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puppy food aggression; help please!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Foluwa, May 26, 2020.

  1. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    Dogs DO just swallow their food, if it's in small enough pieces.
    And hiccups is normal for puppies, however fast or slow they eat.
    If the breeder fed then from a communal bowl, that can start food guarding issues off, as they have to compete for their share.
    O2.0, Lurcherlad and Linda Weasel like this.
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    @Foluwa It's fine to want them to be comfortable with you being around their food, but taking it away will have the opposite effect.

    If you really do want to do something around that, first leave him to eat in peace for several weeks so he is completely confident with his food not being taken. Then, when he is eating, drop something even better than his food near his bowl - like a couple of pieces of roast chicken or frankfurter sausage. If he is ok with that, drop them in his bowl.

    That associates your being near his food as a good positive thing, and will be far more likely to have him feel comfortable with people nearby when he is eating.
  3. Labradoodledoo

    Labradoodledoo PetForums Junior

    Mar 30, 2020
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    I have a 17 week old pup, so by no means an experienced owner. My pup didn’t like her bowl and now has a snuffle mat. She loves it and it takes her much longer to eat and she seems to enjoy her food more. Maybe you could try one of those?
    Also, as a new owner, I’ve found loads of useful advice searching in the forums on here. There is nothing that hasn’t been asked already!
    caterpiller likes this.
  4. Foluwa

    Foluwa PetForums Newbie

    Apr 16, 2020
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    Thank you all! :) you’ve been ever so helpful
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