Tips to Stop a Culver City Puppy From Resource Guarding

By: David Codr

Published Date: October 25, 2018

For this Culver City dog training session we helped Ollie, an 8 month-old Mini Australian Shepherd, sharing tips on how to stop a dog from resource guarding.

Ollie was quite excited to meet me and showed a few unwanted behaviors due to excitement; demand barking and jumping on me. His guardians can use this positive dog training trick to stop him from jumping on guests in the future.

I usually suggest the guardians call or text one another when they are on the way home and then to knock at the door pretending to be a guest. This dog behavior tip only works when the dog is excited and people arriving usually fits that bill.

I went over ways to flip the leader follower dynamic, how to add structure and shared some creative ways to increase his daily exercise before we turned to the primary dog behavior problem that guardians wanted help with; stopping resource guarding.

Helping dogs learn to stop resource guarding is all about teaching the dog that the humans aren’t trying to steal or take its stuff. This is why forcibly taking something away from a resource guarding dog is about the worst thing you can do. That validates the reason the dog is guarding in the first place.

To help the guardians stop their dog from resource guarding, I had them pull out an object he usually guards so I could show them how to use Dog Psychology to stop resource guarding in a positive way.

Helping a dog with a rescue guarding problem is one of my favorites as one of Los Angeles resident dog behavior experts as this problem is often understood.

While Ollie didn’t show his resource guarding behavior in the above free dog training video, the approach is pretty easy to implement and Im confident the guardians now have the tool to stop his resource guarding for good.

The only other concern was his pulling on the leash so I showed the guardians how to add the special twist to the martingale and how to use it to stop Oliver from pulling on the leash on walks.

To help the guardians remember all the dog behavior tips I shared in this in home dog training session, we shot a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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