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    Sudden Food Aggression

    Chloe is going to be 4 this year. all the sudden she has become food aggressive with our other dane Lexi who will also be 4 this year. this is not normal.... she had dog aggression after being attacked by a beagle at a dog park. that has always been there, but i can work her in with a new dog if i work her through it- takes about 2 hrs before i can let her off leash but it can be done. and dogs that she knew before the attack shes fine with.

    anyway, shes gone after our other dog 3 times this month. they have NEVER gotten in a fight before this. i didnt know what was setting it off before- it was happening when i shut off the lights and get into bed i would hear them start on their way to the bedroom. im guessing they both found a piece of treat or something on the floor and that set it off. yesterday they were in the kitchen with their lab cousin whos a year old. they all sat for a treat. holly (the lab), then lexi, then chloe. chloe dropped hers when she was chewing it and lexi bent down to it and chloe let her have it. this is really out of the norm for her because she never did it in the past, never had any resourcing guarding issues, nothing. never been deprived of food that may cause that, nothing.

    im going to have a full blood panel ran on her (my horse vet makes out the paperwork for me and i draw the blood and drop it off myself, this way its only like $25 for me instead of $75+). and if that shows nothing then ill take her into the vet and have him give her a run over and see what he can find. or if the blood does show something i will have to take her in.... arg.... anyone else have any other ideas?
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    Re: Sudden Food Aggression

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatDaneMom View Post
    Chloe is going to be 4 this year. all the sudden she has become food aggressive with our other dane Lexi who will also be 4 this year. this is not normal.... she had dog aggression after being attacked by a beagle at a dog park. that has always been there, but i can work her in with a new dog if i work her through it- takes about 2 hrs before i can let her off leash but it can be done. and dogs that she knew before the attack shes fine with.

    anyway, shes gone after our other dog 3 times this month. they have NEVER gotten in a fight before this. i didnt know what was setting it off before- it was happening when i shut off the lights and get into bed i would hear them start on their way to the bedroom. im guessing they both found a piece of treat or something on the floor and that set it off. yesterday they were in the kitchen with their lab cousin whos a year old. they all sat for a treat. holly (the lab), then lexi, then chloe. chloe dropped hers when she was chewing it and lexi bent down to it and chloe let her have it. this is really out of the norm for her because she never did it in the past, never had any resourcing guarding issues, nothing. never been deprived of food that may cause that, nothing.

    im going to have a full blood panel ran on her (my horse vet makes out the paperwork for me and i draw the blood and drop it off myself, this way its only like $25 for me instead of $75+). and if that shows nothing then ill take her into the vet and have him give her a run over and see what he can find. or if the blood does show something i will have to take her in.... arg.... anyone else have any other ideas?
    I think you're right on having a CBC done on her, just in case. Has she done any damage to the other dog(s) during their scuffles? When you say "chloe let her have it", was it a loud roar with a lot of noise, or an actual bite? Does she resource guard from dogs AND people, or just dogs? My dogs too will defend their food/treats, but it's never gotten out of hand to the point that I had to break anything up (just some minor yapping and some PO'ed grumbling; they don't do this with people). Also, how old is Lexi?

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    Re: Sudden Food Aggression

    Quote Originally Posted by LazyGRanch713 View Post
    I think you're right on having a CBC done on her, just in case. Has she done any damage to the other dog(s) during their scuffles? When you say "chloe let her have it", was it a loud roar with a lot of noise, or an actual bite? Does she resource guard from dogs AND people, or just dogs? My dogs too will defend their food/treats, but it's never gotten out of hand to the point that I had to break anything up (just some minor yapping and some PO'ed grumbling; they don't do this with people). Also, how old is Lexi?
    both will be 4 this year. they have lived together since lexi was 5 months old (Chloe was 9 months at when we got Lexi) and i never had a problem.

    she is only guarding from Lexi (because shes not really around any other dogs) that i know of. she does not guard from people at all. if another dog steps on her when shes laying down (like sometimes holly does when shes excited and not paying attention) chloe will let out a growl to let them know to get away. i know she IS dog aggressive with dogs she doesnt know, but shes always been great with Lexi and other dogs she knew before she got attacked. when she was attacked by the way, she had punctures on her nose and both ears.

    it was definately a fight. i used to work at a dog daycare and at a shelter and have seen many fights. not the last time (because i was directly there to stop it) but the time before, Lexi took a bite to the ear. not a huge chunk or anything, but she was bleeding.
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    Re: Sudden Food Aggression

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatDaneMom View Post
    both will be 4 this year. they have lived together since lexi was 5 months old (Chloe was 9 months at when we got Lexi) and i never had a problem.

    she is only guarding from Lexi (because shes not really around any other dogs) that i know of. she does not guard from people at all. if another dog steps on her when shes laying down (like sometimes holly does when shes excited and not paying attention) chloe will let out a growl to let them know to get away. i know she IS dog aggressive with dogs she doesnt know, but shes always been great with Lexi and other dogs she knew before she got attacked. when she was attacked by the way, she had punctures on her nose and both ears.

    it was definately a fight. i used to work at a dog daycare and at a shelter and have seen many fights. not the last time (because i was directly there to stop it) but the time before, Lexi took a bite to the ear. not a huge chunk or anything, but she was bleeding.
    They're pretty close to the same age, they might be having a bit of tension. Have you talked to a trainer who would come to the house to evaluate the situation? (Dude has been stepped on quite a few times by the other dogs, and when resting he'll let out a growl when they're 5 feet away).
    When will her CBC results be done? I will be interested to see if she's all clear or not. Until then I would keep an eagle eye out and immediately put a stop to any and all "looks". (Ever seen kids who hover their finger 2 inches away from another kid, and the original kid will keep shouting "IM NOT TOUCHING YOU! IM NOT TOUCHING YOU!" until the other kid freaks? Dogs do the same thing )

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    Re: Sudden Food Aggression

    i am a trainer, and thats why im starting with health problems. i have been watching them when im not at work, and all is normal. no looks, taunting, nothing. they lay together and clean each other, etc. no tention between them. this is only happening over food. so im figuring this really needs to have to something to do health wise with chloe because at 4yrs old shes just suddenly started guarding treats.

    the blood is getting drawn today and i should have the report back hopefully tomorrow, if not the day after.....
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    Re: Sudden Food Aggression

    Good on you for checking her health first. RG is often based in anxiety/stress and can be related to thyroid dysfunction so be sure to have a full thyroid panel done as well.

    Let us know how it goes.
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    Sudden Food Aggression UPDATE

    we had bloodwork done. everything came back normal. everything from cholesterol to kindeys, etc. after these results we are beginning to think its arthritis/old age setting in with her causing it. i knew she was going to age faster.... but.... well i was trying not to believe it....
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