Stopping a Dog From Resource Guarding its Kennel

By: David Codr

Published Date: June 11, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we help 2 year-old German Shorthair Pointer mix Lyle stop resource guarding his kennel.

In this case, stopping a dog from resource guarding a kennel was a bit more challenging due to the layout of the home. The kennel is positioned near the exit to the room and stairs which has the potential to make things dangerous. That’s why I added the tossing the treats away at the end of the free dog behavior training video. Practicing that part of the resource guarding exercise regularly should help lessen any potential for problems.

Teaching a dog it doesnt need to guard its kennel is the core component here. This secret to stopping resource guarding in dogs is all about proving to the dog that a human’s presence isn’t anything to be wary of. In fact, its an indicator that good things are about to happen.

If the guardians practice this strategy to stop Lyle’s resource guarding a few times a day and keep him below threshold (not reacting) while gradually decreasing the distance, they should be able to stop resource guarding for good. Fortunately you don’t have to be a professional German Shorthair Pointer dog trainer to help a dog get over resource guarding with this approach.

There were a number of other issues the guardians wanted help with. We knocked many of them out in this session, but I told them Id like to come back in month to work on the things we didn’t get a chance to address in today’s session. Resource guarding in dogs can be dangerous so focusing on helping the dog stop resource guarding the kennel needed to be the number one priority.

To help the guardians remember all the tips I shared in this in home Omaha dog training session, we shot a roadmap to success video.

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