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    Thread: Food aggression

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      I think even just the first step I would feel confident doing .like put a little bit maybe in a completely new and different bowl and then maybe waiting until she is finished and adding then gradually building on that

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nelliedog View Post
      Great tips. I usually feed her near the sink and it’s when I am standing close. She is very focused on her food and doesn’t look up from her bowl. It is a stainless steel bowl but it seems to happen when I move near her so my instinct tells me it’s guarding against me rather than a reflection. Especially as it makes sense as I am always having to take stuff out of her mouth. Interestingly she is never aggressive in that context. I can prise her mouth open and take stuff out without any aggression. But because I do that maybe she is worried I will do same with her food. I will check it out by changing her bowl though. I m grateful for the advice I can always see the reason and the logic so I do value the advice
      I would also try to limit the prying out of mouth as a general habit. Work on training a solid drop it and leave it. Work on trading up and exchanges. If we are always prying things out of a dog's mouth-taking away. Training and using commands and trading is better. So that on the odd circumstance when we DO need to grab the dog and pry something out of their mouth it's less of a big deal.

      If you start with dropping food in the bowl do read the body language (the post went over what to look for). if you are STILL getting those behaviours it means you need to step even farther back in the process.

      I do recommend the book. It has a full step by step and is cheap. you can probably even get an e-version.

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      If you are lucky she won't chew things she takes. Once I determined that mine wouldn't chew I just let them have whatever they took, a tea towel, a glove, a shoe. I did take it from them if it was dangerous to them or precious to us but mostly such items had been put out of reach. Taking things was just a bid for attention. Sometimes they were right, it was time for me to take a break and have a play. Then we'd play chase and at the end I'd ask for a give and they'd get a treat. I did teach GIVE separately.

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      We do keep most stuff out of reach but she is teething so chewing is part of that.she has plenty of bones kongs etc that I put in freezer. Over the field she picks everything up. There are always sticks that she chews even though I try and distract her with frisbee or a ball she prefers chewing a stick. I will bear that in mind though and use treats distraction rather than prise stuff out of her mouth and try training her to drop

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