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|04-30-2015, 02:56 PM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Colorado Springs (annexed), CO, El Paso county
Our cat has been with us for years, Bruiser since late September. (9 months old next week) They have a similar personality in that they are very lovey with us humans. Bruiser is very social with humans and other dogs. He doesn't care to be the dominate when we are around my moms dogs (4 shut zui 2 male 2 female) and he spends about 3 days a week with my parents. My mom also has two cats (1 female 1 male) that Bruiser loves and kisses on the first day there. We go to the dog park and he just runs and plays chasing behind the bigger dogs.
But when we are home he is mean to our cst. Constantly chasing him away from us, from his food bowl, and mostly away from me. This cat is an old soul, doesn't bother anyone has no claws, but he's a healthy boy. Good 20 Pounds TO Bruiser's 4 pounds. If he's sitting with me on the couch and Buddy walks up and sits on my husband's lap in the recliner across the room Bruiser will wake up from a dead sleep and chase him away. Or if I'm petting the cat or even talking to the cat the dog will start snarling at him.
He's also become dominate over his food bowl. He eats like we are going to take away the bowl. (I noticed this morning) i got close to his xpen when he was having his breakfast and he started pushing his bowl to the corner while annihilating his food.
♡☆Mandy☆♡ mum to Bruiser RIP Bijou
|04-30-2015, 11:20 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: the sands of time
YT's are very possessive of their humans. My Teddy does the exact same thing with our cat i.e. chases him off when he is on my lap or in the living room at the same time as we all are..
I correct Teddy when he does this by using the command 'LEAVE IT' so he doesn't chase the cat away who was here first! Also, hubby holds Teddy while I pet the cat and we give Teddy and the cat treats during this time so they both know that one is not over the other and both are given equal attention. It has helped a lot. Teddy still has outbursts of possessiveness, as does the cat now, but the instances have been reduced and they like to chase each other around the house now (in play) more than anything else.
Since your puppy is being possessive over food, I would try to feed him from your hand while petting him and also teaching him to wait for his food before allowing him to eat it. I have taught Teddy the command LAY DOWN and I put the bowl of food down, walk off and come back and command OK as permission for him to eat his food. This has stopped him from being extremely possessive of the food and slows down his eating. He kinda knows that he's eating because I have allowed him to and not cuz he's entitled to eat and be a jerk at the same time..lol
I have read a lot of things which say that you should either put your hand in their food bowl while they eat, and pet them etc. to show them that you're not taking their food OR to just leave them alone while they eat since doing anything else is threatening to them and provokes a possessive response. I'm not sure which is right, to be honest. I have always put my hand in Teddy's bowl while he ate and the most he has ever done is gobble as much as he could before backing off and waiting for me to remove my hand. However, I cannot take treats from him without him snarling, snapping and biting so I can't tell you for sure which approach I think is best.
I hope some of this has helped, even a little, and maybe someone else can come along to add some extra advice!
Teddy & Guiness
|05-01-2015, 03:09 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: NJ USA
I must have read the same things Teddykins mama read, lol. I have always handled my pups when feeding them. I will pet them, but my hands in the food bowl to mix it up, and take it away if they are gobbling it up to quickly. I always put it right back down and say slow down! So that's one issue I haven't encountered. But the jealousy is a whole other matter. Sunni is very possessive of me, and jealous of Harry. I got great advice from a friend of mine on here, who said when I'm paying attention to Harry(other dog) to have rewards and when Sunni starts behaving reward her. I say be nice. If she gets in between us, which is her go to move. I move her away and say no, sit/stay. If she does, I give treat. I treat Harry for just putting up with her, lol. Its been a few days doing this and I she's starting to understand that being nice is better then being bold.
|05-01-2015, 07:23 AM||#4|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
The same thing happened between my little stinker and my cat (RIP Zoey). The way I solved it was by moving the cat's food bowl up high where only she could get to it. This way Duchess couldn't chase her away.
To solve the jealousy issue, every time Duchess tried to chase the cat away, I would simply put Duchess in the powder room for a 10 minute time out. She hated being stuck in the powder room. She started associating it with chasing the cat so she gradually stop chasing the cat away from me. Zoey was able to get cuddles from me without the fear of Dutch chasing her away.
While it didn't stop her 100%, it greatly reduced her torturing of the cat and eventually they were able to co-exist although they still had the occasional "argument".