in a puppy? Do you think it is unusual for a puppy to resource guard? Tucker has done it since the day we got him. He wouldn't be too bad when he had a forbidden object, he just wouldn't let go (he's surprisingly strong). Then he started growling as well so I taught him drop it and he listens SUPER well to it. I find my parents forget they need to use the exact command word (they'll try saying let go instead of drop it and don't understand why it doesn't work). Mom's figuring it out though. They also weren't carrying treats, but they do now, or at least mom does. Anyway he would flip out when you physically prevented him from doing something. For example one day He and Phoebe had a meeting (Phoebe continues hating him) and Phoebe wanted to leave so they started walking away. He was flipping out on the end of the leash because he wanted to get to her, I started pulling him back to the stairs to go inside but was worried about him hurting himself (he would do full flips) so I picked him up and he went crazy with biting me, not normal puppy biting, serious "you let go of me now" biting. And I guess he bit mom pretty bad the other day. After dinner they left some of the pork on the table and Willie stole it (which he always does, I don't know why they haven't figured it out) and then Tucker took it from him (mostly assumtion, Willie probably didn't like it) and they saw him with it and mom went to take it and he bit her. I wasn't there so I don't know how intense he was and I don't know if mom tried asking for a drop it, I doubt it though. Cause I know what I would have done, I'd likely have asked for a drop it (as he is really good at it), picked up the pork, and gave it (or some of it) back as it's already been all over the floor, we don't want it and it'd have been a good training opportunity. They're still having a really hard time housebreaking him too, he hasn't gone a day without an accident. They probably should have gotten an adult, but low an behold they have a puppy and there's nothing they can do about that. A terrier like puppy to boot. Anyway, do you think resource guarding in a pup is a very bad sign (like he just has a terrible temperament), or is it just a normal dog thing? I know it's normal for adult dogs, but I don't know with pups. I really wish I was there so I could work with him and really make them do certain things with him. I know they are not watching him well enough as he's chewed through a wire and a chunk of the coffee table, obviously eyes were not on him like they were when I was there. I'm going home on the 8th so I think it'll be training boot camp for my parents. Not that they'll necassarily stick to it but I got to try. So how worried should I be about this?