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Old 03-10-2009, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lately, I found that my youngest has an issue with resource guarding. In the past we were more tolerable with her because she is deaf but have since learned that was not the answer. Resource Guarding can manifest. I have also learned in my work with deaf dogs many of them do have some sort of issue with resource guarding. I believe this is due to many reasons. Not being able to hear often limits when the resources are available, time to eat, play etc...A deaf dog in the wrong hands can easily wind up with resource guarding without it being there fault so to speak. Here are a couple of tips for anyone with a resource guarding issue..



1. Food Control-you may need to try this on lead the first few times. First practice with treats. The dog must understand the commands sit and wait/stay command. Put your dog in a sit. Put the food bowl down in front of your dog ask them to wait. If they start to get up while you are placing the bowl down stand up with the bowl and re-apply sit/wait. This make take several tries. When they are patiently sitting/waiting say take or whatever your release word is. Then apply this to their meals times everytime they eat. My release is both a hand signal and okay for them to take because Storm is deaf. Once they get good at waiting they won't need a lead and get creative sometimes I really make them wait for a while and other times it is brief. I am able to move around the kitchen and take my eye off them but they are focused on me waiting for my release.

People often believe that taking a bowl away from a dog while eating is good for a resource guarder which it actually only creates more anxiety. It teaches them only to eat faster bc you are going to take their food and making meal time anxious. Don't create anxiety you can still control the resouces by making them wait for food.

Bowls after meals should be taken up, do not allow bowl surfing. For the deaf dog, Touch the shoulder closest to you and ask them to sit.

2. Bones-many people see resource guarding with bones so they will put their dog in the crate for a bone which will re-enforce ownership...This bone is mine I am in my kennel, I own this bone...Resources guarders can own nothing!
For your dog to chew on a bone you must be holding the other end. If they attempt to pull it out of your hands, calmly stand up and put the bone away. After a couple of rounds with this, they will understand you are the "keeper" of the bone. You may notice your dog will ignore the bone give them a couple of moments to chew if not stand up and put it away..Sometimes resources guarders will choose to ignore something if they cannot own it. Again, a couple of rounds with this they will begin to chew, allow them to chew for 5-10 mins and calmly say "enough" stand up and put the bone away. Make sure to praise the enough command, once they stop.

You should be able to do chewing as a family and control your dog, even if you have mulitple dogs otherwise you may have a resource guarding issue.

3. People guarding- Do not allow your dog to sit on top of you they are claiming you. If they do stand up and make them get off, not with your hands. Never push your dog. Simply teach them off. The off command is a very simple obedience command. Second claiming position is standing between you and another person. Simply walk into them and move them, body block future attempts. Many think of this as protection but your dog should never feel like he has to protect you, a good leader will protect their dog. This behavior is simply claiming and has nothing to do with protection.

New Commands to Teach

Teach Leave it and Drop it.


Rules for a Resouce Guarder
1. They must understand you control everything, Crate them(if you are not home) and if you are home crate them for a couple of hours a day. If they are not in the crate have them on leash(when you are home).
2.They don't own anything. Never leave toys or food bowls out.
3.If they don't obey the "drop it" or "leave it command" Use the leash to walk them away from it. Calmly pick up the leash and walk the other direction when they drop it give them huge praise!
4.Redirect. If your dog is constantly pawing at you or being pushy redirect with commands. For example, Doggie push-ups(sit.. down.. sit... down... sit... down)
5.No Height, do not allow them to have any height, no furniture or beds. If they do get on calmy say "off" and lead them off with the leash(if they don't know off). Never grab collars or push them off with your hands.


A good leader controls all the resources for a dog whom will try and guard or claim. Resource guarding takes consistency and calmness. Never get angry, remember your dog learned this behavior somewhere so fixing it takes patience.


Just wanted to share what I have learned with my resource guarding experience, special thanks to my trainer Tara(http://www.trainbytara.com) whom always has gentle response to an ugly problem
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wow that was full of great info
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for posting - there is a lot of great information here.

Regarding bones..I always held onto my dog's bone while he chewed it and never had a problem with resource guarding..now that I have two dogs, I have been giving them each a bone and letting them go off and chew it on their own. Recently, my older dog has started to show resource guarding over his bone. I thought it was because there is now another dog in the home..sounds like it may be that I am letting him chew the bone on his own and he no longer believes that I own it. Makes sense. I'm going to practice the exercise you've described.

