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    Food Aggressive Husky

    My friend just got a husky mix, well mostly husky about 75% and the little pup (9 weeks) shows a bit of food aggression. he's going to be staying at my place a good bit so i can dog sit especially while he's in training so i want to help end this quickly before it escalates. here's the situation:

    The puppy came in and was VERY hungry. my dog went up to sniff him and maybe grab a bite of food and he growled. i then wanted to see if he was food aggressive or just weird so i went up and tried to remove the food. he growled at me and kind of snapped. later water came down and no problems there. i could take the food and my dog could drink at the same time, no problem even when the water got low.

    any ideas? do you think it was a one time thing? we're going to try hand feeding him for a little bit and see where this takes us.

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    Re: Food Aggressive Husky

    Resource guarding in a nine week old can really be a sign of problems to come...that being said, his stress levels were likely high being at a new place, with a new person and dog (yours). I would immediately look at feeding pup by himself, hand feeding a bit if you like and start adding stuff to the bowl (rather than taking it away) so that you become a harbinger of good things. STart now and head the problem off, rather than seeing how it goes. Please ensure that your friend understands just how important this is, maybe order a copy of "MINE" by Jean Donaldson...
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    Re: Food Aggressive Husky

    Interesting. First, is the dog getting enough to eat? Also, feed the puppy a few times per day so he doesn't think this is the "only meal" he's going to get for the day.
    Make sure your dog is not initmidating the new pup by giving them their own space for their dishes.
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    Re: Food Aggressive Husky

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    Resource guarding in a nine week old can really be a sign of problems to come...that being said, his stress levels were likely high being at a new place, with a new person and dog (yours). I would immediately look at feeding pup by himself, hand feeding a bit if you like and start adding stuff to the bowl (rather than taking it away) so that you become a harbinger of good things. STart now and head the problem off, rather than seeing how it goes. Please ensure that your friend understands just how important this is, maybe order a copy of "MINE" by Jean Donaldson...
    I love reading your posts Cracker, you always say exactly whats on my mind...
    Dude went through a really nasty resource guarding phase as a teen/young adult. Not just growling and snapping, but he'd literally come off the floor baring teeth if I tried to remove a coveted item (most notably RMB's). At that time I had bought into the whole "you must be dominant" stuff and would scruff shake, "back him off" his item, etc. Yeah, it worked, because I wound up with a dog who was a nerve bag who wouldn't eat if I was in the same room and would ignore bones/chewies/treats, etc. When I changed my tune and crossed over I started approaching him and chucking cheese (his favorite) towards his bowl. Not kidding, within a week he was better, and within a month I could remove anything from his mouth without any more protest than a "why are you so mean to me?" look on his face.
    The LAST thing you (the OP) wants to do is make him "back off" his food while he's eating to show you're the boss. Possession is 9/10ths of the law in the dog world (and cat world, lmao) and even a lot of mature adult dogs will let a puppy alone if the puppy has a bone or a toy. The best thing to do IMHO is to make the approaching of people during feeding time the best thing in the universe by adding something better to the bowl BEFORE he starts growling. Tag started showing signs of becoming food aggressive a few weeks ago, he never growled at me or snapped but he'd give me the "whale eye" and "punch" the bowl with his nose as he was eating. I hand fed him half his meals during training and let him eat the rest at his pwn pace, and occasionally dropped some turkey, ham, cheese, etc into the bowl. It works

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