How To Handle Resource Guarding in Dogs

For mild guarding like freezing or staring, avoid reacting to not reinforce it.

Ignore Mild Behavior  

Use treat tossing and praise to counter-condition positive associations. 

Desensitize Your Dog

Punishing guarding can make dogs more fearful and worsen the behavior.

Don't Punish  

Pick up items that trigger guarding until you've worked on training.

Manage the Environment

Hand feeding teaches dogs to associate humans with receiving food.

 Hand Feed Meals

Trade a high-value treat when taking away guarded objects.

Use Trading Games

For moderate to severe guarding, seek help from a professional trainer

 Consult a Trainer 

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