Bringing up this thread again,
Since this post I have had to host a ten week old puppy for a month at our house; things were rocky in the beginning..when it was feeding time he would growl and sometimes go after the pup when I got the food out to put in bowls, as if he didn't know he would be getting fed first or not at all! They never ate near each other..after a week things got better..Oakley seemed to tolerate the puppy at feeding time even enough to put them ten feet from each other..if I was eating I would have to crate Oakley because he would guard MY food which was silly bc the puppy didn't have any interest in my food, she just wanted to be a tiny little silly bean..
Oakley has always been clicker trained, is NOT food aggressive with me whatsoever, since this post I took advice and we worked intensively on me taking stolen objects or food from him; it has not ever happened since…and as an only dog I have rarely been put in a position that affirms the "food aggressive" label ( until NOW). With that being said, there have been enough occasions as of late to say that it's becoming a problem. When a treat is given to a dog in front of him he is tense, if the person holding the leash to their own dog is close to Oakley when that owner gives oakley a treat he lunges. If I am at a BBQ and there is food in the atmosphere he can't be trusted not to attack another dog just because its around...and as of last night..for the first time ever, I was sitting at a fire with a bunch of neighbors..and a lady asked if she could give Oakley a chip...( I said ok)..he took it fine and I had no reason to think he wouldn't..apparently he dropped the chip before eating it and when she went to pat him after giving it to him he growled and snarled his teeth. I immediately held his mouth as an instant reaction until her hand was away and when I looked the chip was there..and even after he ate it and she was standing there he was still upset or rattled that he tried to "nip" her pants...I've never witnessed his food agression translate to people and it was disconcerting..I've read the articles in this thread again but my issue is that he isn't aggressive with me and so idk how to train for these issues. I've decided to avoid him being given food by people but its a hard thing to avoid in life that when we are in public there is food.
Another concern is that the same ten week old puppy I watched for a month I am going to be watching again for a week, only this time she's not a puppy- she's 9 months... And while they really transitioned into being close and good the last time they haven't seen each other since and it will inevitably be back to square one. Any advice or insight into this would be helpful. I am trying to understand this, he's been this way since puppyhood...he's never been starved, never had his food stolen by another dog...I just want to be able to bring him to things and not have the outbursts...for me, I can't accept last nights incident..people are a far different story for me then dog aggression over food possession. My dad came over today and I was cutting up chicken and my dad was leaning in the doorway and Oakley decided to growl at my dad just for being close to the chicken I was cutting up..I mean, enough is enough with the brattiness..
He gets the drop it command, leave it and when it's him and I and any food object it isn't a fight or a challenge so I just don't know how to desensitize him to this if I can't provide an environment with another dog or person..it's just Oakley and I at home...
Lastly, because someone might ask; he is in good health. It's been almost two months since his surgery..and while we struggle for a month afterwards with stool issues and him dropping to 19lbs..he's been on the ID diet for two weeks, finally off Flagyl and finally gaining some weight..his ribs are less visible and I would guess he's up to about 21.5 lbs ( should be at 23.5 min).. But he's had fecal analysis's, blood tests..you name it so I know his thyroid is in check and he is doing well health wise.