Is This Food Aggression ; Dogs

Can this be considered food aggression, or is this dog just a moron ? And before you answer this question, take into consideration that if you tried to take this dogs rawhide away you would be bit. So what do you think this is, food aggression the good old fashioned way of saying it.  Resource guarding a more modern way of saying the same exact thing. Or has this dogs cheese slid off his cracker ?

What do you think ?

The Spirit Dog


9 Responses

  1. I dogsat a dog that would not only sit by his food for hours and growl at no one…but he would ..if given a crunchy or two…purposely drop it by me to coerce me to take it so he could attack me. This was a Min-Pin and I gave him back after being bit numerous times. It was not worth the pay I got. He really needed help. I couldn’t stand him and felt sorry for him and loved him all at the same time. I hope he got help.

  2. Al is the best and will steer you in the right direction.

    I can tell you this from my experience though. I have two dogs. Last November I switched them to an all-raw-meat and bones diet. Their reaction to getting good food for the first time in their lives was to be VERY protecive of it. After they discovered that I was going to be feeding them this way all the time they relaxed about it completely. Just think, if you had been being fed cold McBurgers and stale, rancid fries all your life and someone came in with a steak dinner, you would probably be a little protective too! Quite a natural reaction.

    I don’t want to post links on someone else’s blog without permission. But I HIGHLY recommed you do some research on what actually goes into “dog food”. Trust me, I was nauseous for a week. Real food (ie meat, bones and organs, raw, not cooked) also had the added benefit of tuning my super-hyper dog into a much calmer beastie. If I get the heads up I will share my favorite raw feeding links with you.

  3. I found your website seraching for information to help figure out what is going on with our new dog. We adopted Skeeter, a 4-5 year old 6 lb pom. He walks on a leash, sits, doesn’t jump on people, not a huge barker, gets along with other dogs AND our CATS, a few issues with potty notification but overall a good well behaved dog. We have had him a couple of months. We bonded instantly and I noticed that he has become my constant companion when I am not working and seems a little too guarding when sitting in my lap so if anyone is around, I don’t let him sit in my lap. He has snapped at me a couple of times whch surprised me. I think maybe I was trying to play and he didn’t want to. He did bring a little blood even though he is not big. The main problem is whenever he gets people food, he goes CUJO on us-like the dog in the video. This has happened a few times and last night we dropped a chicken bone and he grabbed it. We had to get it away from him because it is bad from him. He was snarling and bit my husbands shoe. We got it away from him and he calmed down but what do we do to stop this behaviour. He doesn’t do this with dog food. Also, we have never raised a hand to him but he is very fearful of brooms, flyswatters, anything that could swat at him so we are wondering if he was abused.

  4. Hi, very quickly poison proofing is what the more professionally trained guard dogs are taught. This is so bad guys or thief’s can’t throw poisoned meat or food into the yard. Well actually they would put tranquilizers in the bait, it has a much quicker reaction time as apposed to real poison which could take weeks to work.

  5. I’ve seen some people with their dogs, and I can picture what you’re saying. What is “poison proof”?

    Do you then work on this as its own thing (give the dog food and then practice being bossy) or does it go away just through the other work you do with the dog?


  6. Morning Adrienne,

    In some dogs the resource guarding goes away quickly, in some it will take a little extra effort then there are some dogs that will continue to display a degree of the behavior forever.
    In some dogs once you relax them they are fine, the more difficult dogs will only walk away from their food or object if you are the big dog.
    If you’re helping clients with a dog that tends to be on the more aggressive side while guarding, know that there are some people that are incapable of becoming a good enough boss in these circumstances. In this case you will have to poison proof the dog for them.

    Alan Papszycki

  7. Uh huh. Nervous, makes sense. REALLY nervous in this case. 🙂

    When you say “deal with” do you mean “get the dog over it”? Or “get the food from the maniacly nervous dog”? Would it be correct to assume that this behaviour goes away after the dog gains more confidence?

    My Emma will snarl at me and I just tell her, “Hey! or Oi!” And/or give her a poke. ( I think I usually throw my weight into my shoulders too, if that makes sense. Square them up.) And I mean in a bossy way. Then she’s like, “Oop! Ok, take it then.”

  8. Hello again Adrienne,

    Usually the dogs that are the most demonstrative with protecting their stuff (resource guarding) , are the most nervous dogs. The unique dog is the video shows exactly what they are afraid of, somebody trying to take their stuff. This particular dog and there are many other idiots like him, will often attempt to guard their things from a phantom threat, or a threat that only really exists in their mind. Out of all the dogs we have here at the sanctuary, 7 morons will display similar guarding behaviors when no other dog is even paying attention to them.

    This is also a relatively easy thing to deal with as long as you have some attitude.

  9. Well, I’d say the cheese done slid off the cracker. Either that or this is the boredest dog I’ve ever seen and he has found a novel way to amuse himself.

    What is your experience/take on “resource guarding” then?


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