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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Dog Acting Out

The older Jackson gets the more my dog (almost 4 year old Maltese male) is acting out when it comes to food. We is always trying to get up on the tables now when we have food out or he will try and pull at Jackson's high chair if food has fallen in there when he's eating... he's been tearing up the trash in the kitchen and if I try and scold him or take things away from him etc he will growl or snap at me and I am not okay with that. I've tried putting him on the other side of the baby gate when there's food out but he will bark like crazy for an hour straight and we just can't take it. I'm not sure how to break him of all of this...

Do you think he's acting out since Jackson is getting so much attention? He does seem to love Jackson, when food is not involved he will run around with Jackson and they "play" together and chase each other... I'm just not sure what to do.


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Old April 17th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Oh man Amy I have no advise cus we all know Maggie is the epitome of bad behavior . But we should plan for Harley to come over for play dates, maybe he will feel extra special or something? Let's talk tomorrow.


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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:54 AM   #3
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You just reminded me of another problem... when ever people come over (specifically Liz M) Harley goes on a crazy humping spree!! lol


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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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I dont have any advice either, but my shih tzu is so aggressive when it comes to me eating. If I am eating something he "stands guard" and if I give my food to someone else he goes ape****. He starts growling and lounging at whomever I am sharing my food with. It's ridiculous!


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Old April 22nd, 2012, 12:45 AM   #5
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I heard that to make your dog understand who is "master" (this may sound gross, but it works) give your baby a dog treat..like a bone or something and let him knaw on it for a few minutes to slobber on it then give it to the dog and the dog understands that he gets "what's left over" and he will understand that the baby is master...


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Old April 22nd, 2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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No, don't give your baby a dog treat. Unless it's suitable for human consumption don't feed dog food to the children, especially with all these treat recalls going around.

I don't think it's a dominance issue in itself, but there are other things you can check to see whom he sees as dominant and see if you can tell where Jackson falls in his "pack". I would label this food aggressive.

The humping IS a dominance issue. One of the reasons dogs hump is to exert dominance and make sure people know he's the more top ranking pack member. Is he neutered?

I think dominance training may help him, but I would check with Madrose first to see what she has to say.


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Old April 23rd, 2012, 01:32 AM   #7
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No, don't give your baby a dog treat. Unless it's suitable for human consumption don't feed dog food to the children, especially with all these treat recalls going around.
of course don't give it to him unless it can be eatin by humans. i didnt mean let him just eat it...just slobber on it a bit... but on a serious note i wasn't implying give it to him to just let him have it.

ooohhh...nevermind...just ignore that comment i posted previously...
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