Preventing Food Guarding Issues In Puppies

Written by Kashyap Dave

Food guarding is an issue that concerns almost every dog owner, as we all want to know our dog is trustworthy and non-aggressive even when he is eating. These desires are especially important when there are small children in the home who may not know that it’s best to let their dog eat without pestering them. Here are some tips on what (and what not) to do to insure everyone is safe and happy around mealtimes.


  • Walk close to your puppy while he’s eating. Stand next to him and let him get used to having people in close proximity to his food bowl.
  • Place small pieces of high value treats (chicken, cheese, hotdog, etc) into his food bowl while he’s munching. He will soon come to have a positive association with a hand coming close to his food dish.
  • Pet your pup gently while he is eating to get him comfortable with the feeling of being touched while he is consuming his food.
  • Seek help from a qualified Canine Behaviorist if your dog is exhibiting aggressive guarding signs around the food bowl. This can turn into a very serious issue, so it’s much better to seek professional help right ASAP!


  • Take his dish away from him while he’s eating. All this does is compound his belief that you are there to take his food. He’s more likely to scarf it all down quickly or react negatively the next time.
  • Allow children (or anyone else) to annoy your puppy while he is eating. While we want your dog to be trustworthy, he does have a right to eat in peace.
  • Let your pup make a mad dash for the bowl as soon as you set it down. Teach him the “sit” and “wait” commands and give him an “OK” signal before he gets to eat.

About the author

Kashyap Dave

Hello, I’m Kashyap Dave.
I have been working in Digital Marketing and Design Industry. Here on my blog, I collect everything about the life with my dog- Bruno, a 4-year-old Jack Russell bitch. Whether cool toys, helpful products and interesting nutrition tips, care and health information or my observations from everyday life: there is always something new to discover and share with you.
I'm also looking forward to your comments and feedback. Tell me what I should tell you more about and what interests you. Cool that you're there!

1 Comment

  • I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s
    equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is an issue that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about.

    Now i’m very happy I came across this during my search for something relating to this.

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