hi my chow/rott is very food aggressive when we feed her and we go to give her more she'll start growling and go to bite. if we get close to her while she's eating or walk by her she bites then let go but if we move while she's still eating she'll bite again. she almost killed my cat over food. if anyone knows how to break this behavor let me know!?
I posted this for someone else in another thread who was having the same problem. If you are having food aggression problems such as your dog growling when eating try hand feeding him many times a day using his dog food as a reward in training. When its time to feed him do not test him or push him to the limit by taking his food. By doing that your telling him that he is correct in having to guard his food from you. Drop some of his favorite treats in his bowl while he's eating. This way he will see you as a positive intruder upon his food instead of a food thief. Also while he is eating do things around him like cleaning, putting things away, etc. Let him see you move around him without him having to worry about his food being taken away.
I think you should first take your dog to obedience training. Your dog guarding his food is another way to show that he/she is the alpha dog in your househould. The alpha always eats first and gets the food first. You need to teach your dog the 'sit' command and the 'leave it' commands. Never never feed your dog before you eat, always after. Don't let your dog up on furniture, outside before you go out, etc. All these things reinforce the dogs belief that it is dominant. All treats to your dog must come from your hand, not from the floor. Have a friend or family member sit down with your dog on a leash to keep it under control, and while you sit down on the floor with a bag of food or bowl of food behind you. Literally feed the dog by hand, kibble by kibble. The person with the leash will pull the dog back if it lunges foward at the food. Do this for about a week. Then bring the bowl into it. Hold the food dish on your lap, offer her food over the dish by hand, again kibble by kibble. Give it a few days, feed her by hand still, but dribble a few pieces of food into the food dish every now and then, again, with the other person keeping the dog under control. Always add more food when the food is gone, don't take away. It may take time but it will help.
If your dog growls and tries to bite anyone who happens to stand to close to his food bowl, there is no denying that you have got a dog with a food aggression problem. Earlier, I was on another disscussion board, where someone asked about an 11 month old Cairn Terrier that had just recently started dissplaying food aggression. She said that the dog only gets aggressive when given her food bowl. She wanted to know what the best method to stop that behavior is. It is important to understnad that food aggression is a dominance behavior. In his mind he is correcting the owner for going near HIS food. This is not, and should not be confused with fear induced aggression. The dog is not afraid of the owner. Rather, he is correcting the owner for coming too close.
When I saw Chow cross I was not surprised.Chows are a very dominant breed.Obediance classes, a must.First the dog bowl/eating issue.When you have a bowl of food left out for a dog to eat the dog decides when he will eat and that the floor is responsible for his meals and not you.Only the Alpha dog is in charge and that should be you.Never leave his food bowls down all day.Sit on the floor with the food bowl in your hands, up a bit from the dog so he can't just start eating.start giving him kibbles from the bowl and reward him with praise while he eats.Make him sit for each kibble.Use special treats like chicken.eventually lower the bowl a bit so he can barely get his nose in there and praise for no bad behaviour.In his mind your hands in his bowl I get fresh chicken and treats.After a while you can start to put the bowl down on the floor (he has to sit first) still adding chicken and treats.Never leave the bowl down longer than 10 minutes.If he walks away from the bowl, hes really just saying "I'm responsible for My own meals and it will be there when I'm ready to eat"If he walks away from the bowl pick the bowl up and put it away and try again later.If it is me I put it away till the next day so I will be sure fido will be hungry by tomorrow.Don't give in!!!!!!!