Helping Two Big Dogs Get Along Around Food Time

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: June 8, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Sampson a three-year-old Akita and Hudson a four-year-old Shiba Inu who needed help to getting along and to stop fighting around food.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with the dogs’ guardian about her main dog behavior concerns. I learned that Sampson and Hudson would get into disagreements only around the time when food was present or they were eating. Since this can be a high stress time for dogs I wanted to show their guardian how to help the dogs learn to redirect their attention instead of escalating their behavior into a dog fight. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video, the dogs were excited to learn this new behavior! The guardian will want to watch the dog’s behavior so she can help them learn to stop their disagreement early on, which will help them learn how to self manage their own relationship over time.

By the end of the session the dogs were looking to their guardian for leadership and direction. To keep up with this good behavior the guardian will want to keep practicing the focus exercise and keep up with the rules that she already had in place before I got there. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Sampson and Hudson’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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