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That can often result in injuries to other pets and humans...
What is the cause of this behavior?
Well, it can often be found in dogs who've been rescued and have suffered neglect, or it can often show up in dogs that haven't had the proper training foundation in place.
Keep reading to learn what you can do to make sure your dog doesn't develop this dangerous behavior.
What Is Food Aggression?
Food aggression is simply the dog aggressively lashing out toward a human or another animal when food is present.
Other characteristics of food aggression can include the following:
Growling if you or another animal gets too close to your dog’s food bowl.
Stalking you for food.
Lashing out at humans or other dogs and biting, or attacking if they come between the dog and their food.
Guarding their food - even when they are not eating it.
Dogs with Food Aggression will show various levels of behavioral issues - from growling to biting but all should be taken very seriously.
What Causes Dogs To Have Food Aggression?
As previously mentioned, rescue dogs can often suffer from this behavioural problem... due to the past neglect they have suffered.
The reason: dogs who have been neglected have to fight to survive.
It's sad, but you can't blame the dog for this, if a "fight or die " instinct has been triggered, the dog will do almost anything to make sure they don't lose out on their next meal.
I'm sure the same would apply to humans, if your family was starving and food suddenly appeared on the street, and there were other humans trying to take it away from your family, you would try your best to keep it.
But, there is another little understood but very common reason why a dog might become aggressive towards his food and that is because he thinks he is in charge, he thinks he is the leader of the pack.
The more your dog thinks he is the boss, the more he will think that he controls his food as well. Quite often he will want to eat before anyone else, including you!
This goes back to wild dog packs, and it still exists in wolf packs to this day.
The strongest wolves would be the boss, saying who will eat what and when they will eat. They will usually eat first and feed their young first.
Think about when humans eat at the dinner table, if they have guests they always serve the "visitors" first, because our table manners dictate that the visitor is important and should be fed first.
But dogs think differently to us, the dog with Food Aggression won't like anyone getting in the way of him and his food.
How to Fix Dangerous Food Aggression Behaviors
If you have small children or other pets, you must address the serious issue of Food aggression in your home... I'm going to give you a few techniques to teach your dog to relax at meal time and so that they don't feel the need to vigorously protect their meals.
Technique Number 1- Stick to a Feeding Schedule
Having a routine is very important to dogs especially if they have just been rescued and have suffered neglect.
Dogs are incredibly smart, so they are able to tune in on patterns.
Dogs generally know what time to go out in the morning, what time their walk will be during the day, what time their owners go to work and come home.
It’s almost like a sixth sense.
So it's no surprise that they key into their feed times, if they are fed on the same schedule each day.
For this reason you must be consistent! - Pick a time every day to feed and stick to it.
In sticking to a routine it will help your dog relax and have less anxiety at meal time.
Here's a good example. I once worked at a doggy day-care centre, where there was a huge pack of dogs of all breeds.
One of the dogs that I loved very much, called Demo, arrived one day really out of sorts, no one knew why.
He was very grumpy, his energy was low, he got into a fight in the afternoon. I asked his owners what was wrong with him when they came to collect him and they said, "Oh, we forgot to feed him this morning".
I am positive this was a contributing factor! In our family, when we are hungry and become angry we call it “hangry.” And I believe it’s the same with dogs…A dog with a full belly is a happy dog!
Technique Number 2 – Supplement Your Dog’s Diet throughout the Day
Monitoring your dogs diet every day is very important so that they don't gain excess weight, having said that, if your dog has stress-or anxiety-related food aggression issues, it might help to supplement his meals, so that he knows he will be continually fed.
There is a simple logic here...
Keep your dog’s belly full so he doesn’t stress about food. Your dog will learn to look to you for food and will associate you with food in a positive way at the same time.
The healthy way to do this is to break your dog’s normal-sized breakfast and dinner into 4-6 smaller meals.
There's a trick you can use if you use dry food is to soak it overnight so it swells to a much larger volume. This gives your dog the perception that there is a lot more food being offered and they feel fuller.
Following this regime will mean you can feed your dog several times per day without overfeeding them. You can also include rewards that you give them throughout the day during training.
Once your dog understands you’ll provide food for him every day and gets comfortable with that you can cut back on the number of mini meals and get back on to a normal feeding regime.
Technique Number 3 – Training the sit and wait command
When Training your dog or puppy to sit and wait for their food it calms their mind and their body.
Take a look at this short video showing you how you can do this with younger puppies. It’s taken from inside ‘Project Moses’ the video diary of my puppy Moses when he was 14 weeks of age.
