Anyone know of a good website or book or something that deals with a dog guarding a food resource and getting aggressive with another dog?

Today, Maui scared Cali and I because he attacked her (growl/snap and lunge as she backed away so he could continue to snap/growl) over a treat. I never saw him like that. He's growled a few times in the past 3 years over food but nothing that caused me to worry because it was minor and stopped right away with a loud "Knock it off" (which is that even good ok?). I read a few threads in the past on this topic but not enough to remember it well. I've also seen some websites but nothing specific to work on the dog to dog issue. I don't want to never let them have treats together so I am willing to work on it as much as I need to.
So, what are the best tips for what to do during and after an incident? And how best to prevent it? My gut tells me that for now, Maui gets no treats or only when crated alone, but is that right? And what the deal with crating? The incident happened about an hour ago and I immediately picked him up and put him in the crate. I haven't acknowledged his existence since then, because if I would it wouldn't be in a good way as I am mad at him right now (which I know might not be fair and doesn't help anything).

Anyway, THANKS in advance.
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I should mention in case it is important that Maui is still not feeling/acting totally healthy after his stomach issues from 2 weeks ago and is still on 2 medicines for it.
I don't want to never let them have treats together so I am willing to work on it as much ... mad at him right now (which I know might not be fair and doesn't help anything). Anyway, THANKS in advance.

What are you calling a treat? Treats should be consumed, not hoarded. We give them in order most of the time, but I mix it up as well. Rudy is a slower eater than the other 2 and gets his last most of the time. The others are NOT allowed to try to take it (although he will let them). My job is to make sure they know that. They don't go to each others' bowls either.
The crate is something that I have certainly used for a time out when needed, but an adult dog? Nope - they better have enough obedience to down and stay as I tell them to. He currently has no clue why he's in there and ignored. Get over it.
Bigger treats (bones) - teach each dog to eat their own, on their bed only, if they're not sharers.

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Anyone know of a good website or book or something that deals with a dog guarding a food resource and ... mad at him right now (which I know might not be fair and doesn't help anything). Anyway, THANKS in advance.

I would have had a "Come to Jesus meeting" with Maui the first time there was ever a hint of green eyes and stopped and let it be known that sort of behavior was never going to be allowed. Not even.
No leniency for curled lips, snarkyness, or even a rumble. What you did was good, IF it went far enough to make the point to Maui.

I would have taken it farther. I want the dog to know the end of the world is coming if they even THINK of a piggy word.
It's simply NOT TOLERATED.. and even a fleeting thought will turn you to a pillar of salt.
I should mention in case it is important that Maui is still not feeling/acting totally healthy after his stomach issues from 2 weeks agoand is still on 2 medicines for it.

Since I have two rather large dogs, both of whom I acquired after the puppy stage, I have to be immediate, firm, harsh when controlling bad behaviors. When one of mine displays a behavior such as the one you described, I grab them by the collar and take them down to their side, repeating NO in a strong, firm voice. And I keep them down on their side until they submit, relax, etc. Then I repeat the NO again before letting them back up again. Don't know if this will help you much, but it does work with mine.

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Jen,
I have a book suggestion for you.
Aggression In Dogs
by Brenda Aloff
Practical management, prevention & Behavior Modification It was suggested to me by Elegy awhile ago, but I just got around to getting it.
Your situation may be a one time event or not! Don't be put off by the title it has a lot of great information in general about dog behavior. It is a huge book and an easy read. (over 400 pages) Good luck with your dogs.
Be Free..Judy
What are you calling a treat?

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it was filled with kibble that comes out and dog jerky that doesn't
Treats should be consumed, not hoarded. We give them in order most of the time, but I mix it up ... will let them). My job is to make sure they know that. They don't go to each others' bowls either.

Cali plays with her treats. Maui eats quickly and then suffers watching Cali play with her food rather than eat it. I guess thats not fair but its usually not a problem and Cali is just so dang cute the way she bounces around throwing the piece of kibble or a treat in the air and chasing it down again. anyway, the small treats and kibble aren't a problem but I guess the toy filled treat was too much reward for Maui to not fight over it. he has been out of the crate for about 20 minutes and hasn't made a peep yet. Cali was playing with the toy and Maui let her. She left and he went over to it. I said leave it and he listened immediately. he is now resting.
The crate is something that I have certainly used for a time out when needed, but an adult dog? Nope - they better have enough obedience to down and stay as I tell them to.

yes, probably, but my first thought was the crate so that's what happened. other times, he gets put in a sit/stay when I need him to be.
He currently has no clue why he's in there and ignored. Get over it.

even if he doesn't know why he was there, it kept him away from me at a time when I needed him to be away. I put him in there originally to be able to fully check on Cali and make sure she wasn't hurt.

as for even having one, i like to keep it just in case I have a circumstance like this morning where right before I was heading to work, Maui came in muddy and I wanted to bathe him when I got home so he went in there to keep the furniture clean until I got home from work.
Bigger treats (bones) - teach each dog to eat their own, on their bed only, if they're not sharers.

I think that sounds like a good idea for Maui. to only get a treat in one spot. any tips for training him this way?
I would have had a "Come to Jesus meeting" with Maui the first time there was ever a hint of green eyes and stopped and let it be known that sort of behavior was never going to be allowed. Not even.

Before I always corrected his behavior with a firm "knock it off" which settled it (the growling) on the first warning. he also lost the treat/toy/whatever. This time it seemed to happen faster and the "knock it off" came too late (after the snap).
No leniency for curled lips, snarkyness, or even a rumble. What you did was good, IF it went far enough to make the point to Maui. I would have taken it farther.

meaning what exactly?
Jen, I have a book suggestion for you. Aggression In Dogs by Brenda Aloff Practical management, prevention & Behavior Modification ... about dog behavior. It is a huge book and an easy read. (over 400 pages) Good luck with your dogs.

thanks for the book suggestion. I will check it out on ebay or amazon.
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