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Preventing resource guarding - puppies

This is a wonderful piece on resource guarding prevention with puppies. So many people think you should take a puppy's food away, or "mess" with their food, to teach resource guarding prevention. Absolutely not!

This is exactly how I teach puppies not to resource guard. It's detailed in this great piece from Chronicles of a Dog Trainer. Short answer is to drop yummy things INTO your puppy's bowl on a regular basis, so they learn that you coming near their food is a predictor of good things happening!

Full article is here: https://stacythetrainer.blogspot.com...Dog+Trainer%29


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Nice read MC ! I was at first afraid to read it - I may have did something wrong - But that is what we have done will all the puppies as the article said to do - LOL The funny thing - and nock on wood - we have never had a resource protective dog , hope It stays that way
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I wish someone would print up a little sticker that says NEVER DO THIS TO YOUR DOG! And in smaller letters and parenthesis (stick your hand in their food or mess with them while they are eating.)

I'd like to stick it on the forehead of ever person I've seen do this to a dog.

And I'd really like to know who started that myth. I don't remember it being a common practice when I first had dogs (1959) but sometime in the mid 60's it became the popular thing to do--not just to your own dogs but to other people's dogs for no good reason.

Thanks MeadowCat--I had someone do that one time with my first Doberman--he wasn't the friendliest dog in the world--the people he liked he loved but a guy, a total stanger to me and the dog did that to him --my dog was beyond amazed--as were his girlfriend and I. I yelled at him--that made my dog step back to see if there was something really wrong that he needed to correct.

It was then the man's turn to be totally amazed...

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I never had a resource guarding dog either, thank goodness. Even Kip, who was about as glued to his tennis ball as you can get LOL , was still OK with me taking it from him. One thing that helped (with a toy, not food), I think--I always gave it right back.

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This is definitely geared towards resource guarding of food.

I start teaching "trading" for items really early, and have had great success with my dogs having no trouble with resource guarding any object. My first Doberman, who had very high prey drive, actually dropped a live rabbit out of her mouth! I think we were both equally surprised by that turn of events

There are great ways to teach dogs early.
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