Technique Number 4 – Don't leave their food down
This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people doing, they leave the dogs food down. This is not a good idea for a number of reasons.
1. It's not healthy to leave the food down, especially in the warmer weather when it can attract flies and other unwanted animals and pests, plus it smells awful!
2. A dogs digestive system is not designed to graze all day long, like cows. Dogs are animals who eat much larger meals quickly a couple of times each day. (Pups can often eat up to 4 or 5 times a day when very young)
3. The dog will get the wrong message if the food is left down all day, this tells them that they are in charge, not you. This creates a dog who makes his own decisions, is less likely to listen to you and may even ignore you.
So If your dog is not eating the food, pick it up.
Technique Number 5 – Establish yourself as the provider
This final technique is the most important—establishing yourself as the provider and the one in charge.
This part is crucial because dogs who think they are in charge are always going to try to control the food and they will be unpredictable…
This can be very dangerous, especially when other dogs or young children are around when it's feeding time, dogs with food aggression issues simply think that they are the "Pack Leaders" they think they are the ones in charge!
A dog with this mindset, is more likely to get cranky and lash out if they think someone is trying to steal their meal.
Here's the good news…
It’s not hard to establish yourself as the leader in a kind, gentle way. All you need is a little time and patience.
I've found one of the easiest ways to reassure your dog that you are the provider is to always eat your meals first before you feed your dog.
When you finish your meal, eat the last bit over their bowl, to show them that you always eat first. In your dog's eyes, this means YOU are the one in charge and they will understand and get the message.
Your dog will soon understand that you are the provider then everything else falls into place…
Sticking with this routine, will change the whole relationship with your dog for the better. It’s something I’ve helped tens of thousands of people establish with their dogs and it’s what I am totally passionate about.
If you’re interested in finding out more, check out The Dog Calming Code.
In this program, you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to establish yourself as the "Pack Leader", the one in charge or the decision maker. The knock on effect of this is that your dog will relax and focus on you so much more and you'll end up with a more responsive dog who is easier to train!
Next: Steps to Helping Resolve Your Dog’s Food Aggression Issues
To re-cap - Food aggression is a very serious issue that can result in serious injury to other dogs and people.
Is your dog exhibiting signs of food aggression? If so you need to be sure to...
1. Put a comprehensive training program in place—like The Dog Calming Code.
2. Keep kids and other pets away from your dog while he eats.
3. Ensure your dog feels safe while eating meals.
If you'd like to know how to make your dog feel safe while eating, I've put together a FREE guide on 3 ways you can help your dog feel safe during mealtimes.
Best wishes as you work with your pup.
A house is just not a home without a canine companion. But, not all of us want fur on our clothing and furniture.
If you are looking for a small dog with equally small amounts of shedding hair, you are in luck. Let’s check out some small family dogs that don’t shed.
Compliments of Animal Facts YouTube.
Playful and affectionate, the Yorkshire Terrier, often called the Yorkie, is a small dog full of personality. These spunky little lap dogs are the seventh most popular dog breed in America, and for good reason. Not the least among those reasons is that Yorkshire Terriers don’t shed, and their silky coats are beautiful. That is if you brush them out daily, which is made easy by their small size. Of course, you could just go with a nice short hair cut, like a puppy cut.
Don’t be fooled by their lap dog reputations – Yorkies have working-class roots. These fearless terriers hunted rats in English clothing mills. Today they are just as happy to sit on their human’s lap as they are running down a rodent. Yorkies do not shed, so that means they depend on their owners to keep their hair in check. Left unattended, their hair will keep growing, just like a human’s would—in fact, Yorkshire terrier hair can grow to be two feet long.
Yeah, the Yorkie can give Rapunzel a run for her money. Needless to say, trips to the groomer will become part of your lifestyle.
This list is surprisingly full of small dogs that have roots in ratting. The Miniature Schnauzer is a smart, trainable, and cheerful little former ratting dog that strongly resembles its larger Schnauzer cousins.
With an outgoing personality, a portable size, and sporty good looks, you’ve got an ideal family dog. This friendly and obedient Terrier, yes it’s a Terrier… Unlike the rest of the Terrier group, Schnauzers come from Germany, instead of the British Isles.
It sheds very little, and their adaptable nature makes them at home in the city or the country, as long as their people are involved. To keep your Miniature Schnauzer looking its best, make time for weekly brushing an regular grooming.
Their origins may be a bit of a mystery, but we do know that the wee Scottie comes from Scotland, as the name seems to suggest.
Yet another ratter, this solidly compact dog of vivid personality, the Scottish Terrier is an independent, confident companion of high spirits and a dignified, sometimes human-like character.
