This is one website which I had found helpful in explaining resource guarding and how to overcome it.
Resource guarding regarding other dogs or animals, I always put out multiples of every toy so that there is no way to hoard any one prized possession. There was a period where I removed all toys, because there was just too much jockying going on, then I reintroduced them---putting out multiples of the most boring toys first, then adding in the more exciting toys. I also leave the toys out all the time, to dull the excitement surrounding "toys."
If a dog is guarding a resource from a human, and you take that item away, you will often make the behavior worse. By taking the item away, you reinforce the instinct that the item needed to be guarded. To remove a guarded item, I would swap out that item by offering something more enticing, usually food, and remove the guarded item very matter-of-factly. It should then get to the point where the dog is willing to give up anything to you because they anticipate getting something better.
pLaurent wrote:For a dog who is already guarding food or resources, depriving him of them makes him think he was right to guard them.
a-bull wrote:My female is extremely dominant and I have encountered all of the above problems with her taking away toys, hoarding, etc. It takes a ton of time, working with them and their toys together, and giving commands.
I can now leave out a bucket of toys and although she will sometimes pull a toy from my other guy 'just because she can,' I respond to that behavior by getting another of the same toy and playing with both dogs.
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