Of course the easiest solution for food guarding is prevention. Jenn and Eric taught me as a puppy that humans being around my food bowl was a good thing so even now that I'm grown up I don't guard food. And Jet did some more intense food guarding when she was a puppy and Jenn taught her that humans can be trusted and it was OK to let them near your food bowl.
Here are some proven options from positive pet professionals on how to safely work with a dog that guards food:
- Food Guarding from ASPCA
- The behavior modification program suggested by the ASPCA involves rewarding the dog with something really yummy when a human approaches the bowl:
- There are more videos here of dogs before/after this behavioral modification program.
And be sure to ask what type of methods any trainer uses before allowing them to work with your dog. If they claim to be positive, but use choke, prong, or shock collars or use force or intimidation, then find another trainer that does not resort to these tools/methods.