Their wiry, weather-resistant coats shed little, although they do require regular brushing, grooming, and the occasional hand-stripping to keep their coats healthy. Scotties are clever and independent dogs that are affectionate with family and good with kids.
It’s kinda easy to not shed when you’re hairless! Chinese Crested dogs come in two coat types: hairless and powder puff. Hairless Chinese Crested have hair on their heads, tail, and feet, while the powder puff is covered with a coat of fine hair that sheds very minimally.
The Chinese Crested breed was created to be a companion. You won’t find a better lap dog. They can lie in bed for hours without moving a muscle. They have almost no desire to go out and run around like normal dogs, although they are surprisingly athletic.
Chinese Cresteds are intensely social dogs and bond quickly within their family. Once it falls in love with you, you’ll have a little stalker on your hands. Hairless dog breeds require extra care and attention when it comes to their skin. Without hair, they need protection from the sun and cold and are more prone to skin irritations.
The Bichon Frise is truly a non-shedding small dog breed. This playful and affectionate dog is an ideal family dog breed for those that may have allergy sufferers in their clan. And yes, according to the American Kennel Club, the correct pronunciation is bee-shon free-zay. It’s French.
The fluffy white Bichon is a great family dog that is affection with almost everyone and good with other dogs and children, even the family cat.
They may be non-shedding but they are not maintenance free. The Bichon Frise’s hair grows continuously, requiring frequent grooming, brushing two or three times a week, and the occasional bath in order to keep up with its powder-puff looks. While there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, some breeds come close. Since the Bichon doesn’t shed and produces less dander than other dogs, sufferers of allergies might have little to no symptoms in this dog's company.
Among the most popular of small terrier, the West Highland White Terrier, or Westie as it is often called, sheds very little. Originating in Northwestern Scotland as a working dog, this sturdy little dog with the coarse white coat is intelligent, loyal, happy, and highly entertaining.
They are curious little dogs with moderate energy levels and an independent streak common among Terrier breeds. Alert and active, Westies exhibit all the traits of a plucky and self-reliant ratting terrier: They require no pampering, they will chase after anything that moves, and their independence can make training a challenge.
But, thanks to their faithfulness and keen intelligence, Westies will train nicely with time and patience and make for a wonderful little family companion. The little dogs have sensitive ears, so some sunscreen is recommended if you plan on spending a lot of time in the sun. Yes, dogs can get sunburned too.
When you think small dogs that don’t shed, you likely think of the Poodle, specifically the toy or miniature poodle. And Poodles are indeed non-shedding and hypoallergenic, but it does require regular grooming. Poodles are intelligent and train easily, making the Poodle an easy choice for the family new to dog life.
The Poodle is not a froo-froo dog. It’s an elegant athlete that can master anything from sit and stay to advanced agility training. Most pet owners opt to keep the Poodle in a shorter trim.
Some owners learn to do this clipping and trimming themselves, while others choose to take their dog to a professional dog groomer every four to six weeks for a bath, grooming, and nail trim.
If you don’t plan to keep your Poodle’s hair in a short trim, daily brushing is absolutely required to keep its coat from matting and dread locked. On the plus side, they are generally odorless and can sport some really cool hairdos.
If you want a small family dog that doesn’t require pampering, the Ewok-looking Brussels Griffon is right up your alley. Both smooth-coated and rough-coated varieties of the Brussels Griffon thrive with regular grooming and are minimal shedders.
Their small size means that a daily walk and indoor play is usually enough to satisfy their exercise needs, and this loyal little dog does best with families who are frequently home. A sensitive companion for discerning pet parents, the Brussels Griffon is smart, devoted, and comically self-important.
With the Griff, you get a big personality in a 5-to-15-pound package. And with one look into its big, human-like eyes, you’ll be smitten. But these breed is rare and may be difficult to find.
But, it may be the only dog on the planet capable of upstaging Jack Nicholson. The Smooth coated BG does shed some, mostly during shedding season for about a week in the Spring and fall. The Wire coated Brussels Griffon does not shed. But either dog is low maintenance.
The Shih Tzu has a long pedigree. The favored house pet of China’s Tang Dynasty. The pampered pets led luxurious lives in palaces, enjoying all the creature comforts a dog could want.
Their thick coats made them effective radiators, and their owners would use the dogs to keep their beds warm, which is still a good use for them today. Ahhhh warm little doggy. These “little lions dogs” come in a variety of colors and patterns, none of them less adorable than the other. Loyal and loving companions, these small dogs are an ideal fit for anyone in need of affection. Their long, silky hair is low-shedding and looks exceptionally regal when brushed out, befitting their royal ancestry. Shih Tzu were bred to be house pets, and their gentle, trusting nature makes them exceptional companions.
