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Resource Guarding

Problem Behaviours

Why You Shouldn't Say "I Can Take A Bone Off My Dog"

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

As with many aspects of dog training, when teaching a “give” cue it’s important to consider not just the end result (does the dog drop the item from their mouth) but also the dog’s emotional state. The reason that this is so important when teaching give is that creating a negative association with surrendering valuable items to a human is one of th...

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Problem Behaviours

Why Dogs Resource Guard

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

There is a lot of misinformation floating around the dog owning community regarding resource guarding. You’ve probably heard one or both of the following: “If your puppy growls at you over a bone, you can’t let them “win” and must take it off them” “Dogs that guard things are trying to be dominant – you must show them who’s boss”

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Problem Behaviours

The Easy-To-Miss Early Signs Of Resource Guarding

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Most of us would notice if our dog started growling and snapping at us over their food, but did you know that there are plenty of body language signals that dogs give BEFORE the problem gets that bad? Resource guarding is a very common behavioural problem amongst dogs. It’s when a dog acts aggressively in order to maintain possession over something...

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Reactive Dogs

How Dogs Act Before They Bite

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Dog bites can be prevented by learning the body language signals that dogs give off in the lead up to a bite. Dogs generally don't "bite out of nowhere" unless these early signals have been ignored repeatedly or punished. Here are the signals that a dog will give as they move down the road to a bite, and what they mean:

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Reactive Dogs

Why You Should Never Punish A Growling Dog

Madeleine Ross, CPDT-KA, November 8 2018

Famous animal behaviourist Ian Dunbar says that punishing a dog for growling is like removing the ticker from a time bomb. Dogs use growling as a way of letting you know that they are stressed or upset. If you punish a dog for growling, you run the risk that they will avoid the early warning procedure and go straight for a bite the next time that...

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