Dog Resource Guarding – Should You Approach?

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dog resource guarding - should you approach?

This may be your favorite shoe, but it is best to not approach this gal right now.  She has something of high value to her. Her eyes have shifted toward you and she is hovering over her shoe. Possessive aggression or resource guarding can pose serious danger. If you push the limit, she probably will escalate to a low growl or snarl…and may eventually snap. Do not practice challenging your dog or stealing her possessions. In this instance, you could redirect her attention to another valued activity or ignore her. Then set her up for success in the future by teaching her to reliably give you things when asked, and teaching her that giving up things of value only means she either gets those things right back or something of greater value.


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