Food Aggression or Guarding How To Stop It
I’ve mentioned before the disappointment, I have with certain types of canine behavior modification techniques, that are taught by not only your local animal training people. But by some of the most respected animal behaviorists in the dog training world that have written numerous books and /or scientific papers on the subject.
If you have a dog that gets nasty when you come around his food or things. You will most likely be taught by these highly respected “animal” professionals to, (1) use some kind of doggie Prozac, (2) Start teaching your dog “No free lunch” or some type of “Nothing in life is free” program, and you will probably be instructed to reduce your dogs protein levels while increasing the fiber content.
To the human mind this somehow all makes sense. But rest assured this makes absolutely no-sense to the animal that it’s suppose to make sense to, Your Dog.
A dogs thought process is extremely simple. If there was a way to comparatively test a dogs mind to a two year old child’s mind, you would find that the child’s intelligence would be like Einstein’s compared to the dogs Forrest Gump. This is not a bad thing, it’s just the way it is.
So we as animal trainers who specialize in the dogs mind, and more importantly modifying the less desirable inherited behaviors that all breeds of dog are capable of displaying. Should get back to a more fundamental understanding of how dogs think, so we can teach our clients in a more effective and simpler manner.
Most of us have heard that old adage K.I.S.S. , Keep It Simple Stupid. We have to stop making this ( dog training or behavior modification) harder than it has to be, just so we can sound important and smart.
There is no better way to show you how simple this stuff is, than by watching animals teach it themselves.
What you are going to see is a dog being food possessive with the goat. You will notice the dog gets away with the guarding behavior a couple of times, before the goat says, “what, are you fucking kidding me”. And teaches the dog a lesson in a way that animals instinctively understand.
If the dog was displaying that protective behavior with a person, and that person backs off because they are afraid. The dog would have learned immediately, that they can boss you around and get away with it.
The Spirit Dog
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