To correct resource guarding behaviour you first need to understand why your dog is exhibiting this behaviour. More often than not, resource guarding is due to anxiety, insecurity and fear rather than aggression. Assess your dog’s needs and choose an approach to restore their confidence and sense of security to eliminate resource guarding behaviours.
Losing a dog is never easy but making those tough choices is part of being a good dog owner. Willow the Doberman will always have a special place in my heart.
Major the Doberman taught me two valuable lessons about the importance of understanding dog behaviour and communication. Both have been applied to my dog training philosophy today.
Dogs need both positive and negative reinforcement for effective training. This is why so called “positive only training” doesn’t work. Find out how training tools like e-collars help to teach dogs boundaries and self-control as part of their training.
Working and sharing my life with Apollo made me a better person and a better dog trainer. His behaviour challenged me and motivated me to learn and develop my skills. RIP Apollo. Good boy.