Dogs Can Get Aggressive About Food
28 November, 2011

There are many different types of dogs and some act more aggressively than others.  If your dog happens to be the aggressive type, this article can be very informative.  Of course, it applies to all dogs but the non-aggressive type usually won’t take issue over food.

Dogs can show aggression in many different ways. One type of aggression is food aggression where the dog charges, attacks or growls. This can happen when food is provided or when someone comes close to the dog when it is eating or around food. This type of behavior can usually be changed with behavior modification through dog training.


Dogs have a pack attitude where the pets and people in lives must have clear, defined roles. In a household, someone has to be the leader and others are subordinate. The dog’s owner must make it clear to the dog that he or she is the leader and the dog is the subordinate. In some cases, a dog may have been neglected by their previous owners. Food may have been withheld or abuse may have occurred during meal times. Dogs need a sense of safety, security and stability to know that their needs will be fulfilled without the threat of injury.

Don’t touch my food!


Dogs should not always feel that they are entitled to their food. They should sometimes have to work for it.  Teach your dog the two simple commands of Sit and Stay.  Make sure to prepare the food and have it ready for the dog. Make the dog sit and then stay for a few seconds before allowing them access to the food. If these two commands are not followed, the dog should have to wait for their food. These commands can be strengthened by using them during play time and with toys. The dog will quickly learn that you are in command of all things and that they will eat only with your permission.

Teaching your dog that you are in control may seem like abuse to some pet owners. This is not abuse unless it is coupled with negative verbal exchanges or physical injuries. At no time during training should you injure or yell at the dog. You must also realize that once the dog has access to the food, it is their food.


You should pay attention to a dog’s physical and verbal cues before trying to approach one that is eating. Spend time in the dog’s area while eating and slowly come closer and closer as the dog becomes more familiar and accepting of your presence. Eventually you should be able to touch and move the dog’s food using patience and positive reinforcement.

These tips are not for you to restrict your dog, but for them to know that you are the boss!  It is not so much a control issue as much as a simpler way to train your beloved dog. Build a pet profile today!

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