|Barked: Tue Apr 17, '12 7:38pm PST |
|I'm curious, why are you allowing your dog to be possessive with food? There should be no question that you run the show, and if you need to take away something from the dog it shouldn't be a big deal.
Please don't believe that we "allow" our dogs to behave badly. Resource guarding is an instinctive behavior, and it's not easy to fix.
I have two young dogs that have problems with resource guarding over food, and it can quickly become a terrifying situation that is difficult to deal with. I've been bitten by both dogs, each time once to show me that there was indeed a problem. Nowadays if I need to remove a bone from the dogs, it's a team effort with my fiance to draw the dogs out of their crate with something tastier, close a door behind them and allow myself to retrieve the bone.
I have never found a SAFE quick-fix. We are content with planning out meals that won't involve us stepping in our dogs' space. And that's just the thing.. I can't really be up-in-arms over the fact that my dog is being just that, a dog. I try to avoid it if possible and do what I can to improve the behavior, but I don't really expect it to go away.
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