Hello! I am in a situation where I need a little bit of advice.
I am the owner of two West Highland White Terriers. One is a 15 year old neutered male. The other is a 1 year old spayed female I got in 2017.
Cirri, my female is an all around great dog, but she does have some frustrating issues. The most concerning of which being that she is food aggressive with Casey, but not towards people. The first incident was when she was roughly six months old, when Casey had possession of a treat dispensing toy. I noticed she approached him, stared him down intently, and then lunged at him.
Other incidents have occurred while preparing their food at the same time, and once over a bowl of water and her treats stored away in a bag close by, but out of reach.
Yesterday my family and I noticed she would stare hard at Casey if we had food around, along with raising her lips. Today, while preparing their food, she attacked Casey. No blood was drawn, but they were fencing with bared teeth. Both tend to get excited for their dinner and Casey, despite his age, can hold his own. Immediately after this incident, I took her food bowl, put her in my room and fed her separately.
A little background info about Cirri. We got her from a local breeder. The parents were not on site and we were told she was the runt of the litter. I imagine that could contribute somewhat? Cirri has a mind of her own and is stubborn. Around people and other dogs, she is very outgoing and friendly. However, I notice when she pees, she often tries to lift her leg slightly. Which I believe is a sign she thinks she is boss, in her mind? She views me as the boss and listens for the most part. However, getting her to come off leash, is a struggle. She is also very reactive and barks often. I have taken her to basic training classes, a few agility classes and most recently, a lure coursing class for enrichment and exposure. I do admit I should be more firm with her than I have been in the past, and am thinking of trying to modify these behaviors on my own. My method would be to put Casey first, in all instances. Walks, feeding and so forth. Does anyone have any suggestions? What I am doing wrong, or right? I'll greatly appreciate any advice!