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Hi all,

I think I've got an interesting situation. I've read a lot about food aggression, but I think my situation is a bit different.

My Irish Terrier, Simon, is about 7yo and is nearly blind. He's been developing cataracts for about 3-4 years. He can still see movement, but I would imagine that all he really see's are shadows at this point. (You can play with him, then stand still in the middle of the room, and he will display a "where'd you go?" type of behavior)

He has never really shown food aggressive behavior with HIS food. He's fed twice a day. I can literally go and take his bowl away mid feast and he'll be fine with it. But when he steals something by counter surfing, he gets extremely aggressive. When he was younger and able to see, this was not so much the case.

I have the feeling its because when we go to take the stolen item away, he really has no idea who is doing it and gets very aggressive.

The only way to get the item, short of thieving it back (easily done since he can't see) is to talk to him in a calm voice and gently pet him until he knows who it is. I'm afraid this is encouraging the behavior though and it may have made it worse over time...

Anyone have any idea how to deal with this?
 

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Well he is diabetic so we need to watch what we give him, but I get the idea. We use baby carrots for "cookies". I wonder if that's enough of an enticement to drop the stolen goods...


Thanks for the advice!
 
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