GUARDING AGAINST “GUARDING RESOURCES”

When a dog warns a human or another dog to stay away from his/her food, toys, bed, or anything they consider belonging to them, it is referred to as guarding resources. The warning can be a low growl, raised lip, or biting/snapping.

There are recommended steps to take to modify this behavior, especially if your dog’s show of dislike when you approach, has escalated to a point that you become fearful. Whenever aggression is surfacing, it’s best to get professional training for your dog and your family. That said, let’s talk about puppy steps to try to prevent the unwanted behavior of guarding resources. Prevention is always better than trying to work on a cure.

Even if you have a sweet loving puppy, 8 to 16 weeks approximate age, that shows absolutely no sign of aggressive behavior, if you touch his food, toys, etc, it’s important to take certain steps toward preventing your puppy from guarding resources.

Place food bowls out in the open, and not in the corner of a room or in the puppy’s crate. ...

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