Feeding tips for dogs who protect their food.

Feeding a dog who guards his food can be dangerous. You can get bitten and you can even make the guarding behavior worse without even realizing it. There is however a safer way to do it so that both you and your dog have a positive experience, which can actually help diminish the behavior over time and improve things.

Why do dogs guard their food?

Dogs guard food (and other things like toys, people, etc.) because their instinct is telling them they need to protect their resources in order to survive. Wild animals guard things to survive, and while your domestic house pet is far from wild, they still have the ability to be a guarder and especially to protect themselves.

Tips for feeding your protective dog:

Regardless of the reason, dealing with a food guarding dog can be very difficult, but you can make it simpler by knowing the right tricks and processes. The following are tips that will help you with your day-to-day routine of feeding your food protective dog. Then, you can get the help of a professional positive reinforcement dog trainer to help you with his behavior.

Never tease. There are, unfortunately, videos online showing people taking food from resource guarding dogs. This is like playing Russian roulette with your hand. Don’t do it. Teasing a dog that guards his food will just make it worse. And while you may get luckily if he doesn’t bite the first time, at some point he is going to snap.

Feed separate. Don’t have your food protector in the room with you while you get everything ready, especially if you have other dogs or animals. Instead, be in a different room or have him in his kennel. This way, he can’t start protecting the food and/or you from other animals or people in the house.

Do not crate feed. While crates can be a great training tool, if you feed a food protector in his crate, he may start protecting his crate. He may even bite if you try to let him out of the crate because his food dish is in there.