Resource guarding in dogs is a behavior where dogs protect what they consider a valuable resource, such as food, toys, or even a favorite human.
Dogs with resource-guarding behavior may eat faster, deny access by protecting the item, or display aggression, including growling, snarling, and even biting.
Resource guarding can occur due to fear, lack of confidence, a need for control and routine, attempts to establish hierarchy, or a response to confrontational approaches.
Awareness of the problem, creating a management plan, and providing relaxation during feeding time are crucial steps in managing resource guarding in dogs.
After a few weeks of a new feeding routine, you can start creating a new emotional response in your dog. This involves associating your approach with additional food.
If a dog shows resource-guarding behaviors towards other dogs, it's best to separate them during feeding or when a favorite item is present.
Don't give high-value items unless your dog can enjoy them in peace. Teach your dog to trade items and cues like "drop it" or "leave it".