Food Aggression In Dogs
Many dogs have had to deal with “hoarding” their food or having to protect their food so that they have something to eat at the end of the day. Depending on whether your dog was in an abusive situation, your dog could have had to eat with several, or hundreds of other dogs. Breaking your dog of this habit should happen immediately so that the problem does not fester and possibly become worse.
Food aggression usually means your dog growls when he/she is fed, they can snap and snarl, or even bite. Some will have major issues and may even try to chase or attack someone if they come near their food bowl.
In order to rule out anything physical with your dog, it is a good idea to take your dog to the vet to rule that out. Also, if possible, you may want to hire a professional trainer that can help you work with your dog to alleviate this issue.
Working with your dog to stop this behavior will take time, patience and help from ALL family members. Each family member must be involved so that your dog associates the family with good experiences and it helps them to establish their place in the “pack.”
If you need more information or some tips or tricks on how to work with a dog that has food aggression, here is an article to help you on your way.