Bullmastiff Question

We have a beautiful 5 year male Bullmastiff who has begun growling and snapping. Can you help?

He is especially sensitive around food but also growls, on occasion, when approached. Any ideas what we can do? (the vet down here is afraid of him).

    In Bullmastiff - Asked by Anonymous - 4/19/2014 9:07:20 PM
Your vet should never be afraid of your dog. So one, get a new vet. Two, your Bullmastiff is showing signs of food/possession aggression. What you need to do is to find a positive reinforcement trainer as soon as possible to stop the behavior before it gets worse. A growl is a warning before a bite. If you feel confident on working with your dog alone, look up Dr. Yin's low-stress handling website and watch her video's on working with dogs with food/possession aggression using counter-conditioning.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/1/2014 12:21:35 AM