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Old 03-11-2009, 12:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Another good exercise is to practice it with both dogs. Usually the dog with guarding issue will try and throw a tantrum(ignore the bone or get up and walk away). Have both dogs on lead. Sit down or kneel with both dogs in the settle position. They are not allow to get up the may sit but must stay. Make sure to have the resource guarder leash with not a lot of slack(mainly so they can't get at each other). I have Hubby do this exercise with me. He observes to make sure everyone is "minding"..You offer the bone to one while the other must "wait"..Give them a couple of minutes to chew then tell them enough...When they stop tell them good job for obeying "enough"...Offer the bone to the other dog and repeat....I give them both 3 or 4 turns. This way they see that neither dog owns the bone, that in fact you choose who chews and you own the bone.

Do not allow targeting(the guarder to stare the other dog down) correct it with uhn-uhn make sure the dog doing the targeting looks away. He may look at the other dog but not allowed to stare(target)..The resource guarder may even forfit their first turn but once they see the other dog chew they will take their next turn. Don't forget they must obey Enough.

The key is if they are not obeying to stand up and put the bone away.

Resource guarding is not uncommon and many people overlook it and explain with a different behavior, I know I did.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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as always, GREAT training tips andrea

you're the one that pointed out that skiddy is ppl resource guarding. i've been after paul to not let her do that and we have seen progress.

i'm just now getting her to 'wait' in a sit/stay. not for long, but it's something. with her funky eyes it's impossible to tell if she's looking at me or not. getting her attention to look at me is a constant problem. she's such a space cadet to begin with and with funky eyes, we're not sure what she's looking at.

i've tried the tapping her on the shoulder to get her to look at me and she doesn't acknowledge me at all. i think i touch her TOO much and she's used to me petting her when she sleeps, so she's never startled or distracted when i touch her.

she will resource guard visitors that come over, so i have to leash her or crate her until she calms down. it's like a freakin zoo around here when ppl come over. thor and vetty are pretty good, but the race is on with skiddy to CATCH her. she sees me coming and hauls off around the coffee table, jumps on the couch, anything to keep me from stopping her. once i catch her she gives in and calms right down. she'll calm down within seconds as soon as i clamp on to her body and hold her securely.

deafies are definitely a piece of work!
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We had resource guarding issues with Nikita when she was younger....we did NILIF, but we're both home all day so I think she quickly caught on to our rules and what was/wasn't acceptable.
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Your working with her and any progress is progress....Deafys take time and patience...

I would Skiddy on leash when guests come over if you can...Putting her in her kennel is only putting the resource guarding on hold..She has to learn that it isn't allowed...

Danny calls Storm the princess of nothing I took up everything that belonged to her and what he doesn't understand his allowing her to be queen is what got us to this point....He allows her to do whatever she wants That all changed on Monday night when I told the trainer on him My trainer told him if you going to do that at home why are you waisting your money on me, your hurting her more then your helping her....Then it finally sunk in for him, I caught him having a talk with her, about why daddy can't allow her in bed He enforces the rules with Hulk....
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We had resource guarding issues with Nikita when she was younger....we did NILIF, but we're both home all day so I think she quickly caught on to our rules and what was/wasn't acceptable.

Resource guarding is a little different, Although NILF is great and we use its basic principles at our home on a regular basis..a true resource guarder can have respect for the leader but try to guard resources food, bones, toys, people
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lol @ danny!! yep the daddies and grampies are the WORST SPOILERS!

just wait till you have kids andrea

good idea on the leash rather than the crate. when our door bell rings, we corral all 3 of them into the crate so they can greet the guests through the bars. they can't come out until they are somewhat calm. it's impossible to hold 3 back with skiddy racing around like a fiend. she is SO puppy. we're afraid she'll be a puppy forever because she's so hard to communicate with ... off in her own little world.

i'll try the leash next time someone comes.
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We had resource guarding issues with Nikita when she was younger....we did NILIF, but we're both home all day so I think she quickly caught on to our rules and what was/wasn't acceptable.

Resource guarding is a little different, Although NILF is great and we use its basic principles at our home on a regular basis..a true resource guarder can have respect for the leader but try to guard resources food, bones, toys, people
I knew about resource guarding with food etc but now I've read this and what Grammie wrote am I right in thinking a person can be classed as resource? For example - could Arbie be resource guarding me? Because he does get wound up when certain people are around me wanting attention or he gets stroppy when Keith and I are having a conversation sometimes and barks at Keith and I have to put him in a down (Arbie not keith ).

Any help in this would be appreciated.
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