|Barked: Sat Mar 3, '12 6:59am PST |
|I have never found any of those methods to work with this type of aggression, I used to have a Greyhound who threatened to take my face off when he was eating or guarding something, I soon solved this problem and found it one of the easiest problems to solve.
How I stopped Merlin from this was to put a few pieces of kibble in his food bowl and walked away. When he had eaten it I walked past and just "Dropped" a little more into his bowl. I kept doing this until all his food was gone.
Merlin quickly realised that when I went near his dish he was given food, so quickly was happy for me to walk past. Gradually over the next few days I put bigger handfuls into his dish so cut down on the amount of trips.
After this I was always able to walk past Merlin but I NEVER attempted to take or touch his food bowl, if someone done that to me I would have taken their face off as well especially if it was my chocolate.
Away from his food bowl if he was guarding something I would just run out of the room into the kitchen saying in a very high voice, "Look what I have got". He would then hear the treat tin opening and would leave what he had and dash after me. Once he was rewarded with a treat I was able to shut him in there why I went and picked up what he was guarding.
Many people have told me that I was rewarding the guarding, that is a load of codswollop, by the time Merlin had got to me he had forgotten he was guarding something so I was rewarding him for coming after me. I always used high reward treats for this to encourage him to follow me.
The plus to this was his recall, Greyhounds are not know for having a good recall but his was 100% as long as I said"Look what I have got".
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