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Old 11-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rescued boxer now showing behavioral issues

My sister's neighbor had a female brindle boxer locked in a cage the size of a closet filled with feces, she had sores on her bottom from sitting in her filth, a ring around her neck from a chain that was about to be imbedded,ears were being eaten by flies, she was 3 or 4 and completely skin and bones. After seeing the dog my sister tried everything from calling cops and rescue groups but no one would help. She finally convinced this "person" to give her the dog and after a few trips to the vet and food everyday and a comfy pillow by the couch to sleep on she seemes to be getting over her ordeal. she has filled out and the sores are about gone only some bald spots left but now that she has her energy and health back she seems to be displaying some food aggressive issues. it is understandable she would have some since she wasnt fed regularly before but obviously she cant continue to behave like this. besides this she is the perfect dog no accidents, loving but how to proceed with her food aggression?
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From my understanding you have to keep working on a food aggression like this. I hope she's in a home with no small children as they might not understand to not touch the dog while eating. Also making sure no other pet goes near the food dish while she's eating. I wish you the best & glad to see that this pup is now getting the love she deserves.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I found this article: Food Aggression: Common Dog Aggression Problems: Training
The behaviorist recommends completely doing away with the food bowl at first. I wouldn't have thought of this, but her advice, if you read the whole thing, makes sense to me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It makes sense to me that she would be food aggressive due to not getting enough food.
In time she will realize that the food supply is going to be there, but I would recommend having her sit /stay for her bowl and a little bit of hand feeding too maybe.
Maybe NILIF (nothing in life is free)
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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they have put a baby gate up so she can eat alone because they just learned the hard way that she cant eat food with any dogs relatively close they have a small dog who unwisely got to close she didnt hurt the dog just pinned her to the ground and made a lot of scary noises but just to be sure they will be separated during any meal times
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Feed the dogs in their crate and away from each other. They need to feel safe while easting.That wil fix it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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In time she will learn and that behavior will not be there, she will learn to trust. Thanks for helping her!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I remember Valant when I got him...hand feeding him,he would swallow the whole hand in a swift move and taking it with a bit of skin a few times...

Thankfully he was trained so he would wait if I told him to.

Now he takes stuff with his lips/tongue,as he should.

But a starved dog is a whole other thing,which might require more time and patience.

Lots of love,but first and foremost,lots of time with her before anything else.

Long slow walks,giving attention in smaller enclosed areas,watching TV with her laying at your feet,etc,etc. (bummer its winter coming,easier done in summer)

This is what I did with Valant and it worked.
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Brandi was like this too when we first got her we free fed her for the first few months after we had an issue with her snapping at Roxi over food once she realized she could have what she wanted and there was always food there she lost the aggression not to say the others dont still defer to her she gets to pick her bowl first then everyone else picks one in the pecking order that exists in a pack
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