We have a very well behavied Rottweiler. She is only 11 months old. We have trained her and socialized her over the past year. When she is given a bone, our other dog Max(English Springer Spaniel) can not go anywhere near her without her growling or possibly snapping at him. Even if WE go near her when she has a bone, she will growl. When she does growl at us, we only get closer to her. This way she knows growling will not make us back up (which is what she probably wants), but will make us get even closer to her. She has never snapped at us, and I do not believe she ever will. In addition, if she growls at us when she has a bone, we immediatly take her bone away. When she stops growling we will give it back or make her chew on it while we are holding the other end. When she was a puppy (3 months old) we would pet her, stick our hands in her feeding bowl, and always have the other dog around when she was eating, to deter any sort of food aggression in the future. Will this type of training work? If not what are the best training tips for these situations? Where did we ever go wrong?
I do not think the dog is going to make the connection with your training. and the one thing I really think is a problem is taking the bone away. THe dog is stressed already about it. this may exhasterbate the problem. trying getting 2 bones and trading. and just teach the dog giving things up, just leads to more good things.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
The behaviors you are describing are normal, and some of the things you are doing are ok. If you want to work on the food bowl, simply start hand feeding her, with her bowl, and put really good things in the bowl when she still got a few kibbles in the bowl. So everytime you come close to the food bowl, something good happens. The bone, simply by offering something she likes better, and then offer back the bone, will get the dog used to giveing and receiveing.Never just take the bone away, this will tell the dog that there is something to guard.
max and simone i had this same problem with my 3 month old mix puppy she was fine with everything except bones...someone told me about nilf and i looked into it and we did it and with 2wks her aggression was gone. the trading option works wonders i highly reccomend that as well. i will post you my post about my aggression probs and the link to nilf is in there. I have learned the hard way please do not take her bone away from her everyone is very right when they say it stresses her out. until she is better give her a bone outside or int he basement or her crate if she has one. instinct is just to protect this bone it is normal for all dogs who react this way. try nilf i think you will like the results.I loved them