Hi, Our 16 week old male bull terrier puppy is attacking our 11 months old female when food is involved. The fight seems to be very severe, although little damage is done to either dog. The little boy just flys at the female if she even looks at his good. it is making the whole family jumpy. Can anyone help. Helen.
Unfortunately there's little you can do to stop food agression between 2 dogs. Your bull terrier is protective of his food because it is a survival instinct, a dominance issue, and just because bull terriers tend to act that way about food. So do Akitas and many other breeds, I have one of those. The best thing you can do is to feed them seperately from each other but at the same time where both dogs can eat without being disturbed by the other. Give them an adequate amount of time to eat, 15 or 20 minutes or whatever. Then pick the food up off the floor and put it away so there are no fights over it and no stress among the family members about possible dog fights. If you had been free feeding, you won't be albe to do it with a food agressive dog. Instead, offer smaller portions of food 2 or 3 times aday. If they don't eat it all during the feeding period, tough noogies. Give it to them at the next feeding time.
i have 3 dogs and i have to stand right there while they eat and keep an eye on them. the pug will try to get into the others' food bowls (he finishes first) and it's a problem. i tell him "leave it" as soon as he makes a move toward the others and he stops. luckily they all gobble up their food as soon as it's there. they all eat in different parts of the kitchen.
I do not do anything, especially if there is never blood drawn. sometimes fighting looks horribewl but actually it is just a noisy argument. I guarntee you if them sort it out. The 11 mos. old will learn not to set off your dog. I disagree about it being a dominate trait. many dogs do this. it's more based in fear of losing the food, not in being dominate. very few dogs are alphla and even more true, very few dogs even vare about where they fit in the pack. not every dog on the planet is striving to be at the top. most dogs are not dominate or submissive, they are in the middle. protecting what is theres and trying to avoid conflict, working for pack unity. that is overall the purpose of a pack. not a ladder to see who can lead, but a family that helps one another.