For many dogs, feeding time is the best time of the day. Dogs that are highly food motivated enjoy food and treats and will do just about anything to get them. But that can also mean lots of behavior problems- like counter surfing, trashcan foraging, and food aggression.
If your dog struggles with feeding problems, it may take a variety of approaches and techniques to find what works for your dog. While not every technique is best for your dog, it may work well for someone else’s pup. The key is to remain patient and consistent during the training process. With enough perseverance, you can and will find what works for your dog’s unique problems.
Here are some instructional videos to get you started. While we believe in raw feeding wholeheartedly along with positive reinforcement, not everyone parents their dog like we do. Find one that aligns with your own personal beliefs and give one a try!
2. Timing is also important. For example, one of our strong-willed beagles mentioned earlier had a difficult time accepting the hierarchy of the family. We tried to teach her to respect the people and other dogs in the house. The “natural” order of things in her opinion was in contrast to what we were trying to accomplish as a family. The timing of when we fed her helped us communicate to her how she was to respect others in the home. The people are fed first then the dogs. If we fed her first, that communicated that she was in charge.
By feeding people and cats before your dog, it forces them to learn not to be food-aggressive, and allow the cats to eat or people to handle their meals. Once they do what is expected, they are to be rewarded with a tasty heaping bowl of their own favorites.
3. Food Aggression can be a serious problem. A dog who snaps, bites or attacks to “protect” their food in not safe to live with. If your dog struggles with food aggression, please keep them away from all children and pets during mealtimes for the safety of others. If you’re unable to correct food aggression in your dog, please consult a professional to get your dog help immediately.
4. If you have a counter surfer, try this approach:
5. And if you’re struggling with a trash eater, these tips can be a lifesaver. First, if your dog is known to get in the trash, be sure to never put anything that can harm your dog in the can. Onions, grapes, chocolate, broken glass, and chemicals should never go into a trash can your dog can access.
If you have any other questions or concerns with training your pup, feel free to reach out to an Earthwise Pet Associate or Pet Trainer, like Cheryl Kocher of Raise the Bar Dog Training.
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.