Hi, i just brought a 14 week dachshund into my home. I have 2 other dogs, a 6 year old F doxie and a 2 year old F australian sheperd mix. I wanted to know what peoples thoughts were on my new pups aggresive tendencies. He gave a slight growl at me when i touched him around his food but I gave him a stern NO and he hasnt done it since. But i am having problems with him growling at my other dogs when they approach him when he eats. i have been corrrecting him with a stern no and holding him when he does it. is this the correct way to handle this? Also when he is in my lap he has had a tendency to growl and somewhat lunge at my other doxie if she decided to jump up on me also. thanks!
Food guarding is mainly a natural behavior, with other dogs and towards us. A really good puppy class will talk about exercises to do everyday to convince them that there is no reason to protect their food. The wrong thing to do is use punishments or corrections to increase the tension that they already have around the food bowl. Basically you have till 16 weeks to get this at least started on.After the 16 weeks the learning curve is slowing down. Start with getting into a puppy class, start hand feeding, offering special treats in the bowl while eating. There is an exercise where you are giveing and taking treats and toys continuously, this gets the pup used to giveing things up and receiveing. There isn't a whole lot we can do when it comes to the other dogs comeing close. Isolate him while eating, so he never feels the need to protect his food.
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I would seperate them when you feed them and let him eat alone. I always fed my male schnauzer by himself and the two females eat together. I had a doxie several yrs. ago. He was a mini and if I were you I would get training for him as soon as possible. Mine got worse as he grew older and finally when he got old he was almost impossible to handle. It really got bad and I got bit several times. Hope things work out for you and he is young enough that some training will really help him. Good luck.