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Food aggressive

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by turbo x, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. turbo x

    turbo x Puppy

    my 9 week old bully is food aggressive towards my little girl but not toward me or my wife . im trying to have my daughter put treat in her hand and put it in the bowl while hes eating and its working except for when she dosnt have a treat, next im ganna try taking away his food and only let my little girl feed him during feeding times. I know he sees her as another sibling and me and the wife as the leaders but i have to stop this quick. Other than that we are getting the ruff biting while he is playing under control by just telling him no and stop playing with him when he gets ruff, its working pretty good, potty training is a hit and miss, he mostly goes outside but has some accadents. Any help with the food aggression would be great!
     
  2. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    you have to make your daughter higher than him in the pack. you are right, have your daughter feed him and put down his bowl. he is still very very young. try to teach him 'wait' for his food and have your daughter tell him 'wait' and than teach him to only eat his food when she says 'ok.' you should also have him wait at doorways before going and teach him to 'wait' before he can go through, having your daughter tell him when its okay. it also would be wise to have your daughter hand feed him his food one hand full at a time. and make him work for it, sit ect. its time for him to work for his food and learn better manners.
     
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Here's a thread on food aggression:

    http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?t=9615

    ---------- Post added at 06:14 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:08 PM ----------

    Good post:)
     
  4. turbo x

    turbo x Puppy

    thanks very much we really love this dog and want him to be apart of our famialy for along time so we are trying to do the right things while he is young.
     
  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

  6. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Thank you michele for the links they were very helpful. my biggest problem i think will be teaching my family how do put theese techniques into play not to menton its very hard somtimes to not get frustrated and yell NO! all the time.
    also turboX another thing you can do to help with your food aggressive dog is before giving the food or even offering it have your daughter use her hands to mix it basically play with it she will be leaving her scent on the food which also helps affirms that its HER food not the dogs. Hucklebutt has given the best method for fixing this bad behavior dont forget to also do this with treats it helps teach your dog respect if you and your family members practice sitting on the floor holding a nice treat when your dog comes up make them sit and at a respectable distance make him give you space practice holding the treat in you lap if he goes to take it say "wait" or "uh uh" and take it way if he inches closer nudge him back to that respectable distance. practice this a few times a day withdifferant things including his toys donot allow him to come maul you for any thing even if youve been playing with him with a toy once you have it let him know its yours and he has to respect that. once he can control himself from just snatching things out of your hand practice setting the treat or toy on the floor beside you then after that beside him untill you have a dog that can control the urge to grab. again this excersize helps to establish respect for you and your family members.
     
  7. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    Sometimes, the hardest part of trying to train a dog... can be the family members. :rolleyes: I make mine sit before they are given their food. I haven't mastered the "OK, eat" command, but when I get ready to give them their food, they know they aren't getting it till their butts planted on the ground.... which is never a problem with Bella since she is always sitting on one haunch, and usually lays down to eat.... lazy mutt! :p
     

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