I have a a nearly 15 (Jan 1!) year old pug named PeeWee. He was the only dog in the house until 2017, but he was used to going on trips with us with family members dogs. With 2 dogs in the house, the only thing that changed was that he now had a playmate. (he is much more active than the 4 year old beagle to this day. lol) A few months in the beagle (who was around 1 1/2 - 2 at the time) started taking nibbles of his food. He didn’t mind but I worked on it with Maria (beagle, the other dog in the house) and it was put to a stop within a matter of weeks. Over time, it got to the point where we could stop monitoring them when they eating. We still checked in, but they stay to their own bowls.
Eventually, Maria started trying to take treats from PeeWee. This was taken care of rather quickly. We stated monitoring them when eating again and when they had treats. No problem. But a few months ago PeeWee was switched to a senior food and we starting giving him various supplements in his food. We decided to get Maria some special powder stuff for her digestive system as well since we separating their food already. No problem for the first few days, but they eventually started trying to go back and forth between each others bowls. Maria could be told “No, your food” and she will go back to her bowl and finish up. (Now she doesn’t even try to eat anything but her food). PeeWee, on the other hand, had to be told no, and picked up and placed back in front of his bowl. They refuse to eat if we put them in different rooms or have some sort of barrier between them. I have a feeling this is where the problems started.
(the food situation is slowly being taken care of. PeeWee is just very stubborn)
PeeWee has been dubbed the “Land Shark” because he doesn’t know how to take treats politely. I will hold a treat out and barley have my fingers on it and he will still manage to bite each and every one of my fingers. I have tried several methods to try and fix this, including closing my hand and opening it bit by by and only when we leaves it alone. I have taught him the word “gentle” but he will only listen if it a bone or chew type treat.
It has gotten to the point where he will try and get the treat out of our hands as we are getting it out of the bag or container. He is given medication in a pill pocket everyday and I have to put it on the floor or else my finger might get ripped off (mild exaggeration).
Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to resolve this issue? I know it’s my fault for letting it get to this point, but I was trying other things that were not working. I have tried the methods from YouTube channels such as Zack George and McCann dog training and have looked through a few Upstate Canine Academy videos. I’m at a loss. He isn’t food aggressive, he couldn’t care less if you touch him or mess with his food while he is eating. It’s more like he gets so excited and worked up that he can’t help himself.