Keeping the Shih Tzu coat gorgeous is demanding. Daily brushing and combing is necessary to prevent tangles, as is frequent bathing (as often as once a week). In fact, many Shih Tzu lovers hire a professional groomer to clip those long locks short every month or so.
Before we get to number one, the Terrier group is full of small dog breeds that don’t shed or shed minimally. We’ve already included several, but others include: Wire Fox Terrier Dandie Dinmont Terrier Cairn Terrier Australian Terrier Border Terrier Bedlington Terrier Sealyham Terrier Silky Terrier Welsh Terrier
The ancient dog of Malta, the Maltese, has not changed much over the past 28 centuries; it’s been sitting in laps since the Bible was a work in progress. That is perhaps in part because of their long, white coats shed very little, making them an ideal lap dog.
Maltese are playful, charming, and adaptable toy companions. This picture of free-flowing elegance, this irresistible Maltese face—with its big, dark eyes and black gumdrop nose—can conquer even the hardest of hearts. With the family, the dog of Malta is playful, gentle and charming.
Sporting a thick coat of hair instead of fur, these little dogs don’t shed. Instead, they need occasional haircuts to keep their mops in check. Their white tufts are hypoallergenic, making them great for families with allergies. Their coats do require regular brushing to prevent mats from forming, and an occasional bath removes any unwanted dirt and debris from their long, silky hair. Just remember just because your dog doesn’t shed that they are zero maintenance. Most dogs need brushing and don’t forget those nails and teeth. So, which of these breeds fits your lifestyle.
As found on Youtube
Thanks to the loving staff members of TAF based out of Chicago she was able to make an amazing transformation. You simply won’t believe the neglect that this sweet dog endure and your jaw will certainly drop when you see what she looks like now.
Well. You see what she looks like now – Spoiler alert, she’s adorable.
Believe it or not this was Ellen when the TRIO Animal Foundation first discovered her in a cage at a public shelter.
The mud, urine, feces and dirt packed into her long hair has created a serious disaster that’s pulling very hard on her skin and very uncomfortable.
It’s unknown how long she’s been walking around like this. The people that worked at the shelter even had a hard time discerning if this poor pup was male or female!
She was so matted the TRIO staff members who went out to pick her up couldn’t even tell which end was her head and which end was her back end. Her face and mouth were just barely visible under all that overgrown hair.
It was clear to TAF that this was going to be a huge challenge… poor Ellen was a mess!
She not only looked bad But her matted fur wreaked of urine and even worse the TRIO staff members thought that the dog was dragging her hind legs, but upon closer inspection it turned out that her legs were just knotted up with fur.
It was obvious that the dog underneath all this fur had to be miserable, especially since the dirty clumps of hair weighed so much that they were starting to rip out of her skin by the roots. Fortunately for TRIO a local grooming service “Mud Hut” agreed to clip the funky smelling canine.
At times Ellen’s malodorous stench was unbearable for the workers grooming her. How incredibly sad to have lived a life smelling of one’s own faeces and urine and repelling people anywhere she went.
As the expert groomers began shaving away large mats an adorable doggy face started to emerge.
What began to surface was a much smaller dog than anyone anticipated? With large kind eyes.
The groomers continued shaving laboriously and cautiously bit by bit. They had to pay careful attention taking care to not burn her skin with the hot blades or slice the skin since the hair was matted so tightly against it.
Excavating a dog from under all that crusted up hardened fur was not an easy task but after a while a canine did begin to emerge from the smelly casing of hair.
How much lighter she must have felt…and even though there must have been times when the dog was uncomfortable or scared during the process of removing all that fur onlookers were surprised that the sweet dog never once growled or showed her teeth.
In fact at one point she even shared kisses with those trying to help her.
By the time the groomer had completed her mission of freeing Ellen from her furry prison the ground was covered in 2 pounds of hair. That’s an amazing amount of fur considering how tiny Ellen really is.
Sadly that hair wasn’t just unsightly and smelly it had also caused a lot of stress on the petite pups joints, so Ellen was treated to therapeutic massages and given medication to help her deal with the pain and possible infection.
Ellen has turned out to be very resilient pup and her three rehabilitation dogs made sure she had a quick mental recovery .
They did so well that she quickly adapted to the new environment and began to get along and socialize with many other dogs. The staff decided that Ellen was ready to be put up for adoption…
…Ellen received hundreds of applications, but only one lucky person would be able to call this little dog theirs.
