09-15-2013, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by lene1949
Yes, I understand that, but when the dog have the OK to eat, why take the food away? I have never used this concept, although I have taught all my dogs to 'leave it!' I have never had a problem with a resource guarding dog in all my 60+ years...
It's good to be able to take away anything from the dog if necessary including the food bowl. Some dogs feel like they have to guard the bowl even if a person is walking past the dog while he's eating. If they have a small child they want a dog that's O.K. being bumped or having it's food bowl touched just in case the child, despite all precautions, does that to him.
There's a right way and wrong way to teach a dog that. The dominance based, human's must be viewed as the alpha crowd, tend to teach it the wrong way. It's my food, I gave it to you, and I'll take it back if I want to, how dare you object! I'll do so by intimidation, claim the food, and hand bite or alpha roll you if you dare object, seem to be there method as far as I can tell. It does nothing to make the dog comfortable having it's stuff taken or handled, and is likely to result in the dog acting worse.
The right way is what's been suggested in this thread. Play a trading game, work slowly to make the dog comfortable having a human near it when it has a treasured possession. With the food bowl teach it that if the food bowl is taken it gets given back with a delicious treat added or that human hands by the bowl means that food is being added to it not taken from it.