Hello, I have a question about a dog that belongs to some friends. He is an adult, and while I've known him since he was a pup, I have never lived with him. I have a question about aggression.
I realize that dogs can get highly aggressive around their food. If you try to pet or interact with a dog while they are eating, it is likely that you will be bitten. My question is tangential to this.
The dog in question sometimes decides that food humans are touching belongs to him, and will emit low growls to try to intimidate the food from you. He has never attacked anyone for their food, but when he was growling for food the other night, someone brushed past him and he bit. He only got their pants and a tiny bit of skin, but he was 100% unrepentant afterward, and went back to demanding the food. He is 3.5 years old at this point, so well past being a pup. He is not my dog, and he has no respect for anyone other than his owner. I am no longer willing to do even basic tasks for him like putting him on/off his yard leash, take him by the collar, or interact with him much, as he can become aggressive when anyone other than his owners exhibits any control of him. I no longer feel comfortable even feeding him, as he he growls at me to go faster when I am getting his food. He is a malamute, and quite large, so I am unsure of what to do, but if he were to bit/attack me, he could do very serious harm.
I am very close friends with these folks, but the dog makes me feel unsafe, and I am looking for advice. Thank you to anyone in advance that has ideas.