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dog: I placed some cooked meat on a counter..loves..eats

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I placed some cooked meat on a counter and when a friend of mine passed it (someone the dog knows and loves) he growled and bit her - he’s never done that before - I have had him to training and train him daily to sit before he eats, obey commands,etc. - HELP!
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  ZooCVT replied 11 years ago.
Food aggression is common and something you have to work on with him.
Will he let you go near his food or remove the bowl when he's eating?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to ZooCVT's Post: Absolutely - I have worked with him on this - I can go to his bowl and put something in it - take away his favorite chew stick and he's fine.
Dudley was a rescue dog, who was badly abused and I took him to training, and I work with him each day on basic down, sit, stay commands and "fun" ones like catch, go find etc.
He is not fond of strangers. I can only guess that this he somehow saw this kielbase as his territory and was protecting it.
I have started boot camp - no treat, no affection, without obeying a command, sit, etc.
I go out all doors first, etc. But I need him to translate that respect to others -
C.
Expert:  ZooCVT replied 11 years ago.
 This may be something our other specialists Tammy or Olivers Mom
might be able to help with a bit more since they do training.


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