2017 Resource Guarding Guide 2017-02-14T01:19:06+00:00

Resource Guarding Guide

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Resource guarding occurs when your dog feels that there is a certain resource that is under threat by people, other dogs, or animals. These resources can include:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Entrances/Exits
  • Toys
  • Bones/Treats
  • Beds
  • People

Is your Dog displaying any of these behaviors when you, or others, get too close to one of these resources?

  • Becoming stiff as you approach
  • Displaying whale-eye or side-eye
  • Hunkering over their resource
  • Growling or snarling
  • Baring their teeth
  • Biting or snapping

Your dog may be engaging in “resource guarding” behavior. This can make even the most common activities with your dog like feeding, playing, or walking a nightmare. Don’t worry though! Resource guarding can be remedied with training, positive reinforcement, and a little patience.

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