Resource guarding (food, toys, etc.) is a common problem among dog owners. In the first post I talked about how we define resource guarding, what does it look like and what are the usual causes. Now we will discuss the options you have if your dog is a resource guarder:
- management – making everyone safe again
- emergency interventions
Continue reading “Help, my dog is a resource guarder! Part 2”
Resource guarding (of food, toys etc.) is a common problem. It can crop up in rescue as well as purebred dogs, sometimes already when the dog is a puppy. I believe that the better we understand our dog’s behavior, the more effectively we can help them. In this post we will cover the basics:
- What are resources and what is resource guarding?
- What does it look like?
- What causes resource guarding?
- What factors influence the prognosis for behavior modification?
- How can you prevent resource guarding in your dog?
If your dog already guards resources, read how to deal with it in the next post.
Continue reading “Help, my dog is a resource guarder! Part 1”
Food is just so very useful! You can use it to…
…figure out how stressed your dog is
If the dog is refusing food they are probably quite stressed! Get out of that situation and rethink your options! (Tip: can you increase the distance from the trigger, lower its intensity or shorten the exposure time?)
…calm them down
Sniffing for food is as natural an activity as it gets (dogs are scavengers first and hunters by necessity!). It provides information about the environment and has an overall calming effect on dogs. Looking for treats also helps them boost their confidence, they find them all on their own 🙂 If your dog is new to this, remember to start with larger, more smelly treats.
If your dog is too nervous to sniff, you can try giving them a chew toy. Chewing also calms them down.
Continue reading “10 reasons to use food on walks”
In this series we have written time and time again that equipment cannot replace training and you should not use anything that causes them discomfort and pain to make dogs stop pulling (or barking, or jumping…). At the same time, many dogs are very strong and they pose danger:
- to their owners (sprained wrists, leash burns, injuries from falls…),
- to themselves (running blindly under cars), and
- to other dogs (especially if they get loose).
In this post you will learn how to manage the situation while you train them to stop pulling (preferably with a competent professional).
Continue reading “Help, my dog pulls on the leash!”
As I wrote in my previous post, the way children behave is pretty much the opposite of what dogs like: children are loud, unpredictable and often know no boundaries. Their motoric skills are still developing so they might play rough with the dog. Or grab their toys or food. It is our responsibility as their guardians make children and dogs alike feel safe and comfortable at home. And who can teach your child better than you?
Continue reading “Children and dogs 2: teach your child the do’s and don’ts”