Dog food aggression isn’t always a sign of dominance. For many dogs, it can be a sign of fear or anxiety. If your dog is a rescue or shelter dog, or if they haven’t received sufficient food in their lifetime, if another dog in the house has tried to prevent your dog from eating…these are just a few reasons for dog food aggression. I’ll tell you about my personal experience with this later in this article. But before that, I’d like to refer you to a dog food aggression training method that’s super effective.
Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, Doggy Dan (owner of the dog training website, TheOnlineDogTrainer.com) has developed a dog training program called, The Dog Calming Code, which is particularly effective for stopping dog food aggression, regardless of the cause. It’s easy to follow and inexpensive.
Stopping Dog Food Aggression
Here’s the good news…
It’s very likely that your dog DOES NOT NEED MORE TRAINING. The solution is actually far simpler than that.
It’s easy once you DISCOVER HOW TO COMMUNICATE with your dog and provide a loving, supportive relationship with your dog.
Doggy Dan’s training program, The Dog Calming Code will help you focus in on THE ONE THING that you may be missing that has helped him successfully train over 37,000 dogs.
What The Dog Calming Code Will Do for You and Your Dog
1. Sets Up a New, Health Relationship Between You and Your Dog. Setting up a healthy relationship with your dog is one of the most important things you can do as a dog owner—and The Dog Calming Code will teach you how to do just that. When you get this right, EVERYTHING ELSE FALLS INTO PLACE.
2. Makes Training Easier. Once you’ve got The Dog Calming Code in place and a solid relationship set up, you’ll find your dog is LISTENING to you, wanting to FOLLOW your lead and TAKE DIRECTION.
- 3. The Dog Calming Code is Totally Instinctive to Dogs. Meaning? It’s dog training that actually MAKE SENSE TO YOUR DOG! You’ll be able to communicate with your dog in a way that they will immediately understand. You’ll be speaking your dog’s language, which is the easiest, most effective way of training your dog.
4. The Dog Calming Code Builds Tolerance. Your dog will not be reacting when something exciting suddenly occurs, like a person approaching, a child playing, a squirrel running, a friend coming over for a visit, or another dog approaching. Nor will they panic or become aggressive when someone approaches their food. These things will be far less likely to set your dog off.
5. The result of The Dog Calming Code is a Calm Dog. Soon after putting The Dog Calming Code in place, you’ll notice that your dog is generally far calmer. That’s because your dog is now focused, watching and listening to YOU. He’ll be able to switch off, not be so alert and anxious, and be much calmer and HAPPIER about life. This stops your dog from being aggressive around food.
Stop Dog Resource Guarding
Doggy Dan has a helpful blog post called, 5 Ways to Overcome Resource Guarding, which provides effective tips on understanding the cause of dog resource guarding and how you can fix it. It was written as part of his rescue dog series, but the information pertains to any dog with food aggression. You can access it here.
Here’s a short video from Doggy Dan showing you how to deal with food aggression safely until you get it solved:
My Little Tazzie
I have a bit of personal experience with dog food aggression. Several years ago, I adopted a miniature Dachshund named Taz. That’s her in the picture. She was well into adulthood when I adopted her and I had her for six and a half years. She was one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever owned!
I remember when I arrived at the dog shelter to pick her up, there were well over a dozen dogs running around the shelter. You could see little Taz felt a bit intimidated and outnumbered.
She settled into my home quite quickly and I didn’t have any behavioral issues with her until one of my cats would come anywhere NEAR her food. She was downright aggressive about food. She repeatedly scarfed up all the food from the cats’ dishes. She’d eat her own food so ridiculously fast that she’d often choke a bit. And once, when I’d purchased one of those enormous bags of dog food, she sat next to the bag in the kitchen GUARDING IT ALL NIGHT!
My heart breaks when I think about this, because I think that perhaps the reason she was aggressive around food was because she’d spent time in that shelter. It was a “dog eat dog” environment where she may have had to fight other dogs for her share of the food, or perhaps actually missed out on eating completely if she couldn’t hold her own. Seriously. Can you imagine?
Doggy Dan’s training techniques will help you teach your dog to overcome food aggression. And in the meantime, your learning how to communicate with your dog will create a super loving bond between the two of you, and your dog will happily obey you. Always.
Who is Doggy Dan?
Doggy Dan is a Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, and the creator of the dog training website, TheOnlineDogTrainer.com. The site has more than 300 videos where you get to see Doggy Dan working with dogs and their owners. He offers a $1 three-day trial to the website and a monthly membership for $37. It’s been my #1 recommendation for dog training for more than seven years because it is effective and affordable. You can read my full review here.
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2 thoughts on “Dog Food Aggression Training”
Hi Debra, this article speaks to me as my dog who is 15 years old has had food aggression his entire life! I mean even with me I need to make sure that his bowl is completely empty and that he has walked away from it before I can even pick it up! He was a rescue from a pitbull ring and was used as a bait dog. So I can’t entirely blame him for how he is!
I wonder if the Dog Calming Code would still work for him at this age?
Thank you for sharing!
Jenny, I could CRY when I hear these stories about these poor dogs in such horrible conditions. I’m glad your little sweetie was rescued by you! Yes, this would definitely help your dog. Doggy Dan says taking the steps included in this training with your dog is one of the most loving things you’ll ever do for your dog. When you go to The Dog Calming Code and read how he describes it, you’ll probably wish you had this years ago LOL And I’d love to see your dog be relieved of this, for however long you have him. Aggression, in any form, is just as stressful and upsetting for the dog as it is for us to see it. If you try this, please come back and tell me the result! You can comment here on this post or email me at Debra@PeopleLovingAnimals.com. Regardless, give your pittie a hug and a kiss from me!