Tips to Stop a Husky From Resource Guarding a Water Bowl at Daycare

By: David Codr

Published Date: February 17, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we share tips to stop a dog from resource guarding a water bowl to stop 2 year-old Husky Malakai (Pictured here with 6 year-old Jack Russell’s Sophie and Gracie) from going after dogs who come near the bowl at daycare.

We spent a good portion of the session going over how to create a healthy leader follower dynamic. All three dogs have issues; the JRT’s are stressed out due to Malakai’s behavior, acting out in ways to try to assert their leadership (sitting on top of the couch, climbing on top of the humans to claim them, barking to disagree) while Malakai invades space, demands attention and threw an epic temper tantrum when the harness was brought out and he wasn’t IMMEDIATELY taken to Dogtopia.

This was on the upper limits of determination of the dogs Ive worked with. I have seen worse, but not many. This is a great illustration of a dog that needs to develop more self control, discipline and respect for his humans. I suggested they start petting with a purpose, reward desired behaviors through passive training, increase exercise and most of all, introduce and strictly enforce rules. If the guardians want to get the dogs to change, they must change themselves.

This trick to help a dog learn to stay calm when being leashed up. Practicing this exercise a few times a day independent of going for a walk will do wonders for mister Malakai.

The main issue we were called in for was to help Malakai stop resource guarding the water bowl when at daycare. Stopping resource guarding in dogs is all about teaching the dog the arrival of the person or dog does not signify the resource is about to be lost. I was going to demonstrate how to help dogs with resource guarding with Malakai but due to his 30 minute temper tantrum, I used his room mates Sophie and Gracie instead.

This trick to stop a dog from resource guarding works on all variations of the problem; people, places or things. You don’t have to be a professional Husky dog trainer to do it either. You just have to be observant, patient and have the time to practice.

To help the guardians remember everything we covered in this in home Omaha dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success video.

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