How do I stop my puppy from fighting over food?

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Bang loudly on a large metal cookie sheet or place it directly in front of his nose to stop him from approaching your other dog.

Phase 4 - Move the food bowls closer together in the room day by day to train the dogs to eat their food and not argue over it.

If they fight again, move the bowls farther apart.

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Bang loudly on a large metal cookie sheet or place it directly in front of his nose to stop him from approaching your other dog.

Phase 4 - Move the food bowls closer together in the room day by day to train the dogs to eat their food and not argue over it.

If they fight again, move the bowls farther apart.

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You can try to teach a positive interrupter, by making a smacking noise that tells your dogs to pay attention to you and come and get a treat if they don't tend to fight over food. Karen London and Patricia McConnell suggest interrupting the behavior by saying something such as "Let's go for a walk."
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Instead of taking away your dog's treasured object, try introducing something your dog may find even more valuable, like a special treat or a new toy. If your dog is holding the item he is guarding, you can use the "drop it" cue to get your dog to give up the item. Just make sure you have a valuable reward.
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Don't: Use a muzzle as a way to get dogs to stop fighting with each other.

If your dog has a fear or aggression problem, a muzzle can be a helpful safety measure, but you should also keep him leashed so that you can supervise interactions.

Don't: Use a muzzle on an unsupervised dog to stop a barking problem.

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How to Stop Your Dog's Food Aggression

  1. Stage One: Get your dog used to your presence when eating…
  2. Stage Two: Add a tasty treat, then step back…
  3. Stage Three: Stand close, and talk to your dog…
  4. Stage Four: Try hand feeding…
  5. Stage Five: Touch their bowl, but do not take food from it.
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If the fighting is regular or becomes too rough, you should step in and train the pups not to fight.

  1. Natural Interaction. Put the dogs together.
  2. Monitoring. Observe the puppies at play.
  3. Spot the Signs. Note down the gestures that precede fighting.
  4. Learn the Causes.
  5. Divert Attention.
  6. Positive Reinforcement.
  7. Repetition.
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Puppies learn from their mother and from each other.

They establish pack hierarchy by play fighting.

They will attempt to assert dominance over each other until the natural order of the pack is arranged.

If the fighting is regular or becomes too rough, you should step in and train the pups not to fight.

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