Fixing Resource Guarding: Do It Now, Before It Gets Worse!
It’s time to talk about a very common behavioral problem: resource guarding. As your dog learns and lives with you, you may notice natural behavioral shifts. Just like people, dogs forget things and adapt new behaviors in reaction to their surroundings, as well as learn from other dogs Not all of these are for the better and one that we come across often is what we call 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 and it can begin to shake up the way you understand your pet. This can be a huge issue when you go out in public with your dog and you will find that it can undermine the trust between the two of you.
With Show Me Dog Training St Louis, you’ll learn how to approach resource guarding as a problem that can be easily corrected with some new behavioral guidance. 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 trainer 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 we would be happy to show you how to get started retraining your dog with confidence. Give us a call to learn more at 314.627.5544.