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Food Aggression

Pitbullmom1

Big Dog
My newest pup prince has some food aggression issues with my other dog Case. It's not with me or my husband at all just the other dog. I've been just feeding him separate in his kennel and he's good about it once I start dishing up food he go's straight to his cage and waits nicely. I let him eat in there and other dog in kitchen floor, after their done I put bowls up and no big deal. But this morning I was making my husbands lunch for work and prince snapped at case as he was walking by and started growling showing front teeth, I put him in kennel till I was done. I'm concerned that this might get worse with time? Anybody ever dealt with this? He go's crazy for food like he's never ate in his life too. I've read some on it and I think it's called resources guarding. Thanks for any advice :)
 

TWadeJ

Big Dog
I simply feed all my dogs separately to avoid the issue. Do you ever feed him table scraps? If so, maybe he thought the lunch was for him.
 

Pitbullmom1

Big Dog
Sometimes I do give him a piece of bacon here and there. I'm afraid it will escalate if I don't try to correct it now.? He's very snappy
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I have a strict no dogs in the kitchen rule when food is being prepared. That's even the command," Get out of the kitchen" or a simple, " out" depends on my mood. Resource guarding is very common, and can dealt with. Careful management, training, and doing what your doing (feeding separately), are all a must. I feed one in the kitchen, another in a different room, and the two youngest can eat in the same room. If I have helpers, they can all eat at the same time, one person with two dogs each. If not, two eat & two get put away. I work really hard with them to not resource guard, placement with rewards is what I do. I wouldn't recommend it if your dogs don't have really great basic obedience down. We do daily drills on sit, wait, stay. You also have to have excellent skills on reading dog body language, it doesn't have to be food only that will trigger a fight. Toys and simple affection can also be triggers.

The trainer I used was $125 or $150 for 8 once weekly group class. Even though I've always trained my own and other dogs, I knew I was out of my league with a BBM. No headlines for me!
 
Each dog (4, a pit, 2 Jack Russell, and a shorkie) have their spot where the eat. They never move from that spot until they are finished eating. I do not allow any dog that's done eating to enter another dogs space. I have a specific order in which they are fed. Their main meal in the morning is where the dogs are separated. I feed them chicken, ham, eggs and cheese For the rest of the day I have one food bowl filled with high vegetable type dog food. It's the community bowl and each dog respects the others time at the bowl and waits his turn. I've never had any food aggression from any of the dogs because as the alpha leader, I don't allow it through consistent training. Everything is done in a specific order, including the way I teach them. Eventually, they learn that invading another dogs space at feeding time isn't worth it because they know they will have to deal with me the alpha if they act up. They've learned the community dog bowl is just that, and there's no need to get upset over it. They sometimes stand in line and wait till the other is finished, or usually the case they grab a mouthful and carry it to another spot to eat, where then it becomes their personal feeding space. Each dog has a specific spot they like to carry it to, which frees the community bowl up for the other dogs.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Each dog (4, a pit, 2 Jack Russell, and a shorkie) have their spot where the eat. They never move from that spot until they are finished eating. I do not allow any dog that's done eating to enter another dogs space. I have a specific order in which they are fed. Their main meal in the morning is where the dogs are separated. I feed them chicken, ham, eggs and cheese For the rest of the day I have one food bowl filled with high vegetable type dog food. It's the community bowl and each dog respects the others time at the bowl and waits his turn. I've never had any food aggression from any of the dogs because as the alpha leader, I don't allow it through consistent training. Everything is done in a specific order, including the way I teach them. Eventually, they learn that invading another dogs space at feeding time isn't worth it because they know they will have to deal with me the alpha if they act up. They've learned the community dog bowl is just that, and there's no need to get upset over it. They sometimes stand in line and wait till the other is finished, or usually the case they grab a mouthful and carry it to another spot to eat, where then it becomes their personal feeding space. Each dog has a specific spot they like to carry it to, which frees the community bowl up for the other dogs.
I read your intro where you said you've been a trainer for 40 years, is that correct? The alpha training methods used have now been debunked. The training is fear based. We try to teach our members to use mainly positive training methods, one of teacher and student. Your method could cause a fight in this instance, as the OP's dogs are untrained. I have used the community bowl successfully in the past, but no longer do so. It was pointed out to me here on the forum that you can't tell how much food each dog is taking in with it. It's a valid point. When we share tips and techniques, we keep in mind the OP's question and skill level. I'm sure you meant well and that as a trainer your dogs are obedient, however please keep in mind that you're sharing how to achieve a goal. How did you train them to do the task? How can OP achieve little to no resource guarding with her dogs? For instance how would you teach her to have her dogs learn order and wait in line?
 

Capt. Roxy

Good Dog
Premium Member
My little dog resource guards high value items like bones and stuffed kongs. It's never with me it's with everyone one else and the other animals here. She is doing much better now with some training done at home. This helped a lot. ---> http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...e-Guarding-Behavior-Modification_20368-1.html I usually feed the dogs in separate rooms or at the opposite ends of the living room. They respect each other on their own though. They wait by their bowls and once they are done they exchange bowls and take turns licking each others' bowls. My newest addition is a Care Bear. She loves to share everything so we just nurture that aspect about her and always make sure the dogs understand everything is fair and everyone is getting the same thing.
 

Pitbullmom1

Big Dog
Thanks for the replies I haven't been on in a while, I'm still using the same method with him and it's working well. Had a few instances where he's growled at him as he walked by and his hair up? Other than that their fine they play well and sleep together a lot.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
My little dog resource guards high value items like bones and stuffed kongs. It's never with me it's with everyone one else and the other animals here. She is doing much better now with some training done at home. This helped a lot. ---> http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...e-Guarding-Behavior-Modification_20368-1.html I usually feed the dogs in separate rooms or at the opposite ends of the living room. They respect each other on their own though. They wait by their bowls and once they are done they exchange bowls and take turns licking each others' bowls. My newest addition is a Care Bear. She loves to share everything so we just nurture that aspect about her and always make sure the dogs understand everything is fair and everyone is getting the same thing.
That's an excellent link Capt. Roxy! Perhaps it should be pinned, hint, hint. ;) What do you think fellow forum members?
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Couldn't agree more. Guarding behaviors are common, and those techniques do work. I've used them successfully with many dogs. Because it's a frequently asked question, or concern in some cases, the WDJ covers it very well. Maybe as a permanent link rather than a pinned post. Need more input, @Pitbullmom1 what did you think of this link? Can you update on how the dogs are doing?