Dog food aggression can kick in at any time and if it’s not
managed sooner or later someone is going to get hurt.
Learn how to prevent food aggression in dogs and keep meal times relaxed, enjoyable, and above all,
At first, a growling puppy guarding his food may look and sound a little cute, and a nip from puppy teeth, whilst they're sharp and may hurt, they probably won't do a lot of damage.
However, a bite from an adult dog is a different matter altogether.
That's why it's important to make sure dog food aggression never rears its ugly head in the first place.
So, even if your puppy isn't showing any signs of food or resource guarding, I recommend you read the follow advice as it will help to stop this form of dog aggression from arising in the first place.
However, if your Cocker Spaniel is already showing signs of food aggression, you can learn how to remedy it here.
To help prevent food aggression happening in the first place there are a few simple steps you can take, as follows:
Important Note: Never pet an animal that is already showing signs of dog food aggression. It could prove to be very dangerous and you may be injured.
The above pointers should help to get your puppy used to
having you around at meal times. It will also teach him that his meals comes
from you; you do not take them away from him.
Your aim is to have your Cocker understand and accept that you are the alpha male (not him) and to help reassure him that you aren't a threat to his food; you're not going to steal it from him!
The outcome should be that your boy doesn't feel in any way threatened when you or another member of your family approaches him while he's feeding; he should view your approach (and presence) as a pleasant and desirable experience.
Important Note: If your Cocker begins to display signs of dog food aggression, (or any other type of aggressive dog behaviour) it's always best to consult a canine behavioural therapist.
If you'd like to learn more about food aggression, the causes, signs to look for, and three ways to fix food aggression in dogs simply follow this link.
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