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Resource Guarding

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by ouesi, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. ouesi

    ouesi Guest

    You have to intervene sooner.
    When you see a situation that might get iffy, intervene. Call him to you, diffuse the tension, change the subject if you will.
    So for example with the Spaniel was annoying him, call your dog away, shoo the spaniel away and give your own dog a break.
    If there are toys involved, watch closely, any signs of tension, call him away, diffuse, then try again.

    Though ideally I wouldn't allow play/interactions between dogs when there are resources involved. I do with my own dogs who live together, but not random dogs who don't regularly share space.
  2. Caroline Hart

    Caroline Hart PetForums Newbie

    Nov 7, 2017
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    Sorry but I'm new to this forum, and couldn't see where to post for the best!

    I need some advice about resource guarding, my daughter has a cocker poo who stayed with me at the weekend, I knew he had a problem with resource guarding but I forgot as my other dogs dont and I went to take something from him and he turned on me biting my arm and growling quite viciously . My concern is how should she deal with this as she has three children and obviously they have friends come and play and it is a worry if they took something from him!
  3. Girlymonkey

    Girlymonkey PetForums Newbie

    Mar 19, 2017
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    I think the first stage it approaching when he has something that he might guard, and from whatever distance is safe and he is still relaxed, you throw a high value treat to him (maybe cheese, a bit of steak, whatever is highly valued by him) and then you move away. Do this for a while until he is relaxed with you going right up to him with the treat (don't push it too far too quickly, just a few times per session). Then maybe reach towards the resource he is guarding while giving him the treat, then touch the guarded object etc. When you do eventually get to take the object from him, give it back again immediately with the high value treat as before. If my dog has a high value chew or bone, I periodically take it and add a smear of cream cheese to it and give it back. This keeps him assuming that if I take something then it is worthwhile for him.
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  4. kimthecat

    kimthecat PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2009
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    Good advice from Girlymonkey.

    When your granddaughters friends visit , your daughter needs to make sure there is nothing left lying around that he can guard .
  5. Rachel Oxburgh

    Rachel Oxburgh PetForums Newbie

    Aug 16, 2018
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    Hi there,
    thanks for this - it's very useful. I have a 4-month old puppy who is becoming increasingly aggressive around a range of resources. I am trying to work out whether we need professional help or if I can sort it out myself. The article you posted mentions a scale 'on page 5' but it's not included in your post. Do you have the scale? (and if so, could you post it?).
    Many thanks!
  6. Cayley

    Cayley PetForums Junior

    Jul 21, 2018
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    I’ve been online and struggling to find answers so was wondering if anyone had any idea how to handle, not guarding over food, but stress?

    My pups always been a bit panicked over dinner: speeds up in a frenzie if you come near to her bowl. We’ve been fighting this by dropping treats into her bowl, luring her away with treats and letting her go back. It’s what our trainer said to do to avoid her getting aggressive.

    She’s now 7 months and not much has changed. She’ll recall away from her dinner fine and I can go near her without her speeding up too much. But the whole time I can see she is worried the food will disappear. (She won’t take her eyes off it.) Now If I give her a cows ear she takes it into the other room to eat.

    The problem is more pronounced with my husband. He hid her food ball and told her to find it. We play it a lot as I’m trying to train her to find a scent. When she found it, she squatted and peed a tiny bit. I’m pretty sure it’s a submissive wee, not an excited one as she only does it around food. She’s done it with me once since but multiple times with my husband.

    He does work away Mon-Fri which only started a couple of months ago so I’m wondering if it’s confusing her...

    Also, since spending the weekend at his parents, she has taken to whining and carrying her food bowl “at” us after she has eaten until told to “leave it.” And then she will go and occupy herself with something else.

    She is part Lab and so food is VERY important to her. Also she isn’t submissive in any other situation and is very confident with strangers and other dogs. (A little too confident actually.)
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