Dog Training: Effective Dog Training Tips For Food Aggressive Pets

From the desk of Sharda Baker.



Hi and welcome everyone!

This is Sharda again with dog training newsletter for you.

As dog owners we tend to treat our pets as part of the family, we buy them the best foods, make sure they are well groomed and ensure that they see the local veterinarian every once in a while to keep them happy healthy pets.

Spoiling your animal companion is all well and good as long as they have had adequate obedience dog training and are aware of your limits or their place within the household.

One particular behavioral issue found in many dog breeds these days is ‘food aggression’, usually seen in packs of dogs when one individual wants to assert his/her self as the leader.

Food aggression is marked by sudden fits of teeth showing, snarling and a need to dominate all the meals; it may sound like a simple issue but can turn into a habit forming behavior that changes your once gentle and playful pet into an uncontrollable threat.


Dog food aggression is basically due to a pet trying to assert their place within a family through being possessive over food; when your dog snarls at you during meal time he/she is telling you to back off and showing you power.

It is most commonly found in households with 2 or more other dogs or seen when a new dog is introduced into a home; it is also possible to see single pets display this type of behavior towards their owners.

No one is quite sure why dogs might suddenly show this type of aggression against their families or other dogs, but if you consider that dogs were wild animals before we domesticated them its possible that a number of hereditary instincts, such as hunting and guarding food may be built in to them.

So does my dog have canine food aggression? Well, have you tried to stroke your dog while they are eating? And has he/she reacted by growling deeply, snarling and snapping at you or going into a defensive fit?

If the answer is yes then you may need to consider certain obedience dog training techniques to help break your dog’s behavior before he/she harms someone in you home or this habit turns into uncontrolled violent behaviors.

If you’re unsure of where to start there are a lot of dog training videos and dog training online courses on the internet that take you through the basic steps of working with a dog with food aggression.



If the aggression is directed towards another dog in your house then the best way to deal with this is to separate them during feeding time and give them different feeding bowls. On the other hand if the aggressive behavior is directed towards you and other family members then you may want to try one of the many obedience dog training techniques to break this.

Usually food aggression is just one symptom of poor obedience training in pets and can be solved by following a few tried and tested techniques. If you’re feeling a little under confident about your abilities there are a number of dog training schools that offer excellent dog training classes geared towards the basics of obedience for dogs.

The worse thing you can do is ignore the problem this only strengthens the dog’s belief that he/she is in charge and the behavior will inevitably spread.

Here are 3 tried and tested dog training methods that have been used by professional dog training experts to keep a pets aggression under control.

  • Technique #1 – Separate your dogs meal into several smaller portions and feed them one by one; each time your pet finishes wait till he/she looks up at you before serving the next one, this helps to remind your dog who is giving them the food. Try lightly stroking your do each time you put down the bowl, this should help to increase the trust ad bond between the two of you.
  • Technique #2 – Keep a handful of those extra tasty treats that your dog likes so much and occasionally throw one into their food bowl during meal times; if you don’t have these on hand check one of the many online pet supplies stores for a wide choice of treats. This gives them a positive memory of meal time and connects you with their food in a good way. You can combine this with clicker dog training and use a clicker each time your dog accepts the food without growling followed by a treat; after some time your dog will stop growling each time you click the clicker.
  • Technique #3 – Feed your dog by hand; if your dog is getting possessive over the container that the food is in then you become the container instead. This will take some getting used to, but once you have them eating out of your hand then you can reintroduce the food bowl by dropping the food from your hand back into the bowl. Again this action gradually gets him/her used to your presence during meal times and forms a positive trusting connection between you and the food putting a stop to their aggressive behavior for good.

I hope that you have learned something from this newsletter.

All the best and take care