The short answer to why your dog is guarding her food is that
it values its food and doesn’t want anyone else to eat it. The
longer, more complicated, answer has to do with your dog’s
overall demeanor and your behavior.

In extreme
cases, some dogs may actually attempt to bite anyone who attempts to
approach them during mealtimes. Most dogs that exhibit food-guarding
will show less obvious “symptoms,” such as body
language that indicates stress, wolfing down food not just out of
hunger, and subtle to not-so-subtle growling. Such dogs tend toward
defensive or aggressive behaviors, which owners can often
control.

One thing you don’t want to
do is to remove your dog’s bowl while your pet is still
eating, according to Linda Case, author of Canine and Feline
Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best
Friends.
Doing this teaches your dog that you are, at least
in that moment, an adversary, so it may resort to defensive tactics.
Along the same lines, if you punish your dog for food guarding, it will
also potentially see you as an enemy.

Train
your dog to sit and stay before you offer food. Case advises that you
feed your dog two to three times a day in a secure location, such as in a
room with the door closed or within a gated corner. After it has
finished its meal, let your dog out to do its business. At this time,
remove the food bowl. You can follow the same procedure if you have a
multi-dog household, feeding each dog separately. Reinforcing these
nondestructive behaviors should help to resolve most mild cases of
food-guarding.

Article written by Author: The Dog Daily Expert

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