The Hidden K9 Resource Guarding

What causes Resource Guarding?

Resource Guarding in dogs is influenced by two thing, an entitled feeling of ownership, and secondly a lack of respect to you with regards to your authority or leadership. Genetically dogs are wired up to guard resources like food and sleeping areas, this is carried from their days as wild animals. Although we are 40k years away from when we first started to domesticate them, dogs still have their hard wiring!

In the wild the pack would for example eat in order of position in the pack, once a dog leaves the resource, such as a carcass, another dog would take their place and they can’t go back. So this drive a desire to hold onto things like bones, toys and food.

You should really be able to remove anything from your dog without push back, even if you don’t have a solid leave it command you still should be able to remove things without any signs of resistance.

If you do not have a solid leadership relationship with your dog it’s very likely to resist handing things over. If you are struggling with this it’s time to get some training in as this dangerous behaviour can and does lead to bites, which have the potential to not only change the humans life but also that of the dogs!

How Can You Fix Resource Guarding?

IThere are several things we can do to help realign our K9 Friends when it comes to this behaviour. It’s amazing how the small things we do can really change our lives with our dogs.

We can take a big picture approach by removing toys from free access, feeding in a certain way and like we would with a toddler, make sure the environment is best controlled to avoid conflict.

Taking things back to basics we need to empower a rock solid “leave it” command so that no matter what we can get the dog to leave the resource and move away, this is much safer than removing the item from our dog!

I can help you redesign feeding time a log with specific ways to alter how your dog feels about you when you remove items from them.

Working with set programs of feeding, exercise, play and obedience you will soon be able to regain the confidence to remove anything from your dog, putting in some effort is way better than a stressful and expensive vets visit.Find your Hidden K9 with Us - Choose your best option below and I hope to see you very soon.. Check out our reviews they tell the true story!

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