My fiance and i just adopted a pointer mix Maggie. She showed some agression towards her food when one our cats went up to her food bowl. She wasnt eating or anything. She just started to growl when Bailey went to sniff at her food bowl. She hasn't showed any agression when one of us goes to her food bowl. Just the cat, how can we break her from this? Thanks to all!
I wouldn't really consider this "aggression". It's pretty much normal behavior. Maggie has no food aggression at all. In fact, her food can sit in her bowl for hours, and she won't touch it. But if one of the cats walks over and starts eating it, she will go to her dish and just hover, trying to look threatening! If that doesn't work, she will growl at the cat. Cat leaves-Maggie eats her food.
If you're concerned about it, just keep the dog separate from the cat when he is eating-problem solved. Don't tempt fate if you're not 100% sure the dog won't actually bite.
http://www.k9deb.com/nilif you may wanna check out this website just incase of future incedents if she shows any towards people...some dogs just aren't keen on cats. I had a dog i had to feed in the shed (connected to our house) because the animals couldn't get near his dish..this worked great. good luck
The cat probly mostly ignores the dog, so I'm guessing not much comes from it.Its a normal canine reaction to guard food from other species, and his own.If you wanted to try to to change the situation, you can change the association between the cat and his food by offering food only when the cat is around, dropping special food items in the bowl only when the cat is present.In the beginning the dog would just guard it, but in time would start to see the cat as something good to have in the room.:)