Resource Guarding: Fix it Before it Gets Worse
As your dog learns and lives with you, you may notice behavioral shifts. Not all of these are for the better and one that we come across often is resource guarding. Resource guarding is defined by territorial behavior that develops in relationship to a resource, but this doesn’t have to be a type of food or a certain area – it can also be a toy, a bed, another pet or, or a person. The dog will become uncooperative, defensive, and potentially aggressive if you approach and try to touch or remove what they’re guarding. Under certain circumstances this can be startling and potentially dangerous for owners or different dogs. This can be a huge issue when you go out in public with your dog and undermine the trust between the two of you.
With Sally Said So’s help, you’ll learn how to approach resource guarding as a problem that can be easily corrected. Once you set the boundaries, employ basic obedience training, and establish yourself as the leader of the pack again, you’ll be able to communicate to your dog and any other dogs in the pack that resource guarding is unacceptable.
If you’re having problems with resource guarding and want to rebalance the relationship between you and your dog, call us for a behavioral assessment. Our experienced trainers will come and visit you and your dog one on one to study the dynamic between you two and get right to the heart of the problem with a personalized training program. Although resource guarding can be scary to experience, it’s not the end of the world, and an aggressive dog can always be corrected out of its behavior – you just might need a little help to get started doing it.