your dog sees feeding time!