Imagine you’re at a restaurant after a long day and the waiter has just served you your favorite dish. Before you can even dip a fork into it, the waiter rushes back, takes the food away from you, sticks his hand in it and mushes it all around. If you’re thinking at this point that you would cut a bitch for interfering with your long-awaited meal, you’d be totally in your right. So why then do some people insist on messing with their dog’s food while they are trying to eat?
We’ve all heard it, right? “I can do anything to my dog while she eats”, or “I wanted to see what would happen if I took his food away mid-bite.” Seriously? We’d bite too if someone repeatedly messed with our food. Just because your dog “allows” you to fuck with his food, that doesn’t mean you should.
You’re not testing your dog for resource guarding by doing this; you’re actively encouraging it. Want your dog to get nervous and tense around their food? Teach them that meal time means “human plays cruel games with my foods”
You know who’s a giant dumbass? That guy. I think we all know who that guy is. We aren’t saying we let our dogs snarl and wolf down their food, but we do know there is a better way than standing over your dog’s food like the karate kid until the dog snaps and crushes all the bones in your hand.
Wanna know how to fix it*? Try hand feeding your dog, take the bowl completely out of the equation. If your dog isn’t quite to the bone crushing stage, try dropping a few kibbles of food in your dog’s bowl every time you walk by, delivering his entire dinner that way. That way, food near bowl grows to equal more food. You’ll have to live out your Mister Miyagi fantasies elsewhere.
*We aren’t dog trainers, we definitely aren’t your dog trainer. We just happen to own both dogs and all ten fingers we came in to this world with. When in doubt, ALWAYS consult with a professional trainer. Preferably one that has never been on tv.