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Food Aggression Question

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I have a 2 Year old Male lab mix that I from a shelter Back when he was 1 year. He was very scrawny and came from a situation where he had to fight other dogs if he wanted to get a proper meal. Hes is very sweet and shy. Hes comes leaps and bounds from when we first got him and he is great with other dogs and even cats.

My dog has no food aggression what so ever towards people. I can reach down and take his food away and he will just back away. But we recently adpoted a kitten. She was 8 weeks when we got her and nows shes 4 months and her and my dog get along famously. Even sleep together.

Getting to my actually question.

My cat is still very curious and wanted to know what the dog was doing when hes eating the cat went up and sniffed his bowl. And my dog growled as a warning and when she got to close barked at her and growled and snipped trying to get her away. After this incident i put the cat in the bedroom while feeding the dog. Or i feed the dog in his kennel if the cat is sleeping.

I know some way of training a dog to be ok with humans and food like a fake hand to simulate someone taking their food and slowly work with them. I have tried using a stuffed cat as the same kind of thing but my dog knows its not a real cat. Hes a acutally afraid of it.

So my question is has anyone else had problems with this and what is a good way to help him understand that he doesnt have to fight for his food anymore without putting my cat or my dog in danger?
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My Shiba would seek out the other two dogs when I was preparing his food, before it was even given to him, and would attack them viciously. He was very violent, and on occasion, redirected onto me when I was trying to get him away from them.
I started feeding him in my room with the door closed. I tied his leash to my desk so he couldn't reach the door, or he'd dig at it like mad. Then I'd stand there and wait for him to calm down before he got his food. Once he was calm, didn't have to be sitting but that was nice, he got the food. Once he started eating, I did not touch it and let him finish. I though that part was important, that once the food was his, it was HIS, and nobody, not even me, was going to take it from him.
I also did this while feeding the other two. Whenever it was time for the Girls to be fed, Conker was put into my room with the door closed.
It took months for him to get over his food aggression. I just had to be very patient with him and only give him food when he was no longer growling, or showing teeth. Now he can eat with the door open, or right beside the Girls, but don't do that since I would rather not push him. He is fine with the door leaning closed but not closed fully now and shows no signs of aggression anymore. For him, separation from other dogs is best while eating.
I do not leave food down, since one dog will get fat, and another will have nasty digestive reactions. They get 10-15 minutes to eat the food, and if they don't, it gets picked up and put away.

I will say this, though. I do allow my dogs to give a growl when another gets too close to their food bowl. I don't want my dogs to share from their bowls, since each dog eats a different amount/different food, so I can't have that. A little bit of protection is fine, but outright attacks are not.
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