Resource Guarding is the act of aggressively protecting objects including: toys, food, different areas, Sofas and even you! Anything your dog’s perceives as valuable to him can be protected by snarling, growling and even snapping at you. Your dog may even show signs of object guarding when simply approaching his/her sleeping space or patting your dog.
A common instance where this occurs is when approaching your dog when he/she has:
- Items (give or stolen)
- Human Food
One of the first signs that you should be aware of is when the ears start pointing backwards or perhaps they go very still or rigid; typical body language for resource guarding.
Other signs include: crouching over the object, displaying what’s known as ‘whale eye’ where their head is turned away but their eyes are still looking towards you (google images of whales and you will see why), lips are slightly pulled back (almost like your dog is grinning) and the eyes might look dilated.
In two sessions you will be a lot more confident around your dog as the resource guarding becomes a lot more manageable.