It was no surprise that Ellen received so many applications just look at those eyes, just adorable.
After reviewing several applications, they decided on a woman who they knew would give the little dog all the love and care she so desperately deserved, look how we happy she is,along with a new Mom Ellen also received another special family member, a little boy dog named Linus and Ellen could not love him more.
She’s finally living the happy life she always deserved.
TAF stated in a Facebook post that as soon as Linus walked through the door Ellen’s eyes lit up and he ran right to her, if That’s not destiny. I’m not sure what is. Looking at the next picture of the two of them snuggling will melt your heart.
It was clear from the start that these two were meant to be, Ellen could not have been happier with her loving new Mom and her comforting brother Linus.
Take a look at this heartwarming dog transformation between her precious under bite her sweet eyes and her loving disposition, it’s no wonder that so many applications piled up for a chance to take her home.
We can’t believe the amazing gem of a dog that was hiding for so long under all that matted hair. It really is a miracle.
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Can you relate to this? You're out for a walk with your dog, you're relaxed and enjoying your walk, when you see another dog coming towards you...
...your heart starts to race, because you know how your lovely but very dominant dog is going to react, with aggression, pulling and barking like mad, it's embarrassing and frightening at the same time.
You don't know how the other dog will react, or the owner!
Even though both dogs are on a leash, if the other dog gets too close it will set your dog off, you know you're going to be in for another unpleasant encounter.
Your dog starts barking and snarling, pulling you off your feet.
You try to find an escape route, but it's too late, your dog is in full Dominant dog mode.
You've tried everything from tugging on the lead, yelling at the dog, you even tired a different harness collar and lead, distracting them with treats but nothing worked.
It turns a beautiful relaxing walk into a nightmare! and you don't get a chance to chat to people on your walk because your dog is so anti social.
Where did it all go wrong? You've almost given up hope.
The thing that dog owners and trainers need to understand is that if the dog has been getting the wrong message at home, it's too late when you see another dog coming down the street to turn it around.
Here's the thing... dogs are not as complicated as humans, they don't care about the size of the T.V. or a faster car, or a luxurious holiday, they may be intelligent but they are also simple animals, dogs are all about SURVIVAL Full Stop. This means protecting their property and the pack, especially when they are outside the home.
If you think about this, they are pack animals and they only understand leaders and followers, as leaders they decide what is dangerous and take the initiative to protect the pack.
So your dog thinks it's the pack leader and sees another strange dog approaching, they will show their pack leaders skills by walking right up to the other dog, head up, chest out, tail up, growling and barking in an attempt to get the other dog to back down.
And that's when all hell breaks loose.
But don't blame the dog, what started this was you giving them the message that they were the pack leader in the first place!
That they were in charge in your home...
This is where I found Doggy Dan's training method so helpful.
He really understands how your dog thinks and he's able to help you to show your dog that YOU are the pack leader. And the on line site shows you how simple this is to do.
Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of. The really nice part is that everything he does is done in such a kind and gentle way. He simply uses 5 Golden Rules.
Wait till you see how Doggy Dan's pack act around other dogs they don't overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so they can relax.. Now every dog is different, some can be more dominant than others, some will be more submissive.
But as long as YOU are the pack leader, it won't matter what type your dog is, that's the secret. Once this is established, you'll find training will be so much easier.
You'll find you'll only need a gentle word of warning, a slight pull of their lead or a food treat distraction will work really well.
It's not to say that the training techniques you are using at present aren't good, but with no strong foundation, they just won't work for you.
In Summary: Once the other dog shows up, you're dog is not going to take any notice of you because they have bigger things to worry about. Like protecting their pack (which is you)
So, YOU need to become the pack leader to turn it around. Doggy Dan has given me some great training tricks to pass on to you, if you follow these you'll have a calmer dog when the other dog approaches.
Check them out...
But remember, the foundation of YOU as pack leader HAS to be in place first.
Remember to relax immediately afterwards, dogs sense your tension.
The thing I love about this method is that it works with your dogs instincts. For instance, we know that it is natural in the dog world for one dog to be above the other in a pack, you can't change that in a dog's behaviour.
But if you position yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will be less likely to become overly protective, tense, aggressive and dominant and take things too far.
Take a look at look at this great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive.
If you're ready to take control back from your dog and become the gentle and kind pack leader they are looking for then get your 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site, I think you'll LOOVE Doggy Dan's method of Training.
P.S. Remember that leaving it till the other dog is approaching is too late, get help for your dog now and sort out the problem so you can turn things around, your dog is just waiting for you to give him the right message.