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Food aggression issues
  • Clover is almost 10 months old and has food aggression issues. I had no idea she had these issues until about 3 months ago. She snaps and bites me when I come near a bone. She did the same thing with food. I got Clover from a shelter since she was 9 weeks old. I have no idea if she had to fight for her food or what. She came in with at least 6 brothers and sisters and was in the 'lost and found' section for a week until I was able to adopt her.

    She's bitten me several times where my blood was involved. I started hand feeding her and she did great. I hand fed her for close to 6 weeks and then I gave her food in a bowl last week. Apparently I got too close to her and the bowl and she bit me on my hand and palm. I'm a music teacher, singer and pianist so it scared me quite a bit since my pinky was quite injured. It is much better now.

    She can be very sweet and only shows aggression with food. I also try to take her to the dog park 4 - 7 times a week. This helps since she's quite energetic. She plays better with larger dogs. She plays rough. If she plays with smaller dogs she doesn't know when to quit and gets too wound up.

    Thanks for any advice you can give. The dog trainer at the shelter has told me different things to do and I've done them but she still shows these issues and I'd prefer not to be bitten again.

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    Post edited by sunyata at 2013-06-06 10:00:30
  • kumaDUDEkumaDUDE
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    Umm first off, I advise you use te advanced search, or google _______ shiba inu (food aggression shiba inu) typically te forum will be the first link you will get.
    Now you may also want to list things you have tried, so we don't give the same recommendation you already received. Also how long did you try these recommendations.
  • First, just some quick advice: See a behaviorist. Not a dog trainer, but a qualified behaviorist. They should have an actual certification as a behaviorist and/or a degree in animal behavior. Make sure they have this. Someone may call themselves a behaviorist without actually having this. I suggest this because it sounds like the behavior is escalating.

    Other than that, I'd suggest teaching "drop it"/playing a trading game with her. She gives up what she's guarding for something 10 times better, then you give what she was guarding back. Pair it with a command ("drop it"). Wash, rinse, repeat.

    Finally, this is a subject that has been discussed mant times before. The search function is down (sort of) so I'm linking some threads that cover this below and closing this thread. Please post any further questions you have to the most appropriate thread below.
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