How to Stop a Dog From Resource Guarding Food

By: David Codr

Published Date: December 3, 2019

Atticus and Wrigley Scount not pictured - How to Stop a Dog From Resource Guarding Food

For this Omaha dog training session we shared tips to eliminate resource guarding in dogs to help Scout, a 5 year-old Plot Hound (not pictured) stop going after his roomies 3 year-old Shepard mix Atticus (left) and 2 year-old Yellow Labrador Wrigley when they get close to things she is guarding.

Because Atticus and Scout had gotten into a few fights due to this resource guarding problem, their humans had kept the dogs separated. While this is a good maintenance plan, its not going to stop the dog from resource guarding.

One of the dog behavior tips I shared in this session was to arrange for the dogs to have some positive shared experiences. Going for walks together, and other activities the dogs enjoy and can participate in together without any aggression or reactivity can be very beneficial towards mending the riff or erasing / fading bad memories.

When you have dogs who stop getting along, its important to build in some fun things so the dogs have positive associations with the other dog.

To help Scout learn she doesn’t need to guard her food, humans or other things, I handed one of her humans my camera so we can film a free positive dog training video detailing the secret to stopping resource guarding in dogs.

If the guardians make a list of all the things Scout has resource guarded, and progressively practice this trick to stopping a dog from resource guarding, they should be able to help the dog give up resource guarding for good.

To help the humans remember all the dog behavior tips we covered in this in home Omaha dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success video.

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This post was written by: David Codr