How concerning is resource guarding...

Discussion in 'Dog Training Forum' started by Maxy24, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    I agree but didn't word it well. I see that he doesn't want to be held because he wants to run up the stairs (for example) to follow your Mom like you were describing. Or maybe he doesn't want to be held because he wants to go get a toy or see another puppy. So, yeah...if you make situations like that, except milder triggers when you can, and reinforce him for self control...for waiting just for a couple seconds, then you can release him as a reward for waiting nicely while being held or waiting on a leash or whatever. And avoid really strong triggers or making him wait for too long at first.

    With some dogs, releasing would be enough of a reward. But since he's apt to bite the whole time he's being held, the addition of a steady delivery of treats while he's being held can make being held, (being kept from what he wants)... not so bad. But again, try not to make him wait for so long. And don't wait for him to start biting to give treats. Those two things shouldn't be paired. Waiting for your Mom to go all the way up the stairs may be too much for him. So, see if there are other practice situations that can be set up which are easier for him and then work up to that.

    I always liked this article. Maybe your Mom and Dad can read it too. And if they're into this, you can show them some stuff on clicker training: 26. Zen

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