By Sandeep T. Lad*

Food aggression is quite common in dogs, it causes dogs to exhibit behavior of being protective over their food. It can become an issue for a couple reasons: those living with the dog could be at risk of being bitten, and it could lead to your pup becoming possessive in other areas of its life. 

Food aggression is a territorial action a dog experiences when eating meals or treats, in which they use hostile behavior to guard their food. This aggression can be seen in dogs aged from 35 day to growing dogs. 

There are ways to handle food aggression in dogs by properly training your pup and managing their behavior. You can also take steps to prevent it completely 

  • Always be there with your pet when they are eating their food.
  • Try feeding your pet with your hands.
  • Hold the feeding bowl in your hand, keeping Adding food in the bowl once the dog Is done eating each time., this helps to decrease the proximity and you pet will be habitual of your presence and movements.
  • Introduce small portions and repeat the same multiple times.
  • Whenever you feed your pet make sure they are overfed so that the level of hunger goes away.

Digging is a totally normal canine behavior, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. If your dog is spending hours tearing up the backyard, or attempting to burrow holes into your couch, you’re no doubt anxious to find a way to make it stop. Ideally dogs digs because they need a firm place to rest, to maintain their body temperature, they dig due to boredom or out of curiosity and also we should not forget that dogs do have prey drive in them.

Pet parents must fulfill their pets drive be it food drive, prey drive through many activities and proper training. Adding to it the pet should be trained for agility. Where they will be drained mentally and physically. Note that the pets should be provided with kennels to rest in. Speaking of humping, humping or mounting is normal and natural for both male and female dogs, but this behavior is not liked by all, pet parents which leads to embarrassment. Stopping your dog humping will involve distracting them, focusing their energy on something else, teaching them to be calm, and to play appropriately 

It is important not to punish your dog for humping because it’s a normal and natural behaviour for them. If it doesn’t happen very often and doesn’t bother you, it may not need to be addressed. However, if it’s happening regularly, or becoming a problem, fortunately, with the right training, time, and patience, this behaviour that can often be reduced. 

Pets should be made to do exercise and should be socialized from an early age. It is the pet parents responsibility to keep their pets with healthy eating habits, maintain their day to day activity and to keep a check on their hygiene ( grooming ) and to finish it up need to say that these things has to be done by love and affection towards the pets.

*Author is a Renowned Professional Dog Trainer and Founder of “Sovereign Dog Training School.

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