If your dog shows signs of food aggression, punishment or grabbing the food bowl away aren’t the answer. If anything, those actions may escalate your dog’s anxiety, fear and aggression. The dog may respond by guarding other items in an effort to maintain control. At the same time, retreating when your dog shows aggression may also reinforce the behavior.
If your dog shows severe signs of aggression, for your safety, consider working with a veterinary behavior specialist, a certified applied animal behaviorist or professional trainer with experience in food aggression.