Preventing food aggression is really important especially if you have young children in the house. The last thing any family wants when they have got children and dogs is to have a dog that is protective over his dinner, toys or treats. If a positive association to children and food is made in the beginning then you will have no problems later down the line.
Outlined below are a few key things to remember when trying to positively associate children and food for your puppy.
How can I Prevent Food Aggression?
Contrary to much of the advice on the internet that tells people to take food away from the puppy so they get used to it, this is not recommended and we strongly recommend doing the opposite!
Here are a few important suggestions:
We mentioned in an earlier lesson, when your puppy is in their crate leave them alone to respect their quiet time and personal space. Do not let your child wake the puppy up. They can continue to drop treats into the crate though as this will continue to reinforce a positive association to food, children and being in the crate. The video demonstrates how food can be added near to the puppy eating the kong and can also be done with their food dish too. Remember positive reward is the key to preventing aggression related to food and toys.