I just got a new dog yesterday. This is my 2nd dog. She's a golden retrieverchow chow mix at 7 months old. The owner had to move apartments and the new apartment didn't allow pets so I volunteered to take in the dog since I was thinking of getting another dog anyways.
She thankfully goes well with my other 1 year old male labrador mix. They play with each other all the time and they like each other so there's no problem there. However, I am always worried that they might suddenly get too overexcited and fight. Should I let them playfully bite each other and let them play? I always try to break it off whenever I can.
Also, she's not spayed yet and I'm not sure if I should have her spayed. She's a chow chow mix after all and I've read things about Chow Chows more like negative things than positive things regarding their temperament. But I'm hoping that the Golden Retriever in her was the more dominate one. My other labrador dog was neutered already so I don't have to worry about them making babies.
My main problem lies in that she's kind of possessive with her food. I mean she's not possessive when I'm the one near her. I could even take away the food or even put my hand into the food and she will just ignore me while she eats. The problem comes when my dog tries to get near the food. She's fine as long as my dog doesn't try to take food. But she snaps at him when he tries to get inside the bowl.
Now, what I do in this situation, which happened 2 times so far under my own supervision is that I take away the food from her and then, tell her "No! Bad Girl", then I put her in the cage for a "time-out" which was a trick I learned on TV on training dogs without hurting them. My question is, am I doing the right thing? I know I could just stop my other dog from getting in her food but I'd like to be able, if I have the chance, to train out the behavior of her when it comes to food while she's still a puppy. Am I doing things right or am I just making it worse? Of course, I supervise it when my other dog tries to get food from her making sure no one gets hurt in the process.
Again, she's not aggressive when I'm trying to take her food, she just gets aggressive when my dog tries to do it. Any helpful advice and suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day!
Its normal behaviour for a dog to guard his food from another dog trying to steal it. They wouldnt of survived if they didnt. I think scolding your dog and taking his food away can make your dog want to want to guard his food even more (and teach him to guard his food from you)
I feed mine seperatly. Everyones eats in peace with no stress.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking when I was doing that. I only did it 2 times so far, the first one was an accident and 2nd one was kind of an experiment to see if she learned her lesson. But of course, both occassions were that she already finished all of the food in her bowl. My other dog just went in there to see if there's more.
That's also why I posted here about it to see what everyone else think.
I wasn't sure if this was a bad behavior as I really want my dogs to get along in all ways so that if I leave them with someone else when I have to go out of town, I wouldn't have the problem of having the care taker separate them during meal time. Since they're both trying to get each other's food. My old dog, the labrador doesn't mind at all when she tries to get into his food. I need to know more from a lot of people about what they think of this behavior if I should just let it be or try to train it out of her.
What about their playfully biting each other? Should I just let it be? Or should I stop it?
With the biting while play; That is how dogs play and test boundries. If they get too rough split them up. My dog and my cat play all the time and my dog is 6 times larger than my cat. If they get too rough i split them up say the word "calm" and they behave. Most of the time my cat doesn't really listen and she initiates the play time again. He gets put into the bedroom where he sleeps at that point for about 5-10 minutes or until he decides he wants out to roam.