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Old 10-25-2005, 10:25 AM
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Question Food agression

Hi, I'm new here, i'm just wondering if you have any tips on calming dogs down around food, when i'm giving them their food they start to growl at eachother when most of the time they get along really well, I generally feed them in different rooms but it would be great if they could feed together

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:32 AM
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Your picture of your doggies is cute.

This is not about training or calming down. This is pure instinct for dogs to guard their food from eachother. I have 3 dogs, had 4 until recently and I always feed seperately, even though they do not seem to have much of a guarding issue...none of them. It's precaution and I also need to monitor my little chubby boy, that he doesn't get into the others' food. I recommend seperating them for meals.
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:40 AM
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I feed mine raw- talk about high value food, the raw diet definitely makes them more defensive about their dinner. The pug who is 40lbs smaller than any of them is the worst, if either of the big dogs are anywhere near them he will growl and not even eat because he's so intent on guarding his dinner. I feed them outside with about 20' between them and I monitor them until the last one is finished, no problems when it's done that way.
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:58 AM
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yeah my little one is more assertive too, i've nicknamed them scrappy and scooby lol like on scooby-doo, they used to be the same with toys but gradually they can happily play with different ones and not always want the one that the other one has like they used to , I thought I might be able to calm them down around food too, but i guess you never know when they will feel they have to protect their own food, its not too much of a problem just that i was wondering if there way a way to get over it i know my freinds with multiple dogs usually feed theirs together, but maybe they are taking a risk?
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:11 AM
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I also feed my guys seperately.
There is no need to have them eat together.
Although Shiloh is the only one to ever growl at other dogs over food or a bone.
They feel more secure having their own dining spot.
And don't overeat or eat too fast just because "another dog could get it"

I also figure if they start growling/fighting over food it might lead to other fights about other things.

I really don't have a desire for them to eat together either.
The food guarding instincts are just to natural to try to change (in my opinion of course)

Now if it were food aggression towards people, then that would be dealt with differently. But have never had that problem with any of my dogs. My kids can take the food right out of their mouths, (not that they do, just an example LOL)
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:21 AM
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Yukon eats in his crate, Hope eats in her crate and Storm eats in his crate. Always has been that way. This weekend Storm will be leaving for his new home so the other two will continue the same routine. Only thing that will be different is the smaller crate will be folded and put away. THey can stick to the big crates for eating. It is the only time they use the crates. No problems at all.

My guys are not food aggressive though they just run around checking out each others dishes if I do not seperate them.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:58 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys, i thought it might be a good idea to eliminate food agression in the dogs so that they wouldnt be agressive with other people over their food aswell, or do trained dogs always see humans as superior.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:07 PM
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Adorable dogs!!

My dogs have never really been too aggressive with their food, they allow me to stick their hand in the bowl while they're eating, take the food away, whatever I want to. I have three dogs, one eats in a crate, two eat out of the crates. Which dog eats in the crate (either my lab or my border/shepherd mix) depends on who gets inside faster LOL. They have to wait until I set the bowls down and tell them to eat their food.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:12 PM
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Dog to dog aggression is a completely different thing that dog to human aggression. Your dogs, if they see you as their leader and provider, should not worry about you taking their food. You're the one who brings it to them, after all. How to prevent that is by showing the dog from the beginning that you are no threat and that it is on account of you, that he gets to eat at all. Condition your dogs gradually to your being around their food, if you haven't already. Have them sit first before you set their bowl down and wait for your release word. Pick up the bowl and don't let them eat if they break the sit/wait. Just have them wait for a few seconds. You can toss in a yummy treat (tastier than their kibble) while they're eating. You can move their bowl over a few feet one time here and there just so they see that your touching their bowl or food doesn't mean that it's being taken from them. Put your hand in and drop a piece of cheese in there. (don't harrass them during their meal, but one time here and there will show them)

You can also play games with toys to help. Give the dog a toy and trade him for a yummy treat. "Give" means he gives you the toy and then you give him a treat. Hand him back the toy again. Make it a fun game and advance to a retrieve game. Make it rewarding and fun, showing the dog that when you take something from him, it's no threat. He's going to get it back or get an even better treat. It's a game. He learns to trust you and will have no worries about you taking his stuff.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:39 PM
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thanks Doberluv they always have to sit for their food, they don't get anything for nothing, except water which they have constant access to otherwise they do a couple of comands for each thing , they dont mind me moving their food either, i was just hoping they could be the same with eachother
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