Puppy Resource Guarding Basics with Jocelyn Walls CPDT & CTC | Pupford
August 10th, 2023
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Has your dog or puppy started resource guarding? Maybe they growl when you try and take a toy or bone... or maybe they get defensive of their treats around other dogs. Or they may even start to transition from No matter what type of resource guarding your dog may be doing, it's important to understand the behavior and help stop it early on!
Simply put, a dog guard resources out of a natural fear that the resource may go away. Resource guarding can happen with toys, bones, treats, food, or even their own body (a resource).
INTRODUCTION OF JOCELYN
Jocelyn has been training and consulting with dogs for over 10 years. She has her CTC and CPDT. She spent the majority of her career working with the rehab & , often in very dire or difficult situations. Since 2018, she’s been running her own dog training company called Muttineer and is based out of Los Angeles.
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OVERVIEW OF RESOURCE GUARDING BASICS
It's important to note that resource guarding can quickly become a serious issue if not addressed. If you are concerned, please contact a professional, positive-reinforcement-based dog trainer in your area!
- Normal, biological behavior where a dog is coveting , food, body, etc.
- Fear-based behavior where you see an outburst where a dog feels their resources are being threatened
- Never go head-to-head with a dog to create more competition over that item
- If your dog is displaying warning signs, stay back, don’t go towards your dog
- Don’t put more pressure / mirror your dog’s aggressive body posturing
- Create an environment where your dog feels safe with their resources
- Diffuse the situation when your dog is uncomfortable and immediately back off
- Present a high-value trade to replace the item they have
- to get to the root of your dog’s resource guarding
- Provide management for pets
- If your dog is resource guarding, a may not be the best place to be
- Protect them from feeling the need to guard their items
- Do things that are in line with your dog’s capabilities
- Call in the trainer at the first warning signs
- Don’t sweep it under the rug, get the issue addressed as soon as possible
- Hand feeding your puppy right out of their bowl
- Teaching them that hands are a great holder for their high-value chews
- Practicing trades back and forth to teach your dog that dropping is okay because they will get another treat in exchange
- Grabbing paws
- Grabbing collars
- Touching ears
- Holding them / restraining them
- ALL WITHIN THEIR COMFORT LEVELS
Note: with more than one animal, management is SO important. Be aware of your dog’s limitations and . If you are having trouble with this, get a professional in your home and take care of this before it escalates into something.