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Is this resource guarding??
« on: November 11, 2010, 04:39:29 PM »
I read the resource guarding thread and this kind of sounds like Zeek with food. He doesn't get aggressive or anything but I am worried it may turn to aggression. If he is eating bones, treats or his food he inhales it (literally). When we first brought him home I started the petting him while he was eating and putting my hand in the bowl while he was eating because I didn't want this to happen. Is there anything else I can try to get him to slow down on eating and to help him realize noone is going to steal his food Zeek is almost 5 months old if this helps.
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 04:57:36 PM »
Kristin had a problem with one of her dogs inhaling food. She spread the food on a cookie sheet to slow her down
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 04:59:23 PM »
Or you can put a large rock in his bowl so he has to work to eat.  Willie is my inhaler...but he doesn't have any food aggression
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 05:50:09 PM »
If he eats fast even when you aren't "threatening" his meal, then I would not consider it resource guarding.  Some dogs just wolf their food by instinct. 

Besides the two options already mentioned, another member bought a Bundt cake pan to use with her wolfing dog.
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 05:52:04 PM »
It does not sound like gaurding. Some just eat  like its going to get away from them if they don't hurry. Putting a rock in his bowl or spreading the food out on a cookie sheet can help.

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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 06:06:35 PM »
If he eats fast even when you aren't "threatening" his meal, then I would not consider it resource guarding.  Some dogs just wolf their food by instinct. 

Besides the two options already mentioned, another member bought a Bundt cake pan to use with her wolfing dog.

Yes it eats fast all the time just more so if he thinks someone is going to steal it from him. Not sure a cookie sheet would work for him, I had dropped a cup of his food on the floor the other day and he was like a hoover vacuum gone in seconds. I will try placing a big rock in his bowl in the morning and continue the petting while eating see if this helps him.
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 06:09:56 PM »
Precious inhales her food.  I got a bunt pan that I feed her from and it slows her down a tad.
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010, 06:13:04 PM »
Does his body posture change? Getting stiff or still (w/his body, not his mouth), crouching over the food, etc?
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 07:45:18 PM »
Does his body posture change? Getting stiff or still (w/his body, not his mouth), crouching over the food, etc?

No his body posture doesn't just the speed he inhales  ::)
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 05:28:33 AM »
You could get one  of the "slow down" bowls...I have one for Willie, it helps, but he still eats fast, just not as fast...
This is a bowl I use, but there are many others that work on the same premise: 
http://www.dog.com/item/durapet-slow-feed-stainless-steel-pet-bowl/492741/?srccode=MRDGGOOG&mr:trackingCode=D8C35795-9B96-DF11-931F-0019B9C2BEFD&mr:referralID=NA
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 08:00:30 AM »
I did the large cookie sheet with both Abby and George...and it works great. You can also add a little water to the food to make it harder for them to "suck" up.   :)
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Re: Is this resource guarding??
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2010, 11:26:07 AM »
I have also heard of putting apples or oranges in the food bowl to slow them down, have to push it around to eat, and if they eat the fruit by accident, won't hurt them  :thumbsup:
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