God Didn’t Make Little Green Apples? Dogs and Food Aggression

DOG AGGRESSION AND MR PEANUT

Roger Miller sang something about LOVE and Little Green Apples. Which is perfect for my Blog about Food Aggression in Dogs and what to do to correct this behaviour. 

And if that’s not lovin’ me
Then all I’ve got to say
God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
And there’s no such thing as Doctor Seuss
Or Disneyland, and Mother Goose, no nursery rhyme
God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
And when my self is feelin’ low
I think about her face aglow and ease my mind

Read more: Roger Miller – Little Green Apples Lyrics | MetroLyrics

My backyard is full of trees. Trees line my backyard  Wagon Train style. I’ve been told by tree experts that where the trees were planted prevents them from baring full-sized fruit.This year, we currently have a bumper crop of very ittle green apples on our dwarf apple trees. The apples grow to about 2 to 3″s and then fall off the tree. What happens next is  that the wild bunny family (who lives under my garden shed), the squirrels and last but not least tiny, 4 lb, Mr Peanut, my Chi, have a feast and make merry.

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Yesterday, Mr Peanut walked into the house with his mouth completely stuffed with a little green apple.  Mr Peanut then walked to my bedroom, climbed up the fake sheep skinned, covered dog stairs,  lay down on my bed and started munching his organic fruit treasure. He had served himself breakfast in bed.
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At first I wasn’t exactly sure what he has eating  and tried to check out  what he had. Mr Peanut let out a long, low growl and bared his sharp teeny teeth. At least I knew he didn’t have anything that was posioness, but Mr Peanut was showing very Alpha behaviour. I wanted to make sure he didn’t think that was okay.
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What I did was,  I shook my head and said “No.”  I talked  calmly and gently to him and told him “I’m not taking your apple”
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I did not want to challenge him when he was demonstrating aggressive behaviour. I did not back away.  I kept talking quietly and with a smiling face, kept repeating  “Mr Peanut, I’m not  taking your apple.”  Very slowly, little by little, I put my hand nearer and nearer to him while shaking my head, yes. . When he growled I slowly took my hand away I said a firm “ugh, ugh.”  while shaking my head, no. When he calmed down I said “Good boy, Good boy Mr Peanut. I kept this up until he let me touch apple. I was happy that Mr Peanut had passed this first step.


I think it is wisdom to not test a very angry little Chihuahua and take away his food.  I plan to continue to work with him until he is able to give up food,

I love the following Cesar Millan article.  He gives very good advice.

ps: I think God did make little green apples but while writing this I couldn’t get the song out of my head.

Be Well,

Nancy@Littlerdogs

 Food aggression and what to do about it By Cesar Millan

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