Posted 23rd Sep 2016
As some owners will almost certainly be able to vouch, certain dogs will get very possessive when they are around food or bones. However, if your dog's still young, it will not be too late to teach them good habits. To help, Forthglade have come up with the following strategies which will work well here:
1. Don't interrupt your dog during meals by lifting its bowl away - this can cause a sense of protectiveness over food in the future.
2. Keep your dog relaxed when eating in your presence by adding tasty scraps to its meal while they're eating.
3. Once you're happy that the dog is relaxed in your presence and that it understands basic obedience, give a 'sit and wait' command mid-meal before adding a mouth-watering addition to its bowl before releasing it to eat again.
Using food in training
Food is a simple yet effective method to distract and reward your dog. It works in three ways - gaining its attention, keeping its attention, then rewarding. You can do this by:
1. Sharpen and reward the recall process by offering a well-timed reward when your dog returns promptly to your call.
2. Distract your dog from something that frightens it, such as passing dogs, traffic or domestic machines. Put the dog on the lead for basic control, then start to gradually introduce the item that it fears, rewarding calm behaviour with food.
3. From puppy hood it can be important to teach your dog to sit when greeted and to not jump up. A simple way to do this is to place your dog in the sitting position with four feet on the ground. If this order is obediently followed, you can offer food in reward.
Tips courtesy of Forthglade