My english bulldog, just turned 2 has shown no aggression at all... However, we have a new chihuahua mutt who everyone loves. My bulldog had no problem giving up anything until now. This morning i gave him a rib bone to chew the meat off. I take away the bone before he chews through it. Today he growled and bark. He was really agressive towards me. What should I do? Does his new friend have anything to do with it?
i also have a 2 yr old male bully. we also have a 5 month old bully as well. and i have found the same problem with the older dog. with the same type of bone! if he gets one of those bones he turns mean, like he is chewing on doggie crack or something! haha i simply do not allow those anymore.
i wish i had a better answer, maybe someone else can enlighten us :)
Maybe next time try to distract him in order to get it away from him, or try to hand feed him a few times so he gets used to your hands being around his food and mouth.
He thinks you are trying to take away his food.
When my dogs are puppies I reach my hand in the bowl often and I will even feed them a few pieces that way so they know I am mom, and I am where their sorce of food is coming from. Food aggresion is not a good thing it needs to be nipped in the bud now while he is still young, that way people and your other pets are safe from what can escalate into a potentially dangerous situation.
I agree with pope… do not tolerate any aggressive behavior… I also put my hands all over them, the food , in their mouths, while they eat. I will give food and take the food away when they are as young as possible. Eventual they will learn and just know your signals .. example : I will hold my hand flat open …when they are eating… next to their mouth and they will stop and drop what’s in their mouth … Jumping or pulling back when this aggression is shown toward you is giving control over to the dog… right away correct it. Plus if you let it go on and they eat something that you must get away from them for their safety … what do you do now??
I do think the new behavior has something to do with your new pup. One dog has no competition … now it may be a possibility. It is just up to you to introduce them and reassure and if necessary correct them …establish what is proper and what is not. Hope this helps…
Another option, when you have a dog who thinks you will take its food, is to hand feed the dog. It takes a while but you dish out the food.
The problem with just plunking a dish down is that the food comes from the air. You have to correct this by feeding the dog and forcing the dog to sit and wait for each meal and bite. This shows the dog that you are the one that brings the food and respect must be shown to you to obtain food.
Do not reassure your dog that you will take HIS food. Instead, teach your dog that food only comes FROM you.
Haveing the other dog in the house could pose a problem.But Instead of just takeing the bone out of her mouth, offer her something else in exchange, like a tasty treat. Do not punish the dog for normal behavior, this might increase the stress, and could make her more aggressive. This is her guarding her food, because your trying to take it.
***Edited By: sue on 7/6/2005 3:07:10 PM*** Reason: sbgfadf